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#1 Aug 17th, 2012, 17:59
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I am currently in the middle of researching a trip to Nagaland for the Hornbill Festival in the first week of December. It is quite interesting to see the wildly overpriced quotations for transportation. First of all, I have spoken to friends who have already visited the Hornbill Festival last year, and have an idea of what prices to expect. Today I received quotations from one of the top hotels in Kohima, asking for something between 5,500 and 6000 Rs per day for a Bolero with fuel and driver for local sightseeing. I replied that it must surely be a misprint.

I am sure spot reservations are cheaper though perhaps less comfortable.

Research into the state of the roads leads me to think that a really good car is necessary in order to explore further afield, up to Mokukchung and Mon districts, after the Festival ends. Does anyone have any idea of realistic prices ? Any recommendations for drivers, preferably English speaking?

This will be a great adventure. The adventure has already started in the planning!
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You could always try Tripcrafters.
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TD, last year my husband participated in the Hornbill Festival as an artist in the Public Art Festival. He is of the opinion that the crowd for the HB festival is increasing every year. I don't think it will be easy for you to find a decent accommodation and car/driver if you have not already booked them in advance. Flying adhoc won't help given the foreign crowd that descends over Nagaland during those festive days. Just a thought. One of his friends frequents Nagaland as if it were his second home, and even he is quite frustrated with the increase in tourists every year. I would suggest an advance booking before going there. Love.
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Hello Sarbani!

Thanks for your helpful reply. We have already secured hotel booking for the Festival at the Razhu Pru hotel in Kohima. (At least I have been told this week that there is availability.) They are awaiting my confirmation.

Actually, we are having second thoughts. We are now wondering if we would be better off attending the Sekrenyi Festival in February 2013.

Today my research has been on looking at road maps and distances between Mon and Jorhat. I am wondering which is the best plan - to fly back to Kolkata from Jorhat, or to fly back to Kolkata from Dibrugarh (via Sonari and Sivsagar).

The Hornbill Festival is bound to attract more tourists, especially since the abolition of the RAP for foreigners!

My main worry is finding a comfortable car and reliable driver to take us to Mokukchung and Mon. Of course, that would also be less of a hassle in February next year than in December this year.

May I ask your opinion on which is preferable out of a December visit or a February visit? I am also thinking that flowers at the Dzukou Valley would be a major attraction in spring.
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Hi theyyamdancer,
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Today my research has been on looking at road maps and distances between Mon and Jorhat. I am wondering which is the best plan - to fly back to Kolkata from Jorhat, or to fly back to Kolkata from Dibrugarh (via Sonari and Sivsagar).
As I am staying in Sivsagar I think Jorhat will be better option to fly back. There is also direct bus service from Mon to Jorhat. As of now the direct route from Simuluguri to Mon is closed due to bad road condition because of Monsoon. Via Sonari is open.

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TD, I am not really in the know about the area. I wrote to you giving a personal insight. I guess its your call at the end of the day. I am happy travelling to kingdom come anytime.
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Kamaldas,
Many thanks for your reply. This is the kind of information I need in trip planning.

Sarbani,
Thanks!
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Hi theyyamdancer.
We are thinking of going to Nagaland to the Sekrenyi Festival in February 2013.Can you share any info with us.
We are just starting to think about it a bit more seriously and start planning, has been on the list for a long time.
Of course anybody else who can help us out also with traveling, accommodation and so on will be most welcome.
We have time so do not need rush around and see everything but also do not think we will go that far again so want to build up a possible itinery for around 10-14 days +/-
Another thing that came up in the posts was the question of security,we will be travelling there by train from I think from Delhi,is that O.K.
Many Thank's
Elinor & David
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Hi David and Elinor,

Yes, indeed, we too are contemplating Sekrenyi 2013! I had done a lot of research for the Hornbill Festival but finally we are not going to it. Tomorrow I will share some of my information with you, as I am too tired right now. Maybe we will be able to plan and help each other to plan together. Homestays are the cheaper way to visit Nagaland. Since a permit is no longer a necessity for non-Indian nationals, then that is one less worry. Security I think you need to keep watch on via the media. Though the reports of troubles in Assam do not touch on tourists. We were planning on flying from Kolkata rather than taking the train. But I don't think you should have a problem with the train. Two weeks sounds about right. I agree on that. The roads are not good and the most interesting places are far in the north, off the tracks. I also have been thinking about going to Nagaland for a long time. Shalom!
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David,

Our plan - for the Hornbill (now scrapped) and henceforth for the Sekrenyi - is something like the following, though it definitely needs tweaking and refining. I hope you and other members of IndiaMike will help out.

Fly from Kolkata to Dimapur (JetKonnect has regular flights)

Go directly with a taxi from Dimapur to Kohima, stay at Razhu Pru, or similar homestay. Enjoy the sights of Kohima, including the War Cemetery. Visit the site of the Hornbill at Kisama. Go to the Bara Basti village; visit the Kohima Museum; see the Kohima Bazaar.

(Number of days undecided as yet.)

Go to Tuophema, to the north of Kohima, to stay there for the Sekrenyi Festival. [This sentence was added later - I forgot.]

Then go to Khonoma and spend some time at a homestay, explore the Dzukou Valley. (I am not a trekker, but long walks are in the programme.)

(Need advice about Dzukou.)

By hired jeep/comfortable car drive all day to Mokokchung, stay at a homestay (I have a few addresses), visit the villages nearby to see the Ao Naga way of life.

(Number of days uncertain.)

Continue - driving back via Assam and entering into Nagaland again - to Mon, to explore the villages of the Konyak tribals. If possible, go as close as feasible to Myanmar. I don't think it is possible to cross into Burma.

Return via either Dibrugarh or via Jorhat, depending on the state of the roads/ bandhs, by plane to Kolkata.


I will post some of the homestays I have found along with their contact details later.
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David,

Having overburdened you with reading via a Private Message containing my (numerous) blog links to Nagaland, collected over several months, here are my suggestions for homestays:

In Mokukchung - Whispering Winds homestay :
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_R..._Nagaland.html

and see Mahseer's helpful advice in this thread (which you may have already read) :
http://www.indiamike.com/india/nagal...tly-t150519/3/

In Mon - Helsa Cottage :
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/29065044

In Khonoma - Khonoma Village Homestay :
http://www.theotherhome.com/property...rency_name=INR



A list of further contact details taken from a blog called redscarab:

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Razhu Pru, Kohima
Contact Jasmina Zeliang
Ph 0370-229 0291
E razhupru@yahoo.co.in
Tariff Rs.1800

The Heritage, Kohima
Contact Teja Meru
Ph 0370-2241864, 9856972762
E info@theheritage.in
Web www.theheritage.in
Tariff Rs.1800-2500

Tourist Village, Touphema
Contact KV
Ph 9436005002
E kvls@yahoo.com
Tariff Rs.1,200

Jah-poh-long Mountain View Resort, Mon
Contact Shepha & Phejin Wangnao
Ph 9436606212, 9436424210
E shepha3@yahoo.com

Shiyong Homestay, Mon
Contact Phejin Konyak
E phejin@gmail.com
Web www.shiyongvillage.com

Meru’s homestay, Khonoma
Contact Khrieni & Megongui Meru
Ph 0370-234 0061

Baby’s Homestay, Khonoma
Contact Angulie Meyase
Ph 94360 71046
The homestay mentioned above called Jah-poh-long was also mentioned in a blog by a guy called Shahwar Hussain, who is a journalist. I have also noted some more homestays that he recommends:


For Village Stays at LONGWA :

Contact N. Longshah
+ 91 09436433504


And expanding on the above information

Contact for Village stays at MON :

Phejin Konyak
+ 91 09436265329

Shepha Wangnao
+ 91 09436424210 or 03869 229667



Also from the above blog, some Distances!

Quote:
DISTANCES

Guwahati(Assam) to Sonari - 450kms

Sonari to Mon Town - 60 kms

Mon Town to Sayeang Village - 35kms

Mon Town to Wakching Village - 38 kms

Mon Town to Langmeng Village - 45 kms

Mon Town to Longwa Village - 42 kms

and see the following thread for more discussion on the same topic(s) -
http://www.indiamike.com/india/nagal...aland-t173029/
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One more important point :

IndiaMiker sbballer33, aka Micah, has visited Nagaland. Now where is he ?
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Here is a recent article about NAGALAND homestays, from the TOI:
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The Shiyong village homestay in the northernmost part of Nagaland is one of the many in the region that one can explore to know about the Konyak tribe -- famed for the facial tattoos and headhunting.

As part of the tour package, one gets to live with a tribal family, participate in daily farm work, pluck tea leaves in the family-owned tea plantation or oranges and lemon when in season.

The village, which is situated 32 km from the district headquarters Mon, is well connected by road from Jorhat (147 km) and Dibrugarh (283 km) in Assam, which are in turn connected to Guwahati, Kolkata and Delhi by air and rail.
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theyyamdancer
Lucky I am on pension,take more than a weekend to read all that you sent me.
Non starter compared to you.Do hope that I will be able to add something
David
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