With all of Nagaland’s tribes coming together for it, Hornbill 2016 was a welcome assault on the senses. Dance and music perfomances took centrestage, of course, while the various tribal morungs at the Kisama Heritage Village overflowed with good food and drink. Beyond the performances, there were sleepy villages to explore. The weather was lovely. And it helped that there was a luxurious camp to retire to each evening.

Performers pose for a photo-op at their morung
Performers pose for a photo-op at their morung
A 'friendly brawl' in progress at the festival
A 'friendly brawl' in progress at the festival


Naga wrestling championship at the festival
Naga wrestling championship at the festival
Christmas cheer in Kohima
Christmas cheer in Kohima
Naga warriors in all their regalia
Naga warriors in all their regalia
Hornbill feathers adorn tribal headgear
Hornbill feathers adorn tribal headgear
Miniature Willys jeeps serve as trophies for the WWII Peace Rally
Miniature Willys jeeps serve as trophies for the WWII Peace Rally
TUTC's Kohima Camp was a welcome refuge
TUTC's Kohima Camp was a welcome refuge
Artificial flowers for sale
Artificial flowers for sale