Northeast States


Top ChoiceCultural in Kohima

Hornbill Festival

Nagaland’s biggest annual jamboree, the Hornbill Festival is celebrated at the Naga Heritage Village, 10km south of Kohima. Naga tribes converge for a 10-day cultural, dance and sporting bash, much of it in full...

Cultural in Imphal

Sangai Festival

The colourful 10-day Sangai Festival shows off Manipuri dance, music, crafts, sports, food and adventure activities with events at various venues in and around Imphal.

Cultural in Assam

Rongali Bihu

The Assamese New Year festivities last for three days (usually around 15 April) and feature traditional food, lively folk music, group dances, the ceremonial bathing of cows and bullocks, and general merriment...

Religious in Majuli Island

Raas Leela

Chanting, masked dances and lively drama recitals take place at satras during this popular celebration honouring the birth, life and feats of Krishna, on the night of the November full moon and the following two...

Religious in Shillong


The self-proclaimed Khasi cultural centre, Smit village hosts the five-day Nongkrem Festival featuring goat sacrifices and a slow-motion dance performed by women and men in full ethnic dress in front of the...

Cultural in Manipur

Shirui Lily Festival

The tourism-oriented Shirui Lily Festival, held in Ukhrul for four or five days, features colourful Tangkhul Naga games, music, dance, martial arts, food, rock concerts and activities like mountain biking and, of...

Cultural in Mizoram

Chapchar Kut

This festival with colourful traditional dances and songs is held statewide to celebrate the onset of spring and the end of the long process of debris-clearing from jhum (traditional slash-and-burn...

Religious in Manipur

Kang Chingba

This energetic chariot festival coincides with the height of the monsoon season and is dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna. The main events focus on Imphal's Shro Govindaji Mandir, but other Meitei communities...

Religious in Tawang Valley


Torgya, starting on the 28th day of the 11th lunar month (usually late January), is a ritual chasing-away of evil spirits, and features three days of spectacular masked chaam dances in the courtyard of Tawang Gompa.

Religious in Tawang Valley


Festivities for the dazzling Tibetan New Year festival embrace community prayer sessions, sports like archery and colourful folk dances – including the Senge Cham, which features green-and-white dancing snow lions.

Music in Ziro Valley

Ziro Music Festival

Over a four-day weekend in (usually) late September, Ziro is invaded by several thousand music lovers. Headliners include top indie bands from across the country, plus some northeastern folk groups during the day.

Religious in Pasighat


In early September Pasighat hosts the interesting Adi festival of Solung, marked by rituals performed to seek agricultural prosperity and protection from evil spirits.

Cultural in Tawang Valley

Tawang Festival

A four-day tourism-oriented celebration of Arunachal cultures in late October, with folk and monastic dances, music concerts, marathon-running and plenty more.

Cultural in Northeast States


Lamp lighting, firework displays, worship of the Hindu goddess Kali and general good humour take over Hindu areas in the region for four or five days.

Religious in Northeast States

Durga Puja

The region’s biggest Hindu festival, centred on worship of the goddess Durga, is celebrated over four or five days in several Hindu-majority areas.

Religious in Guwahati

Ambubachi Mela

The huge Ambubachi Mela takes place over four days at the Kamakhya Mandir to mark the mother goddess’ annual menstruation. The temple is closed for the first three days to let her menstruate in private, then...

Sports in Mechuka


For three days in November, adventure sport lovers assemble in Mechuka for paragliding, mountain biking, rock climbing, rafting, archery, hiking and nocturnal river-island parties, while local people take the...

Cultural in Garo & Jaintia Hills

100 Drums Wangala Festival

A good time to be in the Garo Hills is when the four-day Wangala festival takes place at Asanang, about 20km north of Tura. This harvest festival, usually in the second week of November, is renowned for its...

Cultural in Bomdila

Buddha Mahotsava

This three-day cultural and sports festival, held over a weekend in early November, showcases the area's varied tribal cultures.