For those who’re excited about the on-going NH7 Weekender in Shillong or the up-coming Hornbill Festival in Nagaland in December, there’s more good news. If you’re somebody who just needs a reason to run to the Northeast, here’s a good one. Nagaland’s wildlife conservation festival called the Amur Falcon Conservation Week and Festival is happening in Wokha from 8 – 10 November. And it’s a great time for those who wish to get away from all the Diwali madness in search of some peace and quiet.
A heady mix of culture and adventure, the Amur Falcon Festival is testimony to the fact that Nagaland has come a long way in terms of being conscious about conserving nature and wildlife. Earlier the same people would hunt the migratory birds for their meat; while since the last four years, they’ve been celebrating them.
The graceful Amur falcons travel roughly 22,000 km per year from South Eastern Siberia and Northern China to Somalia, Kenya and South Africa. But before reaching their final destinations, they roost in Nagaland along with few other parts of northeast India. The congregation of a million of these birds in the Wokha district of Nagaland has earned the state the title ‘Falcon Capital of the World’.
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The main objective behind the three-day festival is to spread awareness on the importance of wildlife conservation as well as highlight the need to understand the man-nature relationship better. Such a great cause is accompanied by a plethora of fun activities like the screening of conservation-related movies, nature treks, camping, trekking, cross-country race, birdwatching, nature photography exhibition, painting competition plus cultural activities like greased bamboo pole climbing, fire making, traditional dance and music and exhibitions of indigenous arts, crafts, handicrafts and handlooms. There’s also going to be lots of food and food contests to make the festival complete.
The festival will also help boost eco-tourism by generating revenue for home-stays, local guides, adventure sports and different kinds of workshops. Dimapur is the nearest airport to Wokha district of Nagaland, and travelling here is hardly a hassle.