Photo Stories from Hornbill Festival, Nagaland

I’d sipped a glass of delicious rice wine in someone’s home in Guwahati and had instantly made up my mind to go and attend Hornbill Festival. You see; the wine had been procured in Hornbill Festival near Kohima in Nagaland. That was the tipping point. I am rarely excited by the idea of bucket lists and the local wine lover in me had found its muse in the form of Naga rice wine!

Photo Stories from Hornbill Festival, Nagaland

Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
I love that cool looking hat; Hornbill is a good place to see the tribals of Nagaland at a single location.

The World War II Museum at Hornbill is a must visit for the knowledge of important history concerning everyone.

Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
Tug-of-War competition is a big tourist draw at Hornbill Festival.
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
A closer look at the proceedings; professional photographers make a beeline to attend Hornbill for the visual extravaganza.
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
Fantastic collections of colours at Hornbill.
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
Welcome to the Morungs – the traditionally designed eateries and cafés of various tribes of Nagaland – the most popular area at Hornbill Festival area.
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
A Naga warrior in the traditional attire looking over the proceedings of the games at Hornbill Festival Grounds.
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
Haha, I don’t know why but this photograph makes me laugh like crazy !!
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
A collection of hats spotted at Hornbill Festival Grounds near Kohima in Nagaland last December.
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
Waiting for their act : A group waits before their performance.
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
The quaint looking Church at the Hornbill Festival venue at Kohima, Nagaland.
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
A glimpse of one of the Morungs at the festival venue : Kachari tribe.
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
Yes; the rumours are all correct. Saw this everywhere across Nagaland with my own eyes.
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
Naga Heritage Village – The venue for Hornbill Festival is located approx. 8 kms from Kohima.
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
Morung of the Pochury Tribe – One of the very few Morungs where the prized rice wine was still available!!
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
AO tribe Morung – their food seemed like a huge hit among the locals and this morung was always packed.

I didn’t spend much time at Hornbill Festival Venue because seeing the tribes performing curated events is not my choice of experiences. Instead, I was happier trying out the different rice beers at different morungs, millet beer and buying more and more bottles of my cherished rice wine.

I clicked a few portraits at Hornbill Festival. Guess that calls for a separate post.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Loved the bright colours and the Morung. Is Morung still functional?

    1. Indeed! Cant quite understand your question about the Morung?

      1. I had learned from the internet that Morung used to be a place where the village youths were trained about their cultures and traditions. I’m not sure if that’s true. From your post, Morung seems like a wine shop or an eatery.

      2. Yes, thats exactly what the classical definition of a Morung is. In the Hornbill Festival, the respective performing tribes also come to the Morungs to get dressed and discuss – while it doubles up as an eatery as well. Think from the tourism perspective – if they didn’t turn the morung into an eatery, would every visitor go there?

      3. Makes sense. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. ☺

  2. Mayuri Patel says:

    such vibrant and colorful pictures.Lovely

    1. Thanks so much Mayuri!! Are you going this year?

  3. Dreamtemples says:

    Awesome pictures and portraits!

    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation !!

  4. Sowubana.me says:

    Very nice pictures! 🙏🙏🙏 Thx for sharing!

    1. Thanks for checking! 🙂

  5. Such great vivid colors, looks like a entertaining festival 😊

    1. Thanks Trish 🙂 It is indeed a colourful festival.

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