A land engulfed in mystery, inhabited by vibrant people zealously guarding their culture – dancers, warriors, head-hunters; mountains, valleys, forests – all form the portrait of Nagaland from the moment the word is uttered. It is a destination not for the feint of heart or the “insta” traveller – it’s tough and time consuming to get – but those that make the time and effort will be well rewarded!
The state is inhabited by 17 distinct tribes, each distinguished by its unique cuisine, traditional games, languages or dialects, and customs. To experience a comprehensive display of these diverse tribal cultures in one place, consider visiting during the Hornbill Festival, which takes place from December 1 to December 10. Alternatively, if your schedule doesn’t allow for that, you can still immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the Naga people by exploring the Nagaland State Museum in Kohima at any time.
The ideal time to visit Nagaland is from October to February.
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