Manipur, Nagaland, and Kaziranga

Overview

Experience the extraordinary cultural and wildlife wonders of northeast India’s hill tribe country with our veteran Trip Leader Devendra Basnet. Our journey begins in Kolkata, a vibrant city steeped in the history of the British Raj, and brings us to the mountains of Nagaland for the Hornbill Festival, a fascinating celebration of Naga tribal culture complete with ceremonial chanting and warrior dances. Our cultural adventure is complemented by thrilling game viewing in famed Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage Site and home of the one-horned rhino, herds of rare swamp deer, wild elephants, and wintering grounds for many migratory birds. Come with us for a rare opportunity to discover the thriving traditions and magnificent wildlife of an ancient land.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-5
Kolkata / Imphal, Manipur

After exploring Kolkata, we fly to Imphal, set on India’s northeast border with Burma. We’ll take a boat ride on vast Loktok Lake, with its floating islands, some large enough to support villages and schools, and roam the lanes of fascinating Ima Keithel, the only women-run bazaar in Asia, in continuous operation for 500 years. We also enjoy the Sangai Festival, an annual cultural event that celebrates the ethnic diversity of Manipur and the art and culture of the people.

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Days 6-8
Kohima / Hornbill Festival

We head to Kohima, capital of mountainous Nagaland. At the annual Hornbill Festival, we'll witness a lively celebration of the 16 distinct Naga tribes who live among the lush green forests and mountains of this remote part of India. We’ll see traditional Naga arts, watch the festival’s dances and games, and get a glimpse into a fascinating ancient culture.

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Days 9-12
Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary / Kaziranga National Park

In India’s Assam region, we walk through the dense subtropical jungle of the Hollongpar Gibbon Sanctuary to look for the Hoolock gibbon, the only ape species in the Indian subcontinent. In Kaziranga National Park, we enjoy exciting game viewing in this forested reserve, home to one-horned rhino, rare swamp deer, wild elephant, and exceptionally rich birdlife. Depart via Kolkata on Day 12.

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Highlights

Highlights

Attend the Sangai Festival in Manipur, a cultural event celebrating ethnic diversity
Witness the Hornbill Festival, a cultural celebration of the traditional tribes of Nagaland
Search for rare Hoolok gibbons and other primates in the Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary
Look for one-horned rhinos in the jungles of Kaziranga National Park

Details

Length: 12 days
Cost From: $6495  
Arrive: Kolkata, India
Depart: Kolkata, India
Lodging: 11 nights hotels and lodges
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

Cultural visits and walking tours, rugged road travel