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Nagaland (Land of Festivals : Day 0)

The state of Nagaland is just next door to my native state (Assam) – tucked away from ‘mainland’ Indian territory closer to the country of Myanmar) However it has been relatively unknown territory for me as I have only passed its commercial capital Dimapur couple of times before on the train from Guwahati to Jorhat (tea town of Assam and place of my maternal relatives). There has been a long ‘head-hunting’ tradition among the tribes of Nagaland but this practice has been banned for sometime. Also this state has a long history of a bitter ‘separatist’ movement  which of course has been witnessed in many other parts of India. However, I would prefer not to go ‘political’ here and would rather want to concentrate on one of the most photogenic tribal festivals ever in India (and maybe the world!) – The Hornbill festival and also on the beautiful hill city of Kohima. The Hornbill Festival has been organized in Kisama Heritage Village (some 10-15 km away from Kohima town) for more than a decade. The main …