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Morungs at the hornbill Festival
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Dzukou Valley
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ChaloHoppo to the Hornbill festival 2019 & visit Asia’s First Green Village, Dzuleke and Dzukou Valley

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Attending this grand showcase will take you back to a time when the Naga folks used to live life in harmony with nature. A time when hunting and celebrating was the way of life. Women wear colourful weaves and men sport spears adorned with animal fur to go with their loincloth. You soak the energy and indulge in some lip-smacking food.

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All about ChaloHoppo to the Hornbill festival 2019 & visit Asia’s First Green Village, Dzuleke and Dzukou Valley.

Anyone who manages to spend a reasonable time travelling across Nagaland, from the land of the Konyaks in Eastern Nagaland right up to the land of the Angamis in the state capital of Kohima will find the Naga people extremely hospitable. That green hills and crispy clouds give you company when you aren’t surrounded by these warm people is a bonus.

Hornbill festival brings all these little things together in one place for everyone to witness and it is definitely an event one shouldn’t miss. However, if you want to experience the “real Nagaland”, you have to veer into Nagaland’s villages. The remoter the village, the kinder the people, poorer the network and richer the experience. The other leg of this journey does exactly that!

We take you to the Naga villages where hill slopes have been cut to cultivate paddy, ginger, garlic etc., resembling images of the terraced farms that now have been associated with Bali (Indonesia). A visit to Khonoma village inhabited by the Angami tribes will validate this. The next day it is truly the time to disconnect as you enter the reclusive village of Dzuleke, with only 34 homes!

The tour ticks all the boxes of a comprehensive Nagaland experience when you end it by exploring the recently famed unexplainable landscape of Dzukou valley.
For those who like their red meat, Naga cuisine should be right up there in the list of cuisines to try. Varieties of smoked and fresh meat, infused with local herbs and generous portions of bamboo shoot.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All accommodations on twin/triple sharing basis in Khonoma and Dzuleke villages
  • All accommodations on twin sharing basis in 3 man tents at ChaloHoppo Village, Camp  Yedikha in Jakhama village.
  • Sleeping bags, sleeping mats, pillows.
  • Breakfast on all days, all meals on day 4 and lunch on Day 5.
  • Bonfire.
  • Hygienic toilets for men and women.
  • Bathing rooms.
  • Transport from Dimapur to Dimapur.
  • ChaloHoppo guy as tour leader through the trip.
  • Hyper-Local guides in Khonoma and Dzuleke villages
  • Electricity source with charging facility for mobile devices at the campsite
  • Running water supply at the campsite.
  • Breakfast and freshening up space on arrival in Dimapur on the first morning of the tour
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airfare charges
  • All food & beverages cost apart from the ones mentioned above
  • Entry fee to any monuments etc if any
  • Any camera fees
  • Campsite staff tips (if any)
  • Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.)
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • Potters hired for personal use.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Inclusions”
  1. Day 1 Greet Nagaland!

    Pick up from Dimapur railway station at 5 30 am in the morning. This isn’t exactly the Nagaland we are talking about yet. A 5-hour bumpy ride through a dust bowl has to be endured to reach the promised Naga- land.
    When you finally reach Khonoma village and settle in your homestay and look out from your balcony, you will know it was worth the pain.

    Take a walk to the terraced rice fields of the village and pluck some local veggies. You can also head further down to the stream and explore the stream.  

    Time to have some finger-licking Naga cuisine with your host family, made out of your plucked vegetables from the field. Good time to get some tips on how to cook a perfect Naga cuisine.

    Stay- A beautiful Homestay in Khonoma.

  2. Day 2 Spend your day without Network at Dzuleke village

    After breakfast head for a heritage walk in the village to the “morungs”, and historical forts accompanied by the local guide. 

    After the walk, we head for an hour drive to Dzuleke. Ah, such a hidden gem!

    Hike up to the hills or wander in the forests, or just sit with your empty thoughts and admire the pure surroundings of this paradise. Give the local mythical stories an ear and watch sky shift colours as the sunsets. If the weather permits, do a small trek to the nearby hidden waterfall.

    Roam around in the village with only 34 houses. Head for dinner and relax in the cosy homestay.

    Stay- One of the 5 Homestays in Dzuleke.

  3. Day 3 First glimpse of the Hornbill festival!

    After breakfast, we leave for Kohima. This is what you came for, isn’t it? To attend the Grand Hornbill festival. So, today you shall have your first glimpse of the celebrations. On our way, we make a stopover at the Kohima War Cemetery. The memorial remembers the bloodshed of 917 soldiers who died during the altercation with the Japanese during World War II. After exploring the War Cemetery, it’s time for lunch at one of the dozen authentic food stalls at the Hornbill festival venue in Kisama village. From now until, the sunsets, you are free to explore the festival on your own. We head to our campsite in Jakhama village, where the other campers and your comfortable tents await. The bonfire, some good food and stargazing should end this night.

     

    Stay- ChaloHoppo Village, Campsite Yedikha.

  4. Day 4 Wake up for Dzukou.

    We have to be up early and ready by 7 am. Breakfast at the campsite and we charge on the sumos waiting for us.

    The ride from the campsite to the starting point of the trek, Viswema will take about an hour depending on the conditions of the road on the climb.

    The trek to Dzukou will take a maximum of 5 hours considering the first time and slow trekkers. 

    Our base will be the dormitory, which offers a beautiful view of the valley.

    It’s time to head into the valley. The trail down takes about 1 hour.

    We will have professional guides throughout to make sure you don’t get lost in this beautiful land.

    Stay- Dzukou Dormitory.

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Hiking out of Dzukou and your second evening at Hornbill

    Wake up early by 5 am and head to the valley to see it in its frozen form and to see the sunrise. Come back, have a quick breakfast, pack up and begin your return trek. Reach the starting point of Viswema trek where our Sumos will be waiting for your rescue. An hour ride back and some hot delicious Puri Bhaji awaits you at the campsite. Freshen up and head for the second round of experiencing the Hornbill festival. From now until, the sunsets, you are free to explore the festival on your own. Come back to the camp for some live music. Yes, we have a local band jamming to some melodies by the bonfire and this is your last night at the camp and in Nagaland, so make it count! 

    Stay- ChaloHoppo Village, Campsite Yedikha

  6. Day 6 Bidding Nagaland goodbye, unless you want to stay back!

    We will need to leave really early, so you must have packed last night. 

  7. Please Note Arrival and Departure timings, flights and suggestions.

    Arrival:
    Fly into Guwahati (GAU)on the 30th of November 2019. Book any flight that lands by 9 30 pm.
    Then take the daily overnight Nagaland express- train no.15669 that departs from Guwahati railway station at 11: 30 pm. Reservations are easily available on this train as long as you are booking at least 2 weeks in advance.

    Fly out of Dimapur Airport(DMU) on the 6th of December 2019 at 3: 25 pm. These are connecting flights that go to all the major cities.

     

    Click here to download the handy pdf version of the itinerary.

Campsite and Homestays

ChaloHoppo Village Camp Yedikha:
The campsite itself resembles the terrace farms of Nagaland as it has three levels. The first level has the parking space, the kitchen area and a few tents. The second layer has most of the tents and the bonfire area. The third layer is the best as it offers an uninterrupted view of beautiful paddy fields of Jakhama village, with the backdrop of the hills. The whole campsite has a natural boundary of oak trees with flowers and orchids ornamenting it. It is only 5.4 km away from Kisama village, the venue of the annual Hornbill festival in Nagaland.

 

Homestays:

Your homestays in Khonoma and Dzuleke will probably be the best you have come across. These fit the definition of a perfect homestays with your windows giving breathtaking views and hosts giving you the ideal company. If not your home, these are the ones you wished was your home.

The cultural diversity of northeast India is so vast that we can’t blame outsiders for not being aware of communities in the region who are purely vegetarians, so much so that they avoid eating onions( they are indigenous to the region, in case you are thinking about communities from mainland India who have settled here). Having said that, we must admit that the region’s food habits especially in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya are predominantly non vegetarian with a whole lot of red meat based preparations. But the states have warmed up to tourists recently and almost every place you visit will provide the Indian staple diet of rice, dal and sabji, even chapatis if you are lucky. As far as Tripura, Assam, Manipur and Sikkim are concerned vegetarians have decent number of options. Your craving for butter paneer may not be satisfied, but you will do just fine as far as maintaining your health and strength is concerned.

Entry to Nagaland will require an inner line permit for domestic travellers. Foreigners visiting Nagaland have to get a protected area permit or PAP. We can also get your ILP made on prior notice, with an additional cost of Rs. 500.

Extra nights can be booked based on availability. You can also visit our Custom trip section to plan a different trip.

A most definite yes, as long as you are okay travelling in a mixed group of other solo travellers or small group of friends.

The sources of such warnings should be checked and speaking from the perspective of locals living in the region we can say that though some parts of Northeast India do have cases of groups clashing against government forces from time to time, it doesn’t affect a tourist as long as the route is chosen wisely and hours of commute are decided smartly, much like travelling in any other part of the world.

If you have seen warnings in the advisory pages of governments, then we would like  to remind you that governments (of different countries)will always take precaution and not be in sync with the real situation. Northeast India is absolutely safe with warm and welcoming locals. You should have no issues even going to the most interior places. As with any other tribal dominated region, respect the local culture and don’t hurt their sentiments, and you will have a great time in a beautiful place.
Because so less is known about the region in general, it may be a wise idea to get in touch with some travel experts before you plan your trip.

The roads in Nagaland are like most mountain roads in India, i.e. not in a great shape. So your cup holders in the car may not really work. But the roads aren’t risky to be driving on, just a little uncomfortable.

Homestay: Please understand that you will be staying in homestays and not hotels, and hence you are requested to treat the host and the family not as professional staff but as a family that is hosting guests.

Avoid plastic: Please avoid buying mineral water, since it is a major cause of pollution in the delicate eco system of the places you are visiting. Carry a reusable water bottle and fill filtered water or spring water. The hosts and your guide can assist you in showing where the water can be found.

Respect local culture: You are travelling to remote parts of the country where people speak freely and sometimes it comes across as rude, but understand that their intention isn’t to hurt your sentiments, just that they perhaps lack the skill of sugar coating and diplomacy. During your tour you may see things that may surprise you like a cat roaming around in the kitchen while you eat. But understand that many of these things are part of the way of life here and hence respect the same.

More than 45 Days prior to arrival: 75% refund
30 -45 Days prior to arrival: 50% refund
15- 30 Days prior to arrival: 25% refund
Less than 15 Days prior to arrival : 0% refund

In Nagaland, only Reliance Jio will be a reliable service provider with patchy connectivity from Airtel and BSNL. No other network providers will work in Nagaland.

Please note that Dzuleke and Dzukou valley wont have any reception.

Dzukou is beautiful but sadly you cant capture the beauty from the bird view. The new rules have a restriction on flying drones in the valley. If caught your drone will seized and you will have to pay a fine of Rs. 5000.

Overall Rating
5/5
Navya
Reviewed On 06/09/2019
5/5

I have travelled twice with Chalo Hoppo.( Nagaland + Meghalaya) Dzoukou + Hornbill Festival Travelled solo and made many friends during this trip. Excellent camping gear especially the sleeping bag. I did not use the warm sleeping bag liners that I carried with me Chalo Hoppo guys make it so special that you feel at home and enjoy the trip USP of the trip: There was hot water and tiled clean bathrooms 🙂 I love them for this 😛[email protected]

Deenaz Raisinghghani
Reviewed On 06/09/2019
5/5

We are a family of three and we (hubby n me) have been travelling for the last 11 years. we also love to backpack with our daughter and have managed to explore a few parts of the World with her..However, we had been waiting to do a trip to the North East of India for a long time and somehow it had not materialised. In December last year, we got a chance to make this long awaited trip happen with Chalohoppo to Nagaland during the Hornbill Festival. From the very first interaction with them over email, I got a very positive and warm vibe from them as well as a very responsible tour operator. We reached them after a roadtrip via Dimapur-Wokha-Mokokchung-Kohima(Thanks to Abhishek for coordinating the first point of contact for us even though he was travelling himself). They curated a lovely travel itinerary for us which I shall write about below: Stay at Campsite Yedikha: The campsite is located very close to the Hornbill festival venue(Kisama Heritage Village) and is the acclimatising base for the Dzukou valley trek as well. Facilities:The site has tents pitched on two levels overlooking the terraced fields of Jakhama, Nagaland. It has a full service kitchen, extremely clean and permanent tiled toilets with continuous water supply, a roofed lounging zone with games and music and a bonfire area that is open to the sky. The hosts (Chalohoppo) are always available and stay with the guests on site most of the time. We were welcomed by Chetan,John, Deepika and Aishwarya who were always at camp looking after the guests and taking care of logistics. Sleep:The camp is literally the hub of activity in this part of Chalohoppo’s Nagaland. We were travelling with a toddler(3yo) and it was December so one can imagine how low the temperatures were; however we slept beautifully in the tents as they were insulated, blinded from morning light, and had very comfortable good quality sleeping bags with space for luggage inside the tent. Eat:We were served fresh warm breakfast early in the mornings (no matter what time everyone slept) and delicious local meals every night with both vegetarian and non vegetarian options. The cooks (local staff) whip up authentic organic food with a side of Naga non vegetarian and vegetarian recipes and they are truly delicious to say the least. We had a meal every night with them and each night was special be it the Naga chicken curry or the dry dal with greens that Chetan suggested we try or the fresh chickpea salad that we relished. Aishwarya helped make the yummiest breakfast sandwiches for us and we found a friend in all of them. Day trip 1- Khonoma: We finally met the Chalohoppo guy (famous on Instagram) Nishant in Khonoma where he welcomed us with his infectious warm smile, extensive anecdotes and generosity. We were a group of like minded travellers(bloggers,vloggers,photographers) from different parts of the country and we were taken on an amazing tour of Khonoma village(the first green village). We were left awestruck by the beauty of this village, its pristine open fields, smiling villagers, zero garbage, pretty houses, and lots of fresh air. Chalohoppo arranged a local guide for us named Neizo, an educated qualified local boy and the way he narrated the tour was incredible. His knowledge of the history, local traditions and opinions about contemporary Naga life were something to learn about. We ended up knowing a lot more than we would have otherwise. We lunched at the Meru Homestay overlooking a breathtaking view and had the juiciest cucumbers I have ever eaten. Gorgeous local organic food again that left us happy after a hearty walk around the village. We also witnessed the Friendship festival at Khonoma village (which is something to see for sure) as the locals were dressed in their traditional ceremonial attire and it was a great experience meeting them besides the Hornbill festival. Day trip-2:Jakhama Village Hike. We went for a hike around Jakhama village with a guide from the camp named Kikosonu, and she took us around her pretty village surrounded by lush paddy fields and rolling hills. Just walking around the entire village of Jakhama is a beautiful experience as you will get to see lovely tin roofed houses, meet some warm smiling locals, and get to hear about the history of the Village along with her personal anecdotes that will make this village hard to forget. Live Music: on our last day at camp, we were treated to a live band from Kohima who jammed with us into the night and we met and danced with some beautiful strangers that felt more like friends. For parents wanting to travel with kids, this is a perfect itinerary and you would get to enjoy each aspect of the State without tiring your kids too much and also exposing them to a camping experience. USP:-1) Attention to detail 2) Knowledge of local place, tie ups and information about everything that will be required right upto the point you leave Nagaland. 3) Responsible, Ready to take feedback and always positive 4) Ready to customise plans according to the comfort of the travellers 5) Extremely well spoken, fun, confident and amazing people in one team 6) Easily the coolest tour operator in all of North East! Trust me Go on a trip with them to get your own experience! Chalo Northeast Chalohoppo…

Rahul vasu
Reviewed On 04/09/2019
5/5

Chalohoppo has an Amazin team of local guides to take care of the guests at Dzukou..Especially Vikho kazha and khukethO(Atho). Amazin people..took such good Care of me. Hospitality is ta Nagamese Way, they seriously make U feel bad with the care and hospitality. Made my Moonsoon trek a memorable one. Do ask for them If Ur takin a trek anywhere around Kohima.

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