Hornbill Festival

Terms and Conditions: The Hornbill Festival is held from the 1st - 10th December every year. This tour is applicable for travel from 1st December - 12th December, 2019 and you will be at Kisama on 5th and 6th December, 2019 to witness the Hornbill festivities.

Arrive in Kolkata. You will be met by our Peirce & Leslie colleague who will escort you to your hotel.

Start your day with a tour of North Kolkata’s Black Town, where a parallel culture heavily influenced by the Europeans, flourished among the pioneering families of Bengal. You will also visit the Jain Temple Complex, Park Street Cemetery and Victoria Memorial.

After breakfast you will be taken to the airport in time to board your flight to Dimapur. Upon arrival you will be met and driven to Kohima, The capital city of Nagaland. .

Drive to Kisama village in the morning, to soak in the sights of the spectacular Hornbill festival. You will spend the full day revelling in this marvellous riot of colors as you watch all 16 tribes of Nagaland showcasing their diverse culture.

Explore the treasures of Kohima after breakfast this morning. You may visit the beautiful World War II Cemetery built on a terraced hillside, The Catholic Cathedral and the Angami village where you will partake of a local lunch and participate in indigenous games. In the afternoon, your vehicle and guide will remain at your disposal if you wish to return to see the Hornbill festive activities.

Leaving behind the festivities and fervor of Kohima/Kisama, you will drive to Kaziranga National Park, a world heritage site famous for its one horned rhinoceros.

One of the visits to the park will be on an Elephant back and the others in Jeeps. You will also have the opportunity to visit a tea plantation and take nature walks with your naturalist.

Today’s drive takes you to Silghat after breakfast, to board a motorized country boat (subject to the river conditions) and sail downstream to the confluence of the Bhorelli and Brahmaputra rivers to spot river dolphins. Besides the encounters with Gangetic Dolphins, you will see the delightful 11th century temple of Hatimura; a rarely visited temple of goddess Durga, situated on a riverside hillock with picturesque views of the Brahmaputra River.

In the afternoon, you will head towards the Eastern range of the Park known for Birds. Kaziranga has been identified by Birdlife International as an ‘Important Bird Area’. 

After a scrumptious breakfast, you will drive to Guwahati Airport and fly to Delhi. The evening will be at leisure.

After an early breakfast you will check out and drive to the erstwhile Mughal capital of Agra. This evening you will visit the Taj Mahal with your guide, staying through sunset before returning to your hotel.

Today, you will have the option of visiting the Taj Mahal at sunrise. After breakfast you will visit the other important monuments of the city; Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daulah and if time permits, you will also go on a walking tour of the old city, where you will get to see traditional businessmen and artists still practicing old crafts that date to the Mughal era. After lunch you will drive back to Delhi.

Explore Old Delhi this morning as we take you on an inner city walk. From here you will visit the Jama Masjid, believed to be the largest mosque in India and Shah Jahan’s last architectural venture. After lunch you will visit one of the architectural triumphs of the Mughal Empire – Humayun’s Tomb. You will return to your hotel driving past Rajpath. Among the buildings you drive past are the Secretariat buildings, Parliament House, Presidential Palace (Rashtrapati Bhawan), and India Gate. Return to your hotel for a quick wash & change before you check-out and transfer to the international airport for your onward flight.