Tribal Festivities, Hornbill Festival, Nagaland

India: Passage To The North East - Nagaland

14 November to 5 December 2018

The highlight of this Journey will be your encounter with all seventeen Naga tribes united for one massive extravaganza—the Hornbill Festival, which aims to revive and protect the rich traditions of the Naga tribes. Your eyes and cameras will capture the splashes of mesmerizing colour and the exuberant atmosphere of this visual feast.

Zen Oriental Journeys appoints tour managers and leaders who have significant experience in management at senior levels and are experienced in professional tour leadership. "Passage to the North East" will be led from Australia by Ruth Flaherty, an experienced Arts educator and currently an Academic Tutor, Flinders University’s Faculty of Education. Ruth specialised in textiles and design at the SA School of Art. Her thesis explored ‘Three Dimensional textiles’ and she has taught textile art at TAFE SA and in schools. Her textile work has been exhibited in many exhibitions including RSASA, SALA and the exclusive fibre and textiles exhibition 'Stranded'. Ruth also holds a M.Ed. (Studies of Asia) and has been a tour manager for many Asian and European tours. In the North East you will also have a local guide throughout, and in many places we have invited a village leader to accompany you into remote tribal areas. For educators, this tour may be tax deductible, but it is open to anyone desiring to embrace "Amazing India".

What are they saying about Zen Oriental Journeys to India?

This is seriously a brilliant trip. Every day is packed full of extraordinary visits. We just go from one amazing experience to another. I am in heaven and so thankful I came. The word is spreading on facebook. So many asking who we are touring with. We have a minor problem. How will we get our gear on the plane? We have all purchased the most beautiful pieces but it is meeting with the people that is just sooo special. Loving every second. Wish you could be here. Thanks for all your hard work. (Touched by the Gods: The Gujarati Legacy, March/April 2017)

Firstly a formal thank you to Lee for organizing the holiday of a lifetime. I have been lucky enough to experience some amazing holidays/journeys in my life, but I think the Rajasthan tour tops all. (Rajasthan Journey, January 2017)

We would also like to send a huge thank you to Lee whose superb knowledge, communication and meticulous attention to detail allowed us all to experience such an amazing trip in a multifaceted and fascinating country. We have learnt so much about India! (Rajasthan Journey, January 2017)

You will see by the itinerary that these are no ordinary tours. Lee has a culture and arts focus and looks for the roads less travelled. He likes to keep his tours small so there is space for everyone. I liken it to Business Class Travel…once you have experienced it there is no going back! We absolutely loved our tour of Gujarat with Lee and put it up there as one of the best adventures we have been on. It will be Zen Oriental Tours for our Asia trips from now on.

Departure date: 14 November 2018
Duration: 21 days
Hotel Standards: Best available in remote areas


Price per person twin share (Land only): AUD 5347.00
Single Supplement: AUD 1703.00
Airfare ex Adelaide: from approx. AUD 1100.00 (other capitals by arrangement).
Zen Oriental Journeys will provide advice re "early bird" airfares as soon as they become available.


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Bookings will be processed in order of receipt. Any bookings after this date will be accepted subject to visa processing, flight availability, land content and room availability. Such booking must be paid in full after confirmation of your acceptance in the tour. Special conditions and additional charges to airfares and package prices may apply depending on date of booking.

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