Our Northeast Tour to Nagaland, Cachar (Assam), Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya

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Please note: my MTNL(=BSNL) feedback is about prepaid GSM SIM on a smartphone, with a 2G/GPRS Data-Plan.
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...got it ks....
i will do more research on this...
....in the past, as far as i know, none of the prepaids that were issued outside of the north-eastern states (including assam, sikkim and meghalaya) worked there....from your experience it would seem that these regulations might have eased up as well...but we will see....
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Local Taxi to visit Don Bosco Museum of North East. Surpised by quality of Museum displays of entire North East cultures and artefacts. Awesome place requiring a minimum 4-5 hours of cursory walk through the 7 story 16 galleries museum.
I agree. The Don Bosco museum in Shillong is absolutely wonderful.
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post I agree. The Don Bosco museum in Shillong is absolutely wonderful.
[To Mod: Thanks for branching off this thread. We were beginning to veer off-topic in that old thread. And anyway the NE experience deserves a whole new thread!]

Theyyam: Yes, the DB museum in Shillong stunned me! I never expected such a modern well-laid out museum anywhere in India! So well-focussed and dedicated to one aspect; showing off the Northeast region. Walking the 16 galleries and seeing the NE-culture and art displayed here was as exhilarating as riding the BV-Express or watching the blue-mist-mountains from Champhai at dawn.

I now remember, you have been to Meghalaya. Which is that thread? You must have seen the DB museaum then??

When I was in Shillong there were hordes of tourists there. Bongs everywhere! I could hear only Bengali, hardly any Khasi They filled 90% of all Meghalaya Tourism coaches! Unfortunately the DB museaum is not shown in the Shillong City Tour. Because it takes 4-5 hours to see. I had to personally tell several Bengali families not to miss DB and happily pay the Rs 100/- (oneway) for the taxi to Mawlai.
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Yes we visited the museum, and I talked about it here:
http://www.indiamike.com/india/megha...hills-t107734/

Actually that was where I became aware of the Bamboo Dance for which Mizoram is justifiably famous! We watched a video in the theatre on the top floor of the museum. Although parts of it were not so good, the dancing of the Mizoram ladies was very impressive.

Swapnil, our fellow IndiaMiker, has also photographed this dance. I am linking to his Photo Gallery:
http://www.indiamike.com/india-image...w-bamboo-dance
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http://www.indiamike.com/india-image...uare-formation
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Champhai, Mizoram

One of the memorable places I visited during this NE tour was Champhai, a remote hill-town, some 8-hour drive East from Aizawl. The town is very near the Myanmar (Burma) border.


View of Misty Blue Hills from Champhai


Another view looking East from Champhai towards Burma border just before sunrise
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The Hornbill Festival is staged every year in the 1st week of December and lasts for 7 days. Hordes of visitors come from all over India and abroad to view this spectacular and colorful Festival near Kohima in Nagaland.

The Festivel shows Tribal Dances, Music, Sports, Cultural activities, local food, artifacts, handicrafts and sample Homes & Morungs of the 16 Tribes in Nagaland. Besides it is also an event where all the 8 Northeast States participate and send teams display culture activities from their respective states.

SK and I attended Day-1, Day-2 and Day-4 of this event in December-2011. Some sample pictures from my Sets are displayed below:




































To see all Hornbill Festival Day-1 pictures (98) as flickriver click below:
http://flickriver.com/photos/ks_blue...7628770625241/

To see all Hornbill Festival Day-2 pictures (120) as flickriver click below:
http://flickriver.com/photos/ks_blue...7628771931621/

To see all of Hornbill Festival Day-4 pictures (39) as flickriver click below:
http://flickriver.com/photos/ks_blue...7628775154065/
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Amazing photos!
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post Thanks for the hotel recommendation which I am noting down, K.S.! Please update us all when you have your blog entries on your recent trip.
Theyyam: I think The Heritage (DC's Bunglow converted to a Hotel) may be better place to stay. It has heritage(!) atmosphere and is in a quiet location near the Raj-Bhavan. If I remember right, a DBL room there is INR 1800/- per day or so. You may have to book well in advance. We did not go inside to see the Rooms there, but the outside lawns etc. was great.

There are several pics of 'The Heritage' in this SET

Hotel Cimborg Pics are also there.
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brilliant costumes and such beautiful people...
thanks much,
i am a great admirer of naga weavings, they are so timelesss and universal...
as a sidenote ks and out of personal interest, besides the festival, where did you notice the most memorable textiles and costumes during your trip?

(i think that was my only problem with bosco museum, i expected to see more textiles than they had...but that was about 4 years ago, it sounds like their collection expanded)....but in any case it was worth the drive to see it...

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Originally Posted by Sandalwood Blues View Post i am a great admirer of naga weavings, they are so timelesss and universal... as a sidenote ks and out of personal interest, besides the festival, where did you notice the most memorable textiles and costumes during your trip?
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sb: Apart from the colorful costumes of the participants and the textiles displayed in the Hornbill exhibition stalls, I can't remember seeing anything 'memorable' elsewhere after that! Obviously dazzled and blinded by the Festival stuff
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Lovely report KS and beautiful photos from both Sadanand and yourself. It must have been a wonderful trip.
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Amazing photos. Kudos to you ks_bluechip.
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Great photos!

BTW, did you visit the Butterfly museum in Shillong?
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KS and SK, I am simply flat with these snaps of Champhai hills and the Hornbill Festival. So many pretty faces and how you could take so much close up shots? Is it the zoom that played the trick or somehow you can be so close to the participants?

Anyway I have to attend this by any means with some good portrait lens that preferably has a good tele as well

Are the dates of Hornbill Festival fixed or it's announced every year on specific time? How do I know when it would be scheduled for 2012?

This North East, I mean Nagaland-Manipur and Mizoram is a must do it seems apart from my long due trip in Arunachal. I think I have decided now on how to spend the December 2012 and 2013.

KS, it seems, I have to bug you for making a suitable itinerary for North East.
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snonymous, saugata41, sdsudarshan, kshil, TD, sb ... thanks all for your appreciation of the pics

To answer some Qs:

Shillong Butterfly Museum? .. I think I forgot to see that. I had enough time though

Hornbill Photos & Close-Ups: The Hornbill Fest is a Photgraphers' Op!! All the colorfully dressed participants (500+ ?) are seated in Teams in the front-row steps of the stadium and the photogs are allowed to go close and take as many pics as they like! The fierce-looking men and the beautiful women smile, turn, pose and strike stances as desired by the shooter!! I guess its an opportunity for the participant's too, to show off their beauty, culture and costumes. More than the Still-Pictures, the Video Clips of the performances and accompanying music are stunning! But those are so difficult to upload. Maybe, I will upload a few on YouTube later.

Incidentally, each days performance is videographed (by Nagaland Tourism) and professionally edited, labelled and sold as a Daily-VCD, on the very next day. We saw a big Van parked near the venue, with Hardware Equipment churning out multiple CD copies for sale at Rs 100/- a piece. Maybe they can be ordered online or available for streaming Play on the Nagaland Tourism site?

Hornbill is 1st to 7th December each year. The fixed dates helps planning and booking well in advance. Good hotels get booked 6-10 months in advance.

Hornbill is an amazing focused exposure of the entire Northeast culture in one location. Whoever originally thought of and executed this idea (of displaying the entire Culture, Art, Dances, Music, Dresses, Handicrafts, Food, Produce, Homes, Implements etc.) is to be congratulated. For the lazy-traveller it brings together everything in a wonderful open-air location (In Kisema, a suburb of Kohima). Its an easy 'capsule' to see entire Northeast, in 4-5 days without the rough travelling to deep interiors. Many of the Dances shown here are actually seasonal in their respective Regions and States. So not possible for outside visitors to see all, except in a packaged event like this.

Will answer all questions, if kshil or anybody is planning to attend Hornbill or Northeast trips.
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