Number of visitors at the ongoing 23rd edition of Hornbill Festival at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama increased to 11,569 on the seventh day Wednesday.
Although the number of visitors slightly increased, the number of foreigners has been decreasing gradually with only 61 visiting the festival today.
However, the number of domestic visitors increased to 4629 while local visitors remained at 6879.
Altogether 66,133 tourists visited the Naga Heritage village Kisama till Monday. The total included 44,382 locals, 21,049 domestic tourists and 702 foreigners.
Tourists dismayed to witness empty Morungs: Several tourists have expressed disappointment over non-participation of the cultural troupes from Eastern Nagaland, as for many it was their primary reason to attend the Hornbill Festival and witness colourful tribe from the region.
A tourist from Mumbai said they had come all the way with high expectations to witness the colourful tribe from the Eastern region but was disappointed to learn about their non-participation this year.
While admiring and praising the cultural troupes participating at the Hornbill Festival, the tourist however wished to see all the Morungs filled with the cultural troupes and celebrate the festival with pomp and gaiety in future.
A 36-year-old French tourist, Pier, motovlogger (Ride With Frenchy on YouTube), while sharing his experience about the Hornbill festival, said he was disappointed by the road condition. Pier said he had not come across such road condition during his whole ride expedition across India and stated that it was a “let down.”
His friend, Pablo (21) from Columbia, was all praises for the “Naga hospitality” and the rich cultural display by various tribes. The only concern he raised was about coming across some people driving under the influence.
Garo cultural troupe express dismay
The Garo cultural troupe expressed dismay that they were not included in the opening programme of the 23 Hornbill Festival, inaugurated by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar.
Team leader of the Garo cultural troupe, Cliff Sangma said that the Garo tribe was very much part of Nagaland.
He also pointed out that Garo tribe was not featured in the brochure during the past Hornbill Festival. However, after much persuasion the tribe was finally included, he said and hoped that such “stepmotherly treatment” should be meted out in the future.