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Hornbill Festival 2019 to be held on Dec 1-10, Nagaland issues travel advisory
Updated: Nov 7, 2019, 05:17 GMT-0530 | Editor

By Special Correspondent | Kohima | Nov 7

The Hornbill Festival 2019 of Nagaland will be celebrated on December 1-10 at the Naga Heritage Village near Kohima, and the Nagaland Tourist Police (NTP) has issued travel tips to visitors to the festival.

The 10-day Hornbill Festival is one of the biggest festivals not only in Nagaland but also in the Northeast India region. The venue – Naga Heritage Village – is about 12 km from the capital town Kohima. The festival, which is a yearly event has grown popular and thousands from across the country come to attend the festival and visit the state every year.

In view of the increasing tourists and visitors to the state for the festival and to ensure safety arrangements and to prevent lapses, the Nagaland Tourist Police has issued strict travel tips. Here is a list of do’s and don’ts issued by the NTP:

Tourists must not share travel information in public

Do not visit isolated places without proper guide.

Do not hire cabs with no number plates

Pay the cab driver only after reaching the desired destination.

Avoid middle man or touts for any kind of tourist services.

Avoid writing your telephone number and home address on the luggage.

Don’t wear name tags in public, and if you are in any kind of business trip, remove your tag while leaving the hotel or conference room.

Look after your luggage until it is checked or deposited in the hotel’s safe.

Carry driving license, passport, credit cards, and other personal documents in separate handbags.

Carry a small flashlight, first aid kit and medicine prescription with you but avoid carrying many credit cards

Avoid eating outside and taking any edible items from strangers.

Drink boiled water, and check the seal and date of packaging.

Use stairs if a fire is detected. Beware of staged road accidents, which might catch you off-guard.

Keep your hotel reception or friends informed about your whereabouts, so that you can call them in case of any emergencies.

Research and check about local weather, so that you wear clothes accordingly.

Maintain cleanliness and hygiene, especially in ecologically sensitive areas.

Respect local culture and tradition.

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