Landscape Photography, Astro Photography, Travel Photography and People and Culture Photography, Tribal Photography Tour North East India, Assam and Nagaland

This tour has a great mix of everything - wildlife photography, people and culture photography, and then festival photography.

Kaziranga is home to one-horned Rhinos and people come here from all over the world to see them. After spending a morning in Kaziranga, we go to Majuli.

The place is so beautiful and the lovely inhabitants of this island (the largest river island on a river in the world) will make your tour worthwhile. There is so much to see and do in Majuli that you would always want to come back for more.

After spending a night in Majuli, we drive to the Hornbill festival in Nagaland. This is the only festival in Nagaland where all the tribes from all over Nagaland come here and participate in cultural activities. 

As it is organized by the Department of Tourism, it is a bit polished and not raw as these people actually are, but again the only place where you will see all the tribes in one place. 

If you want to see the raw festival in Nagaland, you should attend the Aoling Festival.

You may find the details here.

Day 1: Land in Guwahati, Kaziranga

  • Morning:

    • Arrive at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati.
    • Meet your local guide and driver.
    • Proceed towards Kaziranga National Park.
    • Enjoy a scenic drive through Assam's countryside.
  • Afternoon:

    • Check-in at your pre-booked resort in Kaziranga.
    • Relax and freshen up after your journey.
    • Have lunch at the resort's restaurant.
  • Evening:

    • Take a leisurely stroll around the resort's premises.
    • Enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings.
    • Dinner at the resort.

Day 2: Kaziranga to Majuli

  • Morning:

    • Early morning safari at Kaziranga National Park to spot rhinos, elephants, and other wildlife.(Govt run elephant safari tickets are subjected to availability and cannot be booked in advance).
    • Return to the resort for breakfast.
  • Late Morning:

    • Check-out from the resort.
    • Depart for Nimati Ghat.
  • Afternoon:

    • Board the ferry to Majuli, the world's largest river island.
    • Arrive in Majuli and check-in at your accommodation.
    • Enjoy a traditional Assamese lunch.
  • Evening:

    • Explore the local village and interact with the friendly villagers.
    • Witness a cultural performance showcasing Assamese traditions.
    • Dinner featuring local cuisine.

Day 3: Full Day in Majuli

  • Morning:

    • After breakfast, visit the Satras, unique Vaishnavite monasteries of Majuli.
    • Learn about the spiritual and cultural significance of these institutions.
  • Late Morning:

    • Visit the Mask Making Village to witness the creation of traditional masks.
    • Participate in a mask-making workshop.
  • Afternoon:

    • Enjoy lunch at a local eatery, savoring Assamese delicacies.
    • Visit the satras to see the lives of the monks.
  • Evening:

    • Explore the tribal villages during sunset.
    • Return to your accommodation for dinner.

Day 4: Majuli to Kohima

  • Morning:

    • Check-out from your accommodation in Majuli.
    • Proceed to Nimati Ghat by ferry.
  • Late Morning:

    • Drive to Kisama via Kohima.
  • Afternoon:

    • Check-in at your hotel in Kohima.
  • Evening:

    • Rest and freshen up.
    • Enjoy a warm dinner at the hotel.

Day 5: Full Day at Hornbill Festival

  • Morning:

    • Have an early breakfast.
    • Head to the Naga Heritage Village Kisama for the Hornbill Festival.
    • Immerse yourself in Naga culture, art, and traditions.
  • Afternoon:

    • Savor traditional Naga dishes at the food stalls.
    • Witness various cultural performances and indigenous games.
  • Evening:

    • Enjoy a festive atmosphere with the illuminated village.
    • Return to the hotel and relax.

Day 6: Full Day at Hornbill Festival

  • Morning:

    • After breakfast, return to the Hornbill Festival.
    • Attend workshops showcasing Naga crafts, music, and dance.
  • Afternoon:

    • Join in the traditional Naga dance and music performances.
    • Explore the marketplace for unique handicrafts and souvenirs.
  • Evening:

    • Attend the cultural gala and musical performances.
    • Capture the vibrant atmosphere through photography.

Day 7: Khonoma & Dzuleke

  • Morning:

    • Depart for the picturesque village of Khonoma, known for its conservation efforts.
    • Explore the village's lush terraced fields and learn about its eco-friendly practices.
  • Late Morning:

    • Continue to Dzuleke, a community-based ecotourism destination.
    • Participate in local activities and interact with the villagers.
  • Afternoon:

    • Enjoy a traditional Naga lunch with the villagers.
    • Embark on a guided trek to explore the surrounding landscapes.
  • Evening:

    • Return to Kohima and rest at the hotel.
    • Reflect on the day's cultural experiences.

Day 8: Kohima - Dimapur

  • Morning:

    • Check-out from your hotel in Kohima and drive to airport. You may take any flight at or after 2pm

    This detailed itinerary is designed to provide you with a comprehensive and enriching experience of the Northeastern region of India. It includes a mix of cultural immersion, wildlife exploration, traditional festivities, and interaction with local communities. Make sure to adapt the schedule according to any unforeseen circumstances and enjoy your journey through this unique and captivating part of India.


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The Hornbill Festival: Celebrating Nagaland's Vibrant Culture and Diversity

The Hornbill Festival in Nagaland stands as a vibrant celebration of the region's cultural diversity. Learn about this annual event's significance, attractions, and the unique experiences it offers.

Significance of the Hornbill Festival

The Hornbill Festival, named after the revered hornbill bird, is a remarkable showcase of Nagaland's 16 major tribes. It promotes inter-tribal harmony and preserves Naga heritage, highlighting the rich cultural tapestry of the region.

Captivating Attractions

  1. Cultural Extravaganza: Witness captivating cultural performances as tribes showcase their traditional dances and rituals, passing down ancient stories and beliefs to younger generations.

  2. Indigenous Crafts: Explore intricate tribal handicrafts, textiles, and jewelry, reflecting the tribes' artistic prowess and creativity.

  3. Culinary Delights: Indulge in Naga cuisine's distinctive flavors, from bamboo shoot dishes to smoked pork, gaining insights into the region's culinary traditions.

  4. Traditional Games: Immerse yourself in traditional Naga games and sports, showcasing the tribes' community bonds and competitive spirit.

  5. Naga Morungs: Interact with tribal members, learn about their daily lives, and engage in conversations within the recreated Naga tribal villages.

  6. Folk Tales and Legends: Delve into captivating folk tales and legends, gaining insights into the Nagas' oral history and cultural beliefs.

Preserving Tradition in a Modern Era

Amidst modernization, the Hornbill Festival stands as a vital pillar in preserving and celebrating Nagaland's indigenous cultures, instilling pride in younger generations.

Explore the Hornbill Festival to witness Nagaland's vibrant heritage, cultural performances, indigenous crafts, and culinary delights. Join us in celebrating the rich traditions that define this captivating region.

Experience the Hornbill Festival's Splendor

Discover the Hornbill Festival's magic - a celebration that brings together Nagaland's tribes to showcase their vibrant heritage. Immerse yourself in cultural performances, explore indigenous crafts, savor Naga cuisine, and relive traditional games. Join us in cherishing Nagaland's diverse traditions!

Note:  If you want a customized tour anywhere in India focused on Photography, I will be happy to organise it for you. 

Itinerary -

Day 1
Friday, November 29, 2024
Arrive at Guwahati by 12pm and travel to Kaziranga for the one-horned rhinos.
Day 2
Saturday, November 30, 2024
Morning visit to Kaziranga National Park and travel to Majuli (the largest island on river in the world)
Day 3
Sunday, December 01, 2024
Full day at Majuli. Visit the Vaishnav Monasteries (Satras) and walk in the villages meeting the various tribes.
Day 4
Monday, December 02, 2024
Majuli to Kisama
Day 5
Tuesday, December 03, 2024
Full-Day at Hornbill Festival
Day 6
Wednesday, December 04, 2024
Full-Day at Hornbill Festival
Day 7
Thursday, December 05, 2024
Khonoma & Dzuleke
Day 8
Friday, December 06, 2024
Drop at Dimapur Airport

Cost: Rs.INR 75000
Only 7 participants on first come first serve basis.

Cost includes

1) Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis in basic, clean hotels / homestays. Single accommodation can be arranged on request.
2) All meals (ie.breakfast, lunch and dinner) from Day 1 afternoon to Day 10 morning
3) Surface transfers as per Itinerary
4) Inner liner Permits, Entry fees, Taxes, Parking & Toll
5) Expert photography advice by Ssaurabh A Chatterjee, review of pictures whenever time permits.

Cost does not include

1) Travel to Guwahati and return travel from Dimapur to your location.
2) Bottled Water, additional food or beverages ordered; tips, etc.

Payment Policy

Rs. 20000/- booking amount.
Rest 45 days before the date of the tour.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation costs us too.

As people generally plan in advance, it becomes impossible for us to fill the seats last moment. So, if you cancel, the seat goes vacant. Also, in most places, we have to book well in advance due to the limited choices. 

So, please book your tour only if you are sure.

Refund Policy

60 days to 45 days prior to departure of the tour, 20% of the total tour cost is non-refundable.
40 days to 15 days prior to departure of the tour 50% of the total tour cost is non-refundable.
14 days to 07 days prior to departure of the tour 75% of the total tour cost is non-refundable.
07 days or less prior to departure of the tour 100% of the total tour cost is non-refundable.

There will be no refund for no shows.

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PICTURES FROM North East India - Hornbill Festival Nagaland Photography Tour Dec 2024


1. Do I need to be physically fit to join this trip?

We will be traveling by SUVs. However, we will walk occasionally around the villages, but these are all very gentle walks. 

2. Is this trip only for Photographers?

No, anyone can join. We will spend a lot of time taking some great pictures though. I'm sure everyone loves doing that. We have had non-photographers on our previous trips and they enjoy it as much.

3. I have no knowledge of Photography. Will I get some help?

Yes, absolutely. Saurabh will be assisting you whenever you have doubts and ask for help. He will help you with how to take some great pictures. So, you will learn while having fun on the go.

However, if you are very new to Photography, it will be a good idea to come prepared. You can join my Zero to Hero online course to get an in-depth understanding of the concepts from Basics to Advanced.
If you have any questions during the tour, i will be happy to answer.

4. I don't have a camera. Can I get a camera or lenses for rent?

Yes, Cameras / Lenses can be arranged based on availability.

5. How do I reach Guwahati?

Guwahati is well connected by air and railways.

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