India – Nagaland

Hornbill Festival Photo Tour

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India – Hornbill Festival photo tour

Itinerary of India – Nagaland – Hornbill Festival – Photo Tour

Day 1 – Arrival at New Delhi

Fly in at Delhi International Airport. We receive you on your arrival and take you to the hotel. Delhi, where an empire rose and fell before the dawn of history; where citadels of emperors appeared and disappeared; a city of mysterious eternity whose old ruins proclaim a majestic and imperial past and whose present pulsates vibrantly with the ever-flowing life of India.The eternal Jamuna bears witness to the glorious and tumultuous 5,000-year-old history of Delhi. A history that begins with the creation of Indraprastha by the Pandavas and the transformation of this barren gift of the Kauravas into an idyllic haven. Today you have leisure time to get back to your biological rhythm. You can also get a short orientation of the city with an expert who comes and meet you at the hotel and describe your next day program. In the evening you can go for a short walking in the nearby market and try the food and drink in a local restaurant. Overnight Delhi ( ,D )

Day 2 – Arrival at Imphal – the capital town of Manipur State in Northeast India.

Manipur, literally meaning “A Jewel Land”, is one of the least known tourism destinations in India having a treasure trove for nature and culture-loving people. The serene landscape dotted with ethnic villages, rich tradition of classical and folk culture, martial art, endemic wild animals and birds, colorful festivals and an old history dates back to the 1st century make this land a unique place for niche tourism.

In this Hornbill Festival Photo Tour, we will try to explore the varied cultural and geographical diversity of this small vibrant state in the far eastern corner of India. Visit villages, meeting the community people and learn their unique traditions, take part in the festival, walk in the natures trail, stroll around the local market, visit historical monuments and war grounds and try exotic local cuisine.

On arrival, we take you to your Hotel in Imphal. Have lunch and in the afternoon we take you to Khwairamband Market in the town to get exposure to the life of Manipuris. This is a local market run by only women, who with their ethnic attire sell all types of traditional dress materials, household items, and vegetables. Later we will take you to Govindajee Temple – a very popular Hindu Temple for Lord Krishna and try for an opportunity to see the evening prayer. Overnight Imphal (B/ – / D /)

Day 3 – Full day exploration of Loktak lake and KeibulLamjao National Park

Today we will explore the Largest freshwater lake of North East India – the Loktak Lake. This is 42kms drive from Imphal and is a prime area for the tourists having a keen photographic interest. From the nearby Sendra island, visitors can get a bird’s eye view of this huge and beautiful stretch of water and its busy life – the fisherman and their families who live in neat huts on its shores, using their watery environment by casting their fishing nets on it, by harvesting it for the water chestnut known as Heikak, and even by building their houses on the islands of floating vegetation that traverse the lake.

We continue our tour with a visit to KeibulLamjao National Park. Sharing ashore with Loktak Lake, KeibulLamjao National Park is the last natural habitat of the endangered marsh-dwelling brow-antlered deer of Manipur called “Sangai”. It is the only floating national park in the world, composed of large masses of floating weed.

Enroute we will take you to The Tiddim Road, where the Japanese (Known as the ‘White Tigers’) faced off with the Indian Division (the ‘Black Cats’), the main British force in the area, during the Battle of Imphal. Just off it is Moirang, where men of the Indian National Army (INA) planted the Indian tricolor, which featured a springing tiger, for the first time on the mainland. The Tiddim Road Tour gives you a chance to discover this intriguing story, and much more. Overnight Imphal (B/ – / D /)

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Day 4 – Half day Sanghai Festival and drive to Kohima – in 4hrs

During the day we will explore various performances and activities of the Sangai Festival including a traditional dance performance by different tribes, fashion parade with ethnic costume, polo game, traditional boat racing and many more. There will be different activities on different dates and locations. It may not be possible to cover each and every activity in all locations as you stay only a few days in Imphal during the festival.

Every year the Government of Manipur, Spearheaded by the Tourism Department, celebrates the Manipur Sangai Festival from 21st to 30th of November. The Festival strives to showcase and promote the best of what the state has to offer to the world in terms of art and culture, handloom, handicrafts & fine arts, indigenous sports, cuisines & music, eco & adventure sports as well as the scenic natural beauty of the land. Moreover, the Festival has assumed great significance in recent years and important events to celebrate the ethnic diversity of Manipur Society. Later drive to Kohima the capital town of Nagaland. Check-in at late afternoon. This is a long journey and will take almost the second half of the day. The journey to Kohima through the northern Manipur passes through some of the very best places in Manipur that’s so rich in lush nature and is untouched and unexplored. We will check-in at the hotel in Kohima and have free day. Overnight Imphal (B/ – / D /)

Day 5 – Full day at Nagaland Hornbill festival

The sixteen tribes and sub-tribes inhabiting this small state of Nagaland have a passion for dances and festivals. The Nagas have stepped gracefully into the 21st century with their roots still firmly planted in their traditional culture. While in Nagaland, on many occasions, you will be passing through traditional village gates with motifs that are older than many cities in the world. In Kohima, we will explore the various tribal villages, meet with the community and learn story about their social life and tradition, try exotic Naga food and drinks and go for shopping traditional items.

We will present ourselves at the Angami Naga village for the grand opening ceremony of the Hornbill festival. The Hornbill festival is where one can see a melange of Naga cultural displays in one place. Organized by the State Directorate of Tourism every year between December 1 and 10 in Kohima, the festival is intended to revive, protect, and preserve the richness and uniqueness of the Naga heritage. The festival, in a way, is also a tribute to the hornbill, a bird most admired by the Naga people for its qualities of alertness and grandeur. This majestic bird is linked closely with the social and cultural life of the people, as is evident in tribal folklore, dances, and songs. The awe and admiration for the bird are symbolically displayed on almost all traditional tribal headgears worn during festivities. Local handicrafts and handlooms, ranging from bamboo products to intricately woven traditional garments and organic fruits and vegetables are on display at the festival. Stalls with an array of tempting Naga dishes are helping to lure food lovers as well. The festival is organized to showcase the cultural mosaic and the rich heritage of Nagaland.

In the evening we will stroll around the local evening market in Kohima and feel the festive mood of local young Naga people. The streets are illuminated with colorful light and are buzzing with cheerful people all around – playing music, performing a street dance, preparing delicious street food -a perfect place for street photography. Return to our hotel in the late evening for dinner.

Note: There will be various show, competition, performance, and carnival during the 10 days long festival in different parts of the town. It is not possible to see all of the events in each location if you do not stay for the entire period.

In the evening you can continue with the carnival in the town and experience the talented Naga Rock performance or witness the naga fashion show or Miss Naga contest. Overnight Kohima (B/ – / D /)

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Day 6 – A day tour in Khonoma village – the first green village in India

Today we drive to a tiny village Khonoma on the Japfu hill slope about 20kms from Kohima. This is the first green village in India and the settlement of a warrior tribe Angami who are also known for their great fight against the advancing British soldiers and protected their village. Apart from the patriotic history, Khonoma is well-known for its knowledge systems in agriculture, conservation methods, stone works, cane works, handloom and handicrafts, and knowledge in herbal and Ethno medicines. In 2003-2004, Khonoma became the first Green Village in India. Besides the above, Khonoma provides spectacular sights. Its hills and peaks, terraced paddy fields, waterfalls, orchids, etc. are sights to behold. Its forests contain rare and endangered species of animals and birds. The Blythe’s Tragopan Bird – an extremely rare species of bird, clouded leopard, Rainbow Trout are some examples.

We will walk in the village with a local guide who will explain their history and culture and also we will see the villagers’ activities like farming, handicraft, etc and interact with the local people. A local lunch will be arranged in the village. Overnight Kohima (B/ – / D /)

Day 7 – Kohima to Kaziranga National Park – in 7hrs long Drive

Today after breakfast we drive to Kaziranga National Park.

Check-in at a jungle resort. Have a leisure evening and enjoy the music of the jungle around you as you soak in the comfort of the lodge.

Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage site, which is spread across the mighty Brahmaputra river valley on the north and verdant Karbi Anglong hills on the south is an outstanding example representing significant ongoing ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of wetland ecosystem and communities of plants and animals. This is a successful park in hosting the largest population of Asiatic One-Horned Rhino in the world (Approx 2400 Nos). This park is also known for its Big Five which includes – Asiatic Elephant, Water Buffalo, Indian Bison, Royal Bengal Tiger, and the Great Rhino. Apart from this Kaziranga has a great variety of birds and a paradise for the bird watcher and photographer. The extremely rare Bengal Florican was sighted in this park.

Day 8 – Elephant safari in West or Central Range

In the early morning, we will go for an Elephant riding inside the vast grassland to spot the wild animals. The early morning light in this grassland provides an excellent opportunity to photograph this wilderness. Elephant Safari is available only in the early morning session (timings 5:30 am to 7:30 am). The safari is typically for an hour only.

You will also have the option of visiting the park in an open hood jeep. The jeep safari is ideally for 2hrs and you can have several 2hrs safaris during your stay in this park

Jeep safari in Eastern / Central / Western Range

You can enjoy the beauty of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros with its majestic body and its charismatic horn, see a herd of elephants, and some most magnificent tuskers (if you are lucky!). You are sure to come across herds of Wild Buffalo with their magnificent horns. These are some of the last populations in the wild. You would also come across herds of Hog Deer, Sambar, and Swamp Deer. Its a paradise for bird-watchers (please do not forget to bring your own binoculars). You could also come across wild boar, Hog Badgers, Porcupine. Red Jungle Fowl, Khaleej Pheasant, and Swamp Francolin could also be spotted if you have sharp eyes and strong hearing. If you look towards the sky, you may be able to spot Pallas Fishing Eagle, Hornbills, and Cranes in flight. And if you are lucky enough, you might as well come across a tiger or two.

Day 9 – Kaziranga to Guwahati – 175kms in 5hrs

From Kaziranga, we drive to Guwahati – the largest city in Northeast India. Transfer to Airport and take the flight back to Delhi. You can take a connecting flight the same evening or stay back in a hotel for the night and depart the next morning.

Day 10 – Guwahati

Flying home  – End of our India – Nagaland – Hornbill Festival Photo tour.

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November 29 – December 7, 2020

November 29 – December 7, 2021


9 days/8 nights

Photographic themes:

landscape, Villages, mountains, culture, people, wildlife


New Delhi,



Hornbill Festival,

Kaziranga National Park,



  • Transfer from/to airport upon arrival and departure
  • all accommodations in Hotels
  • Meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Private transportation – Sightseeing with Air-con Van+ fuel,
  • Accompanied English speaking guide with local knowledge of history and culture
  • All entrance for the parks and monuments, excursion, activities as mentioned in the plan
  • 2 Safari in Kaziranga National Park ( 1 Elephant + 1 Jeep)
  • Bottle water in each day and light food pack during the journey and long walking days
  • Professional Photographic Guide Tim Vollmer
  • return Domestic flight (Delhi-Imphal and Guwahati-Delhi

Not included:

  • International Airfare ticket
  • Alcohol
  • Travel insurance, health insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any site, etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary)
  • Model fees
  • What is not mentioned as included

Getting there:

You will organize your own travel to and from Delhi and to and from Guwahati

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Hornbill Festival photo tour

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India – Hornbill Festival photo tour

Tim Vollmer

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Tim has devoted his life to photography. Photography has been his long-held hobby and great passion. Tim has always felt drawn to the power and beauty he finds in nature. Tim has been leading photo tours and workshops in Iceland and many different countries over the years. He has had the world as his workplace. He is Photographing everything from the dramatic landscape in Iceland, to the native people in the remote corners of the world and the culture that is unique to each country.

His journeys have taken him around the world in pursuit of memorable travel experiences and the creation of compelling images. His work has been featured in international publications. His images and stories are shared on various internet outlets. As a driven artist, professional, entrepreneur, and adventurer, Tim is eager to share his passion, knowledge in photography, and travel through the tours he designed on his own, or through his partnership with professional photographers from around the globe. Tim and his family lived 11 years in Iceland. Now they are based in the Czech Republic.

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