Solo trip to Nagaland for Hornbill Festival

Even if I wanted, a solo trip to Nagaland pretty much couldn’t have been on my list going by the impression that northeast has in most parts of India, . For those wondering with me is Nagaland safe to visit? Last year, my friend and another traveller I met in Sikkim, India in a shared cab went to the Hornbill festival. I understood a tiny bit about it then but it left my mind right after, only consciously. I later met some restaurant owners in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India from Nagaland, India earlier this year and just for the heck of it I said that I would like to visit someday, as I would say about any new nice place I hear about. That was forgotten soon after too.

Wearing typical Naga style beaded earrings and konyak style muffler
Wearing typical Naga style beaded earrings and konyak style muffler.

Planning my trip to Nagaland

About half a year ago, my friend told me she was getting married in Lataguri, West Bengal, India on December 7 and 8. As I had lived in Sikkim for two years and visited it and the neighbouring areas two more times, I wanted to do something different since I was coming this far from the west. Just then I recollected all the above Nagaland related thoughts and figured the largest festival of Hornbill is every year from December 1 to 10. I made calls to those friends, the Hornbill festival office and exchanged messages with my potential hosts to do my research. However, I realised the information wasn’t consistent nor enough through Nagaland travel blog and that’s why I am writing my story in this Hornbill festival travel blog for you guys.

And yet as as a female solo traveller, I was absolutely skeptical, nervous and all those emotions until I got on to my solo trip to Nagaland.

Hornbill festival
Performances at the Hornbill Festival

Transportation, packing smart and detailing

I bought my inner line permit online and it cost 50₹ but nobody checked it while I was there.

And Dimapur, Nagaland, India is the only place you can get to by train or aeroplane in the entire state.

The only possible flights from Delhi, India to Dimapur were of Indigo and Air India but both via Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

The best train, the Rajdhani from Dimapur to New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India was at 2 am every night.

I took one jacket, one light sweater, a muffler and sleeveless clothes with me as according to my sources the days were hot and as soon as the sun began to set, it became cold. Quite an interesting weather was awaiting me. I managed to have two small backpacks when I about to leave Delhi including the wedding attire.

As for my Nagaland itinerary, it made the most sense for me to fly out of Delhi on December 3 and arrive by night in Kohima, Nagaland, India. Explore the night market and do local sightseeing the next day, making it to the festival area by afternoon. That was followed by spending 2 nights in Kisama, Nagaland, India and exploring the Hornbill festival from where I left on December 5 evening, arriving in NJP on 6th afternoon.

My Solo tip to Nagaland for Hornbill Festival
Wearing Naga style beaded earrings and Nagamese tribes in the back

Accommodation in Kohima and Kisama

I was told accommodation fills up way as I read in some Nagaland travel blog before so I wrote to all the government-approved places from the Hornbill website and after understanding prices, location and type, shortlisted two. The first one was in Kohima called Central guest house run by Vecüto Tenyi (+91 7628-842222; vecutotenenu@gmail.com) which cost about 500₹ for a bed. The lovely sisters from Explore Nagaland (+91 9089948353, +91 9089801821; explorenagaland@gmail.com) set me up with the second one in Kisama called Japfii Homestay run by Savino (+91 87310 53304) which cost about 1200₹ per bed. Both dorms were coed. The hosts were helpful over text and helped me answer all my questions related to ‘is Nagaland worth visiting?’ . Yet that information wasn’t sufficient to plan a Nagaland itinerary.

Since, I was going to spend a few hours in the night at the Dimapur station, waiting for my train, I was terrified of being on the platform alone. After a lot of research, I booked the retiring room for 8 hours for a 195₹ from 8 pm to 8 am.

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After flight delays and thinking I would miss my next flight, @airindia.in actually got me to my 22nd state – the one full of beautiful hills, just one hour later than promised. A long lost dream was just about to come true. Honestly, I was scared that this better be a decent trip or my solo travels would become extinct! I was excited, nervous and full of so many emotions, literally not knowing what to expect. . Also, off topic, a word about flying problems. In my opinion, Aren’t flight delays for our own sweet good? A technical error is always possible right?! Why do people fight and argue with the poor airline staff at the counters? This year my @spicejetairlines flight was delayed by 2 hours to Jabalpur, my dad and I happily filled our suduko puzzles to kill time! My @airindia.in flight to Kolkata was first delayed by about 2 hours and then another hour. I was only concerned because that was the first flight of the day and the next connecting flight to Dimapur was the only one of that day. As long as I made it to my end destination the same day, it was okay for me. In fact with such tight schedules for airlines to take off and land and india having some of the busiest airports in the world, I always keep extra time for these possible problems when I fly. How about we be a bit more patient with them for our own safety? . . #explorersvault #moozicfreak #moozicfreakphotography #explorerheena #photographer #photoshoot #photo #naturephotography #travelblogger #travelphotography #travelgram #photographylovers #doyoutravel #goexplore #backpacker #sheexplores #postcardsfromtheworld #travelgirl #roamtheplanet #solotravel #heenainnagaland #nagaland #nagalandtourism #hornbillfestival #northeast #airindia #hills #flightdelays #airviews #nagalanddiaries

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Flight delays, more delays and miracles

The night before the Air India flight I heard that the flight departure time was delayed by about the two and a half hours which gave me only an hour to the next flight. I was afraid if it delayed any further, I would miss my next flight which was the only one for the day. When I called to check for an earlier flight, they said there was no other flight.

After getting to Delhi airport, the flight kept getting further delayed, to a point that I would miss the next one. It was so interesting that there were nineteen passengers on the same route and they held the next flight for us. After all the passengers got out of the first flight at Kolkata through the aerobridge, we passengers going ahead to Dimapur got down the stairs, into a small van and then onto the flight standing on the neighbouring parking area. I knew my Nagaland travel blog would turn out to be very interesting.

Trusting Nagamese

While moving between flights one young Naga boy asked me a couple of times if he could help me with my bags. This had never happened on this trip while I was carrying the same luggage from Mumbai – Patna – Bodhgaya – Patna – Delhi – Bhopal – Delhi. That’s when I began to trust the Nagamese and there was no looking back. The guesthouse booked for a day later called and texted to make sure I was doing okay. By this point I was certain that I had found my answer to the question, ‘Is Nagaland worth visiting?’.

Maize tea in an organic bamboo glass and an organic spoon
Maize tea in an organic bamboo glass and an organic spoon

Dimapur airport to Kohima

I was ecstatic that my solo trip to Nagaland was actually happening. Here’s the unexpected part of my Nagaland itinerary After I got off at Dimapur airport, I found the tourist information which helped me find the state transport bus to Kohima which cost just 110₹. Unfortunately, since I was the only passenger, it didn’t make sense to do a few hours journey, I asked them to help me with the shared cab. Since the bus was returning to the main bus stand, he dropped me there for free. On the way, he told me to try tutse, be aware of drunk men, eat lots of smoked pork and showed me the spot where people watch the flight take off right above them. That one was definitely one of the offbeat places in Nagaland. I saw the flight I came by, take off from there too! Finally, he helped me buy a ticket worth 300₹ of a window seat in a shared cab to Kohima.

Everyone on the cab was so nice. There were a couple of men drinking at the back seat but they maintained their behaviour. It was perfectly normal because of festival time. I made a female friend who was heading to Kohima for a wedding and we spoke about so many different things. The driver put on nice music and everyone was singing along. The strange part about the Dimapur Kohima highway is that there is mostly no road! It’s just a muddy way with no street lights and barely any houses. I am so glad I had my mask and stole to cover my hair. I’m sure without her, I would have been so scared. But all along everyone assured that the locals were nice and it was very safe. I bought some organic local oranges on the way and they were so delicious. I heard local organic pineapples were pretty cheap like 4-5 pieces for 100₹ on the way. My solo trip to Nagaland was already memorable.

By the way, I heard that the new highway is under construction and should be ready in a couple of years. This should cut down the journey time by half. If you do visit, please share your Hornbill festival travel blog in the comments.

Sumi style smoked pork and sides at the Kohima night market
Sumi style smoked pork and sides at the Kohima night market

Central Guest House and night carnival in Kohima

Once I got to the capital city after a 4-hour drive, I found myself amidst the night carnival with no sign of my accommodation. I later found tourist police who helped get there in a fluorescent yellow reflective jacket. The host said since there were mostly men in the dorm and they were coming back drunk, he would arrange a bed for me in the room next to his where he sleeps with his family. They put up some curtains in a makeshift way to make it private. My solo trip to Nagaland would be nothing without such experiences.

I went down to the night carnival and ate some Sumi style pork for dinner and drank maize tea. What I didn’t know was there was a lot of maize in the tea as well. Because I was full, I asked my host to share it with a dog.

I learnt with time that most Nagamese are Christians and no other place in India has really felt of Christmas like this one. If you want to experience Christmas in India, this is one of the offbeat places in Nagaland to do so.

I finally called it a night. It was cold almost reaching 10 degrees celsius unlike the day when I was sweating but I made it through until the morning.

Temporary set up for me at Kohima Central Guest House
Temporary set up for me at Kohima Central Guest House

Nagaland State Museum

I was ready to see the museum on day two after some local honey lemon tea. I changed two buses and walked up the hill with a local to get to the state museum. The entry fee was just 10₹ and 50₹ for the camera. I decided not to take any photos though. The museum was impressive with the housing, clothes, jewellery, weapons of each Nagamese tribe well explained. They also had a collection of articles found in the excavation. It is a must-visit. I saw it for 1 hour but it could take about 2 hours as well. Trust me, this has got to be a part of your Nagaland itinerary.

Making friends from Mumbai

What I loved about this solo trip to Nagaland is that I found a middle-aged couple from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India who said they had space in their tiny Bajaj car and were heading my way. They had driven from Imphal, Manipur, India and were eventually going to end their trip there as well. I went with them to their accommodation opposite the war memorial.

On the way, they told me about how the actual journey duration from Imphal was the same as from Dimapur to Kisama. However, the roads from the earlier were way better and hence the journey was more comfortable. If you did have this experience, do mention your Nagaland travel blog in the comments below!

The hotel where the middle aged couple stayed and recommended it for all
The hotel where the middle aged couple stayed and recommended it for all

The War Memorial

While they packed their luggage and checked out, I had a stroll through the war memorial and graves of the men who were caught in the middle during the world war 2. It is peaceful and gives a good view of the Kohima town, requiring just 30 minutes.

Kohima war cemetery in nagaland
The war cemetery

Kohima General Post Office and scooter taxis.

I made a quick visit to the general post office but unfortunately, there were no postcards nor any Philatelic stamps. However, they told me about their stall at the Hornbill Festival.

I wanted to get a scooter taxi that started at 20₹ and 10₹ added for every further destination to get back to the war memorial. However, they refused to ride me because it was very near and I shouldn’t waste my money. How nice of the locals to be so genuine right? So I finally walked up to the accommodation on this solo trip to Nagaland.

Kohima Cathedral aka Mary Help of Christians Cathedral

We stopped next at the Kohima cathedral which is built in the Naga style costing 3 crores rupees. It was built when the British signed the peace treaty with the Japanese. The architecture is interesting and worth spending about 30 minutes exploring the place. The fact that it takes quite some effort to get their by even your own transport, makes it one of the offbeat places to visit in Nagaland.

Breakfast at Japfii Homestay
First breakfast at Japfii Homestay

Japfii Homestay

Then they dropped me below the Hornbill festival area in Kisama as they headed up. I found another shared cab that dropped me to Dimori cove. I took a small walking path 5 minutes in and found Japfii homestay. It was a large house with huge rooms and private rooms. The huge rooms had 8ish beds and were made into dorms. First thing, I had a hot water bath and then my lovely host gave me some tea in the kitchen. Such are the unforgettable experiences from my solo trip to Nagaland.

Breakfast at Japfii Homestay
Last breakfast at Japfii Homestay

The Hornbill Festival

I walked towards the festival area. On my way, I found a family returning in a car from a wedding and I managed to hitchhike in their car to the top.

At first sight, this festival concept was very confusing. The schedule which released a month ago had too many things in different places and I couldn’t understand anything as I was on this solo trip to Nagaland. I just couldn’t find the post office stall.

Eventually, I found the main festival ground, full of domestic as well as international tourists and saw the tribes performing. I ate a meal of pork and some chutney at the first morung I found with the view of the festival grounds. It was of the Changsethang tribe. After I maybe ate a 300₹ meal, I saw tribes leaving the festival grounds area in a well-disciplined order which gave me their close up view. I then went shopping through the stalls and bought some local style beaded earrings for maybe 100₹ and Konyak tribe style muffler for 500₹. I came with a motive of contributing to the economy. The interesting thing I understood that the day was for the tribal performances and at night it was a rock concert. At 5 pm it became pitch dark. The hosts always suggested I get back by about 8-9 pm.

I grabbed one last meal and took a walk around the morungs. I read a lot about the morungs over the internet and learnt that it was the place where the food was cooked, locals got together, sat around the fire and made conversations. It was one of those places where you could learn about the tribe.

At Ao morung, I met two young people dressed in traditional attire. They told me how they were college students and others had actual jobs. Every year, one village from each tribe gets to represent their tribe from 20-30 villages so it’s really an experience they get every 20-30 years and they looked forward to it. I learnt how their jewellery has been passed down through generations and it’s quite normal for men to wear all the jewellery. Tattoos were earned they would cross certain milestones in life. They spoke English well but a lot of Nagamese have never really been out of Nagaland. That’s also when I met Bhutan’s first female solo traveller blogger vlogger Denkar and she runs by the handle @denkarsgetaway on Instagram. Her stories on her solo trip to Nagaland were delightful to hear.

Vegetarian curry and rice with smoked pork
Vegetarian curry and rice with smoked pork

Heading back and Savino’s

I decided to make my way back to the guesthouse around 7 pm. When I got to the festival gate, I saw a few taxis and I tried to hitchhike. This lovely couple who lives so close to my house in Mumbai offered to let me share their cab as we were all heading the same way. The cab charged 50₹ to Dimori cove. The couple was so nice, they walked me to my Homestay.

The Homestay had so many human beings, all very nice. They were actually from all over the world and our inquisitiveness brought us together in the kitchen over hot tea and the heat from the fireplace. I met so many Israelis and this lovely lady from Poland.

I wore a jacket and thermal and put two blankets over me and called it a night.

Instead of the usual continental breakfast, I requested my host Savino to make me a local breakfast. She gave me some beans, tea, bananas and bread by the fire. It was delicious and served in local style cutlery.

The most delicious jaggery ever with red tea
The most delicious jaggery ever with red tea

Back to the festival grounds

This time, I walked up to the main street and took a shared cab until the first festival gate. I then climbed up the slope to the main gate. I didn’t know from the earlier day as I took another path up but I bought 2 entrance tickets to make up for the previous day, each costing 30₹.

I headed straight into the festival grounds to catch the best seat on the edge before the fence. That’s how I finally started to get the hang of the festival.

It turns out that every tribe would enact a small performance like a wedding or hunting in their culture. It was so interesting and they tried to make it fun for the audience as well. One of my favourite performances was of the tribe trying to put the babies to sleep with a group song having words like mom has to go to work, please go to sleep, I will hit you in the head, please go to sleep. That ended with a joke which was mothers giving some children tutse, local rice wine and them running around frantically.

I met some more new people from Delhi and Kerala, India and everywhere else possible. We had so many fun conversations. We now actually have a Hornbill reunion Delhi Whatsapp group and we plan to catch up once I move to Delhi.

Some other people I met told me about how crimes were very low in Nagaland as the punishment in the local tribes was very severe.

I later gathered up the courage to try out some silkworms at the Kachari tribe morung I heard about from my new Polish friend. The shop owner was kind enough to let me try one and I was drooling enough to get an entire stick. They were fried, actually so delicious and full of protein.

I went to all the morungs, watched the tribes sing and dance, ate a vegetarian lunch with dry smoked pork on the side, caught the beautiful mountain and valley views.

At one of the morungs, I met a Burmese lady who is actually from the border of Myanmar and India and was on the Naga tribe. She also studied in Nagaland for many of her years. She and her friends got to Dimapur station at 2 am and drove all night to Kisama. She said they felt perfectly safe.

I saw the exhibition on Gandhi and got a foot massage from the locals in a local style.

It was 6 pm and time for the very famous Teseo Sisters show. They are 3 sisters and a brother, typically Nagamese and sing folk songs. I enjoyed singing with them and their show as it gave me an insight into the local music. I have been wanting to watch them live for a few years.

Then as I started to look for a taxi to head back to the same location as the day before, they all said 100₹. I didn’t mind paying that but since I didn’t see consistency, I had my doubts and contacted the tourist police again. One of them was so nice, he dropped me in his bike near my guesthouse.

Once again we followed the same flow of making conversations by the fire and then calling it a night.

My last damn day in Kisama.

The next morning was as lazy as it could be. I woke up a bit late, ate a local breakfast and had a shower. I packed and left for the festival with a hug from my super host.

Once again I found a shared cab to the first gate of the festival, then hitchhiked in a defence bus until the final gate.

I spent the first half of the morning watching the performances followed by shopping, being touristy through all the morungs, exploring the world war 2 museum, eating more silkworms and amazing food and making the most of my last day of my solo trip to Nagaland . I bought lots of jewellery, dried apples, bamboo glasses, postcards from the India Post stall, chilli peanut chutney, and some energy bars.

Nagaland coffee
One last local thing I tried.

Kisama to Dimapur

I headed to the festival gate with bags full of souvenirs and mind full of memories. But hey, apparently the universe thought all that experience wasn’t enough for me and I had no clue what was awaiting me.

It was almost 3 pm and it was high time I left for the city. I couldn’t find a single cab and the shuttle bus to Kohimmafe all my lo would only start after it would get full. This kind lady and her friend were heading towards Kohima and let me hitchhike in their cab until the outskirts. She then helped me find another shared cab into the city.

When I got to the taxi stand, I couldn’t believe my eyes, that only the last two cabs were remaining for the day. I was grateful to my stars that I could get that one last seat in that one cab. The rest of the cab was full of student young people doing a fellowship in Assam, India. I bought some world famous Naga chillies on the way.

Nagaland earrings
She made all my lovey earrings

Dimapur station

I finally made it to Dimapur station at around 10 pm. It was pitch dark but well lit. The station was under construction. That made it a bit too scary.

I found my way to the retiring room. It was extremely basic, the toilets were dirty and so was the water. I managed to get some clean hot water, took a quick shower and somehow made a clean space for me on the bed. I slept.

The staff at the retiring room was so kind, he even woke me up a while before the train came and told me where my bogie might come. I packed and headed straight to the platform.

And you know the only reason, I booked a retiring room was because I was afraid of being alone on the station right? But on the contrary and to my astonishment, the station was full of locals and travellers. What beats it was that there were tourist police there as well. I couldn’t have felt any safer.

By the way, I also heard that the station renovation is complete and I believe it should be way better.

Hornbill festival image
Up close and personal with a Nagamese tribe

Epic Nagaland

I fell in love with Nagaland for numerous reasons from the rich culture to great food and amazing people. I think it stands neck in neck with Hampi, Karnataka, India for very different reasons comparatively as some of the best places in India to explore. All the fantastic travellers added to my experience of this solo trip to Nagaland.

The Government of Nagaland and the Hornbill association along with the locals involved did a superb job in making sure everything was well organised and everyone felt safe. I couldn’t have imagined hitchhiking anywhere else in the country and travelling so freely.

I am coming back to Nagaland and next time for a week but once the roads are better. I would consider exploring the Dzuku valley as well. It also inspires me to visit the rest of the northeast. But there’s no doubt that the best time to visit these places is during their festivals.

Do save my list of things to do in Nagaland and get in touch on @Explorers.vault for postcards. Check out my photos where I am being super touristy in Nagaland on @explorer.heena with #heenainnagaland. Please share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below. everyone

Oh, Nagaland is a must must must visit.

Nagamese
Nagamese

PS: The above is my experience and my opinion. It may or may not be true.

I am a Mechanical Engineer, explorer, photographer, gourmand and all those things. I enjoy working out, practicing aerial yoga, writing postcards and taking care of my plants.

56 Comments

  1. Khriebu Zhasa
    April 3, 2020

    Hihi, thank you for the mention ❤️ Do visit again. Wish you many happy travels for the future.

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    1. Heena
      April 3, 2020

      You’re most welcome. Thank you. See you soon!!

      Reply
  2. Sanjana Gothivrekar
    April 3, 2020

    This is so well written and super informative! Can’t wait to plan a trip to this amazing state as soon as possible and get a taste of the local life there!
    Can’t wait for your next post 😀

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    1. Heena
      April 3, 2020

      Thank you so much Sanjana. You’re gonna love it.

      Reply
  3. Niharika
    April 3, 2020

    Very informative Heena.

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    1. Heena
      April 3, 2020

      Thank you Niharika

      Reply
  4. Haresh
    April 3, 2020

    Superb

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    1. Heena
      April 3, 2020

      Thank youu

      Reply
  5. Mag
    April 3, 2020

    Hi, it’s me ” lovely lady from Poland” 😀 😀 😀
    Weel done my Friend! Nagaland is definitely worth a visit.
    Hug and kisses – Mag
    P.S. Silkworms were delicious, isn’t it?

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    1. Heena
      April 3, 2020

      Indeed Mag!! Thank you!! For telling me about the proteins as well. Hehe

      Reply
  6. Seema Shah
    April 3, 2020

    Just awesome !!!

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    1. Heena
      April 3, 2020

      Thank youu

      Reply
  7. DEEPAK joshi , Barmer , Rajasthan.
    April 3, 2020

    This is very informative and knowledge article.Nagaland is amazing place for travel.Next time plz write something on Barmer and jodhpur in rajasthan.

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    1. Heena
      April 3, 2020

      I am so glad. Definitely.

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  8. Bindu
    April 3, 2020

    Heena, written well
    Very much informative
    Next bucket list

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    1. Heena
      April 3, 2020

      Thank you!! I am glad

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  9. Rudali
    April 3, 2020

    Amazing post, Heena. Keep going. ❤️

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    1. Heena
      April 3, 2020

      Thank you so much Rudali

      Reply
  10. Dr Kiran Kulkarni
    April 3, 2020

    Very well written, Heena. And nice info for anyone wanting to travel there. I have added Nagaland to my bucket list, after reading your blog. Have been to Assam, Arunachal and Meghalaya earlier.
    Dr Kiran Kulkarni

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    1. Heena
      April 3, 2020

      Thank you so much. Mission accomplished. Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh are definitely on my list.

      Reply
  11. Pratiksha
    April 3, 2020

    This is soo cool.🌼
    The details will help a lot to plan trip
    Please do a Hampi one soon.

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    1. Heena
      April 4, 2020

      Super! Will definitely do Hampi soon. Got an lesser known offbeat trail to share 🤩

      Reply
  12. Ved Anand
    April 4, 2020

    Hornbill festival is one of the best time to visit northeast. Amazingly written, in simple , lucid yet attractive way. Looking up for more. Keep up…. ❤❤❤

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    1. Heena
      April 4, 2020

      Absolutely. Thank you so much!! I am so glad.

      Reply
  13. Shilpa
    April 4, 2020

    Heena…you made me revisit the Hornbill and Nagaland through your writing.Very informative and very well written piece. Love how you have ensured to mention little help you got from people along your journey. It’s a beautiful read and I hope lot of people will be motivated to visit this beautiful place:)

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    1. Heena
      April 4, 2020

      Your comment makes my day! Thank you so much. I really hope so too, Shilpa.

      Reply
  14. Aparna
    April 4, 2020

    A very comprehensive and informative piece for a place which is not the mainstream travel destination. This will really be very helpful for anyone planning a visit, specially given the personal experiences shared! well done 🙌

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    1. Heena
      April 4, 2020

      I am so happy to read this! Thank you!

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  15. Sumit
    April 4, 2020

    This is a lovely blog post..informative and I am bookmarking it ..especially the contact numbers will help . Wanted to ask ur view on staying for a week for the hornbill festival..what’s ur take on it ???

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    1. Heena
      April 5, 2020

      Thank you! Oh a week would be best. I’d like to do that as well next time.

      Reply
  16. Prithvi
    April 5, 2020

    Really super informative, came to know alot about Nagamese, their culture and their lifestyle.

    They way u wrote about the local food, handcrafted earrings and bamboo glasses is really good.

    Love your intention to help local artisans.

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    1. Heena
      April 5, 2020

      Hey! I am so glad.

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  17. Megha Parekh
    April 5, 2020

    Hey, this one’s quite informative, am gonna connect with you when I plan my trip! And Nagaland / hornbill are now on my travel list 🙂

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    1. Heena
      April 6, 2020

      I am so glad! I hope you visit there super soon!

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  18. Vinayak Ankolkar
    April 5, 2020

    Lovely. Must have been lifelong experience.

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    1. Heena
      April 6, 2020

      It definitely was!

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  19. Rashmi Thakur
    April 5, 2020

    A very well written and informative blog. This article will force people to visit the beautiful location described with culture of Nagaland. It’s really appreciable that a solo female exploring a new unknown place and then sharing personal experiences with others via social media!! All the best 👍

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    1. Heena
      April 6, 2020

      Thank you! I really hope so!

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  20. Parth Ashar
    April 6, 2020

    Looks like you had an incredible experience. Thank you for shedding light on such an exotic yet unique culture that exists in our country. Looking forward to this expedition very soon.

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    1. Heena
      April 6, 2020

      I did! You’re welcome. Do share how it goes.

      Reply
  21. Manjusha
    April 6, 2020

    You have written a very beautiful article Heena. You have successfully created more curious tourist to Nagaland. Many more will follow.

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    1. Heena
      April 6, 2020

      Thank you so much! I hope so!

      Reply
  22. Dhairya
    April 6, 2020

    Really amazing read!! You’re so brave to do all this alone and fully enjoy it 🤗❣️

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    1. Heena
      April 6, 2020

      I am so glad to hear that! Thank you!

      Reply
  23. Nikhil Chaudhari
    April 6, 2020

    Thank you for such a wonderful and informative description.
    I felt as if I’m living all those moments and visiting Nagaland will be like relinquishing my mind from all the stress and burdens…
    Will be eager to hear more from intelligent solo traveller…

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    1. Heena
      April 7, 2020

      You’re most welcome. I am so happy to hear that. Looking forward to sharing more.

      Reply
  24. Nirav
    April 7, 2020

    Well written! Now I would definitely love to go to Nagaland!

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    1. Heena
      April 7, 2020

      That makes my day! Thank you!

      Reply
  25. Pooja
    April 8, 2020

    Amazing experiences! And so detail oriented.. would help anyone planning this trip!

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    1. Heena
      April 11, 2020

      Indeed! thank you!

      Reply
  26. Diana
    April 13, 2020

    Sounds like an amazing trip! I want to try the maize tea! Thanks for so much detail.

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    1. Heena
      April 14, 2020

      It was! You’re most welcome!

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      1. Pranav
        April 19, 2020

        Nagaland seems amazing! Definitely adding it to my travel list, this article should help plan out the trip 😀
        Thanks Heena

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        1. Heena
          April 19, 2020

          So glad to read that! you’re welcome!

          Reply
  27. Like!! I blog quite often and I genuinely thank you for your information. The article has truly peaked my interest.

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    1. Heena
      July 30, 2020

      You’re most welcome and thank you!

      Reply

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