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Colours of North East India

Hornbill Festival

28th November – 13th December 2018

Highlights of the Tour:

  • Experience annual festival of Nagaland – Hornbill festival of tribes
  • Visit various weaving villages
  • Experience culture of tribes and villagers
  • 1 jeep safari at Kaziranga National Park
  • Visit Museums and government Emporiums
  • Visit some world heritage sites, monasteries and temples
  • Pottery workshop
  • Workshop on Hand block printing
  • Workshop on Kantha embroidery
  • Experience Elephant safari

The Hornbill Festival of Nagaland is one of the biggest cultural extravaganzas in the North East. It is a week-long event held every year from Dec1-10 in Nagaland. The Hornbill Festival is a festival to revive, protect, sustain, and promote the richness of the Naga heritage and traditions.

During the Hornbill Festival, all the Naga tribes come together for a week-long celebration of their cultural and traditional plight. It’s a time where all these tribes gather up to showcase their age-old traditions and come closer to knowing each other. The main events of the festival take place at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 10kms from Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland. Traditional Naga huts and Morungs (boy’s dormitories) typical to each of the Naga tribes are built and erected in a way that closely resembles their traditional euphoria on a small hillock in Kisama. The place itself is scenic and mystical, and the festival is simply epic!

The Hornbill Festival celebrations are marked with a colorful display of traditional dances, sports, and songs of the various Naga tribes. Cultural dances, indigenous sports, and folk songs are the main highlights of the first 3 days of the festival. And one can get to see a colorful and vibrant celebration of a culture that’s so mystic and intriguing. The warrior log drums, the colorful headgear, the soulful war cry, the exquisite costumes et al are simply remarkable in their own ways. Delicious local cuisines and delicacies that are typical to each of the Naga tribes are served in their respective Morungs along with the finest rice beer. The amazing food simply makes it a gastronomic festival.

The Hornbill Festival of Nagaland, over the years, has evolved from being just a celebration of the culture and tradition of the Nagas into one big cultural event for all the 8 Northeast States. Cultural troupes from all the northeastern states participate during this week-long celebration and it is such a delight watching all the different cultures coming together under one roof. It is a great time to experience the cultural diversity of North East India on a go.

The Hornbill Festival is not just about reliving past, it is also a celebration of the present. The biggest Rock Festival of the country is hosted at Kohima every year during this festival. It is believed that singing and dancing is a way of life and comes naturally to the Nagas. And the biggest rock event is no doubt a part of the vibrant Hornbill celebrations. Apart from this, an adventure car rally and various other contest and events are organized during this festival. Some interesting events during the festival are – the Pork eating contest, the King Chilly eating contest etc.

The Kohima Night Bazaar is also an interesting aspect of the Hornbill Festival. The stretch of the Kohima Main town comes alive for 7 nights with food, music, and fun. The street is overcrowded with various food stalls serving out some of the finest delicacies and it’s simply amazing walking through the hustle-bustle.

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Learn all about the Hornbill Festival

Day 1-28th Nov’18:

  • Depart London

Day 2 – 29th Nov’18:

  • Arrive Kolkata and transfer to your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Kolkata 

Day 3 – 30th Nov’18:

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • After breakfast flight to Dimapur [6E 377 at 1100: 1230 Hrs]
  • Arrive Dimapur and stop for Lunch at local restaurant
  • Later drive to Kohima [80 Kms: 2.5 Hrs]
  • On arrival transfer to your hotel in Kohima, Nagaland

Day 4 – 01st Dec’18:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Post breakfast we drive to the Kisama Heritage Complex (12 kms / 30 mins), for the full day, to observe the different tribal performances and to soak in the atmosphere of the rather colourful and vibrant Hornbill Festival. Enjoy Cultural Dances (All 16 major tribes), War Dances (All 16 major tribes), Folk Songs, Indigenous Games, Music (Rock Beat contest in the evening), Fashion Show (Cultural & Modern), Handloom & Handicrafts, Local Cuisines , Local drinks (Zutho, Thutshe) etc.
  • In the afternoon, explore the village of the Angami tribe, Jakhama and Kigwema.
  • In the evening, enjoy the Night Bazaar.
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Kohima, Nagaland

Day 5 – 02th Dec’18:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast visit Kohima state museum, handloom and handicraft emporium
  • Lunch will be at local restaurant
  • Afternoon visit Kohima World War II cemetery and Khonoma village
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Kohima, Nagaland

Day 6 – 03th Dec’18:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast visit Gurtell Botique which is one of the best places to find colourful traditional and contemporary fabrics and designs.
  • After visit drive to Dimapur [80 Kms: 2.5 Hrs]
  • On arrival transfer to your hotel
  • Later visit Diezephe village – Diezephe Craft Museum displaying woodcarving and weaving.
  • Rest of the day is at leisure
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Dimapur, Nagaland

 

Day 7 – 04th Dec’18:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast drive to Kaziranga [215 Kms: 5 Hrs approx]
  • Lunch will be at local restaurant
  • Arrive Kaziranga and check-in at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Kaziranga, Assam

Day 8 – 05th Dec’18:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast witness Silk fabric and Dye festival
  • Lunch will be at local restaurant or packed lunch from hotel
  • Afternoon jeep safari at Kaziranga National Park
  • Evening enjoy a cultural programme-Rang Sandhya
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Kaziranga

Day 9 – 06th Dec’18:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast experience elephant safari.
  • Later drive to Neematighat [80 Kms: 2 Hrs approx] for ferry crossing (1 hr downstream boat cruise) to Majuli.
  • Arrive Majuli and visit the monasteries and interact with local tribes and both Assamese and Mishing villages.
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Majuli

Day 10 – 07th Dec’18:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast visit Mask making village, pottery making villages and participate in activities.
  • Lunch will be at local restaurant or packed Lunch from hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Majuli

Day 11 – 08th Dec’18:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast drive to Tezpur enroute visiting carpet weaving at Gohpur.
  • Lunch will be at local restaurant or packed Lunch
  • On arrival check-in at your hotel
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Tezpur

Day 12 – 09th Dec’18:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast drive to Guwahati [5 Hrs approx] enroute visiting Sualkuchi famous for silk weaving.
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Guwahati

Day 13 – 10th Dec’18:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast visit Rabha tribal villages to explore the weaving styles.
  • Lunch will be at local restaurant
  • After lunch visit Handloom and Handicraft emporium and local shop such as Konyak shop
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Guwahati 

Day 14 – 11th Dec’18:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • After breakfast flight to Kolkata [AI 9740 at 1030: 1200 Hrs]
  • Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
  • Lunch will be at local restaurant
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Kolkata

Day 15- 12th Dec’18:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Morning, enjoy workshop at Kasba Weaver’s Studio to experience the local art of block printing and fabric dyeing.
  • Lunch will be arranged at Ballygunge Weavers Studio on direct payment basis.
  • Post lunch, indulge in some retail therapy at Ballygunge Weavers Studio.
  • Stay overnight at Hotel in Kolkata

Day 16 – 13th Dec’18:

  • Breakfast is at the Hotel.
  • Today, at an appropriate time, you will be transferred to Jaipur airport to connect with your flight backhome.

COST FOR THIS HOLIDAY

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Single private room:  £2,850

Twin room sharing:  £2,250

Single private room no flight – £2,250

Twin shared room no flight – £1,650

 

 

Colouricious Online Booking Form

Terms

When you book this holiday we will send you an invoice for the deposit amount of £1,000 which will need to be paid immediately. We will send you an invoice for the balance of your holiday payment 4 months prior to the departure date and this will need to be paid 3 months before your holiday starts.

People who have been on 3 or more of our holidays with Colouricious will be entitled to receive a £100 deduction to their deposit payment.

It may be more economical for you to fly yourself to meet up with us. If you decide to book your own flight, we will meet up with you in Delhi at a designated hotel. The booking forms are to be found under the booking tab on the top of this holiday page, and  can be emailed to us. We will then send you our bank details if you prefer to transfer the funds electronically.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

➢ Return flights to and from London Heathrow
➢ Our own private coach all week
➢ Our own private tour guide for the week. It is essential that you travel with your own personal travel insurance.
➢ Stay at bed, breakfast and meal plans as stipulated in the itinerary.
➢ Onward travel by Large Coach.
➢ All monument entrances.
➢ English Speaking traveling guide
➢ Any Train tickets as stipulated in the itinerary
➢ Portage at Railway station.
➢ Assistance at international airport by English Speaking representative.
➢ Bottled water in coach, during travel.
➢ All applicable government taxes.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

➢ Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera / video camera fee at all monuments, medical expenses, airport departure taxes, etc.
➢ Meals other than those specified in the itinerary.
➢ Any insurance.
➢ Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
➢ Indian Visa for UK residents – please apply for your visa in plenty of time
Other than UK – Please check your own arrangements for your country for visa requirements. It is your responsibility to sort this – usually allow a couple of months, to be on the safe side. However there is an express visa service. Please note that you have to leave two months between visits to India – i.e. if you have been there within two months of our visit, you will not be able to obtain a visa.

Special Notes:

  • UK and EC citizens require a visa to visit India. You are responsible for obtaining these yourselves but we will of course provide any guidance or assistance you may require
  • All lunches will be on direct payment basis unless specified in the itinerary
  • Hotel check-in & check-out time is usually 1200 Hrs
  • In case of any currency fluctuations or amendments to local Government taxes, or any fuel price rises, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly
  • All the hotels and room categories are yet to be booked. Any change in hotel or room category may attract a supplement or reduction in the tour cost
  • Rate quoted above includes only those items as specified in the above inclusion column
  • Quote is valid only for the above mentioned period
  • Effective 2nd October 2008, the Government has introduced “No-Smoking” legislation for hotels, restaurants and all public places. As a consequence, smoking is prohibited in all parts of the hotel except in designated bedrooms where smoking is permitted. The hotel has dedicated smoking guest bedrooms. Should you desire a smoking bedroom, please let us know. We shall try to reserve a smoking bedroom for you, subject to availability, should you need one.
  • In case of any currency fluctuations or amendment in the local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly
  • For Train bookings, we will require complete names alongwith date of births, 60 days in advance
  • Tourist Helpline in India 1800111363
  • Whilst we have yet to experience this, the Indian government state: Travellers entering India at Delhi with an e-tourist visa will now receive a pre authorised SIM card on arrival pre loaded with 50 minutes of talk time & 50mb of data. This will soon be rolled out to other international airports in India. You may wish to consider taking a spare mobile telephone
  • Some people with a history of asthma or other illness  that affects breathing, may occasionally find the dust and pollution that can sometimes build up in the big cities problematic. They may wish to consider bringing a dust mask.

For Security Reasons, it is mandatory to supply respective units the below

  • Guest Residential Address
  • Contact Numbers
  • Email ID
  • Nationality
  • Photo Identity
  • Copy of passport

Spending Money

Many of the places we go only take cash. India is largely a cash society. ATMs are widely available. You can use your regular debit card to take cash out of ATMs but many banks charge a hefty fee for each transaction & their exchange rates may not be so competitive. Or you can carry travellers cheques but these are not so flexible & getting to a bank during opening hours may be a problem in the more remote regions or during one of the many festivals that India seems to enjoy. Ultimately though it is your choice. Further advice may be obtained from the UK Government.

Special Notes:

➢ All the above hotels and room categories are indicative, and are yet to be booked – this will be initiated as soon as we have your acceptance of the itinerary and quote. Any change in hotel or room category may attract a supplement or reduction in the tour cost.
➢ Hotel Check-in & Check-out time is usually 1200 Hrs.
➢ Prices especially train fares are subject to revision;
➢ Rate quoted above includes only those items as specified in the above inclusion column;
➢ Quote is valid only for the above mentioned period
➢ In case of any currency fluctuations or amendment in the local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly;

1. Will there be time for us to explore the villages where we stay?  E.g., time for shopping and browsing by ourselves.

There will be plenty of time to explore the villages as we go along. Built into the itinerary is free time and shopping time

2. Will there be someone to meet us at the airport, and where would we stay in New Delhi?  Could we arrive a couple of days before the tour begins and could we stay in the proposed hotel for those days before the tour?  I had a difficult time with the heat in 2013 so a couple of days to acclimate would save me losing those days on the tour itself.

There will be a Colouricious tour guide to meet you in Delhi, at the airport and transfer the group to the hotel. If you are travelling independently, you can decide when you want to arrive in Delhi and we will tell you which hotel and what time to meet the group.

3. How much time travelling on the road (it’s very bumpy as we know and can be very uncomfortable), and can you make accommodations for two travellers who get travel sickness, i.e., would we be able to sit near or at the front of the bus?

It is hard to say how many hours there are travelling each day but we do plan the time so that there are regular breaks. You can sit where you like on the coach, which is air conditioned and modern

4. Could you tell me how many tours of this type you have done before?  Are there testimonials we can read?  Is the same person in charge of each tour?

Colouricious has managed several hundred guests over the last five years – we tend to have the same guide but due to personal circumstances that may of course change.

5. The palace hotels look wonderful, but what type of accommodation is there for nights when we won’t be staying in palace hotels?

All the hotels that are on this tour are great standard and quality. Our guests always are thrilled with the good standard of accomodation and food.

6. How large is the group and are they all/mostly women?

The maximum size is 25 people and we mostly have woman although we do sometimes have the occasional male guest

7. Could you give me the names and email addresses of some people who have been on this tour before?  From the pictures they all looked delightful and I’d be eager to hear their personal comments.

We are not at liberty to  issue names and emails of previous guests but rest assured only lovely people seem to be attracted to Colouricious textile holidays!

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“I have recently returned from a visit to India with Jamie M.  It was my second visit of the year, last November I joined the group touring Rajastan and this month Odisha.  Over the last 50 years I have travelled the world both independently and with organised groups  – Borneo, Japan, Kenya, Peru and Malawi being  some of the highlights.  A friend asked me  what makes the Colouricious tours so special, why do they stand out from the rest and why do you go back?  Was it the choice of the Indian location, the textile art /craft theme  or the excellent value for money? Was it  the attention to details such as travel arrangements,  interesting heritage hotels, the food or the individual care you receive.  Most of the top travel  companies usually get these things right particularly if you pay top prices.  So why is Colouriscious different? 

Colouricious holidays are excellent tours in the sense you are taken to some of the most interesting, beautiful places you will ever visit. They are tours in the sense that the local guide will have given you enough information to help you understand the significance of what you are seeing. A quality tour for me is never about seeing the attractions or even  looking at how people live,  it is about the personal, interaction with people in their own environments.   

With Coloricious it is as though you have been given this massive privilege of stepping into another world.b It  is about things that happen to just you and provide  memories that will stay with you forever. You feel so privileged.  Everyday offers  unique experiences that made you  feel as if you have entered a community, not as a tourist  but just as the person you are and you leave having been touched in some way. Over  dinner at the end of a day when you swop stories you realise you  may well have been the only one taken by a young girl to show you her rice wall paintings but someone else was shown a villager’s vegetable plot , or was dressed in a sari, or taken to visit grandma or a new baby. The experiences are endless. Each person feels as though they had their own special moment.  Colouriscious  is the only tour holiday I have been on that offers this level of experience on a daily basis.” Love Denise

“In short, this was an incredible tour!  The organization was spot-on, we felt extremely well taken care of, and unexpected eventualities were handled by Isha with speed, grace, and calm. The structure of the tour (specifically, having two nights in most places) was most welcome and reduced as much as possible the stress of living out of a suitcase.  Having drinking water taken care of for us (rather than having constantly to pay for bottled water and worry about where it might come from) was SO much appreciated (and was a contrast to our last tour).
The textiles-activities were well organized and on the whole were a lot of fun.  There were no shortages of options to buy fabric, which I also appreciated! The hotels we stayed in were lovely!  The food was generally quite good — the two exceptions were at the fort at Pokaner (sp?) (this food was really not very good at all) and during glamping (where the food was actually tasty but consistently cold because the staff couldn’t figure out how to properly work the heating plates).  However, we were camping, so I wasn’t very bothered. 🙂
What made this trip so meaningful and joyful, though, was definitely the staff who came with us throughout the trip.  Specifically:
Gautam was an amazingly knowledgable escort, and he was attentive to everyone on the trip simultaneously in terms of calling attention to things he thought might be interesting (e.g.: I’m an amateur photographer, and he took the time to point out scenes and buildings and angles that might make good photographs).  He was also compassionate and kind, taking good care of some of the more elderly people on the trip who needed it.
Isha is an incredible find.  She managed to keep us all on track with humour and smiles, getting us where we needed to be with a minimum of fuss.  She took in stride unexpected events (such as our lunch restaurant being closed near the embellishment market in Delhi), and she was sensitive to the desires and needs of the people on the tour, going an extra mile or ten to provide people with the individual experience they were looking for.  On a personal front, Isha also looked out for my mum (who was a bit unexpectedly unsteady on her feet throughout), again with no fuss and an abundance of charm.  I can’t say enough positive things about Isha — I would be delighted to see her again on a tour, and I can’t commend highly enough her professional, competent, and delightful performance.  I have the greatest respect for her, compounded by her relative youth!
If this is the quality of staff and tours that Colouricious provides, then it’s no wonder you get repeat travelers. :)Thank you! “Amanda J.

Colouricious Holidays – Terms & Conditions.

The holiday will include accommodation and meals as described on the website at the time of booking.

All flights and transfers as described on the website at the time of booking.

All tours and visits as described on the website at the time of booking.

Travel arrangements are planned many months in advance and it may, very occasionally, be necessary to make changes to or cancel completely parts of the itinerary. Therefore we reserve the right to make changes after we have entered into this contract.

Although your confirmation and subsequent invoices may show the latest flight timings, these are subject to change at the will of the airline. We will inform you of any flight changes at the earliest opportunity. We do not take any responsibility for flight changes outside our control.

Surcharges
We reserve the right to increase our prices at any time, if costs rise due to unforeseen events such as government action, or if fuel costs increase or other unexpected price rises occur of which we were unaware at the time of booking. Any increase in price will be limited to the net cost to Colouricious Ltd.

Cancellation
In the event you wish to cancel your holiday you must inform Colouricious Ltd in writing immediately. Cancellation periods are calculated from the date Colouricious Ltd receive your written notification.

Cancellation Charges
10 weeks or more – 40% of total holiday cost
6 – 10 weeks – 60% of total holiday cost
Less than 6 weeks – 100% of total holiday cost

Insurance
It is a requirement that all clients have suitable travel insurance.

VISA
Colouricious Ltd will not be responsible for any visa or other immigration matter

Your Financial Protection
When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong.”

“We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).”

“If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those
Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.”

Colouricious Ltd
Colouricious will always strive to act in the best interest of the client to ensure the best holiday experience possible. It is essential that any complaints and or problems are notified to us at the time so that the matter may be addressed at the earliest opportunity.