Charming homestays or luxury tents, just take your pick
The legendary Hornbill Festival is coming up. To be held from December 1-10, it’s one of the premier cultural festivals in the country. We’ve compiled a list of 5 great places to stay while you’re attending the festival. From charming homestays to luxury tents, we’ve got them all. So read on and book your stay soon!
Greenwood Villa, Kigwema Village
Greenwood Villa (www.explorenagaland.com/homestays-2/greenwood-villa-homestay/ )is a pretty little homestay located at a stone’s throw away from the festival venue. This makes it perfect for travellers who prefer to stay outside the city and just attend the festival. Surrounded by pine trees and flower gardens, this pretty home has 3 bedrooms with attached toilets and balconies, and a large dining area. Meals are available on request and breakfast is served in the balcony. Nino Zhasa, the owner, can even arrange local guides for treks around the area.
Address: Near Dimori Cove, Kohima, Kigwema, Nagaland 797005
Phone: +91 90898 01821
Tariff: On request
Razhu Pru, Kohima
Nearly 70 years old, the heritage bungalow Razhu Phu (razhupru.com) in Kohima has an interesting history. It once functioned as a meeting-place for Naga revolutionaries but was converted in to a heritage home stay in 2007. Wooden floors, fire-places, an attic and walls bedecked with traditional Naga paraphernalia. An excellent option for travelers who seek a more personalized experience, this 9 bedroom bungalow with WiFi, home-cooked meals, airport pickup and drop services, promises to be a home away from home.
Address: Opposite Baptist Higher Secondary School, Mission Compound, Kohima, Nagaland 797001
Phone: 0370 229 0291
Unique Modern Village Apartment, Airbnb, Kohima Village
If posh is your thing, then the Unique Modern Village Apartment (airbnb.co.in/rooms/15625909) in the heart of Kohima Village is your best bet. A luxury apartment with 2 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a kitchen boasts of all modern amenities including a private chauffeur on request. It’s perfect for those who want to experience the charms of village life without leaving the comforts of modern living. The owner can also arrange for a guide for further travels in the state.
Tariff: ₹12,000 per night
India Trails Camp, Kigwema Village
Nothing can be better than camping under the stars when you’re in a place as pretty as Nagaland. India Trails (indiatrail.org) have arranged a camping site exclusively for festival goers at a walking distance from the venue. Available every night from November 28 to December 11, 2016, it comes at a reasonable price and even has bonfires at the campsite every night to help you get into the festive mode. Breakfast and dinner can be arranged and you can buy a sleeping bag for Rs.300 a night or even bring your own. Make sure you call them before you buy one though. They will suggest the best one for you according to weather conditions.
Tariff: ₹750 per night
TUTC’s Kohima Camp
Located in the Angami-dominated and heavily forested region of Nagaland, TUTC’S luxury camp (tutc.com/kohima-camp-nagaland) is spread over an expansive 6 acres. The tents come with opulent interiors inspired by the colonial era along with a personalised butler service and campfires at night with delicious spreads prepared by a skillful chef. This camp is a great option for those who want to experience the tribal way of life in the lap of luxury. There are a host of options from a 2N/3D package to a 5N/6D package.
Tariff: From ₹2,14,600 to ₹5,64,250