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Highlights of Hornbill Festival 2019 second day

Highlights of Hornbill Festival 2019 second day
Correspondent KOHIMA, Dec 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/2/2019 11:58:44 AM IST

Following are the highlights of the second day of the 20th Hornbill Festival 2019 at Naga Heritage Village Kisama on Monday. 

Besides cultural performances by various Naga tribes, the second day also witnessed many activities including Kids Carnival, sporting activities, World War II rally, etc.    

Meanwhile, JK Dairy White Magik Dairy Creamer is serving complimentary tea and coffee at Kisama (Naga Organic Pavilion) and Kohima (Night Bazaar, Traders Road, Near Razhu Point) as part of Hornbill Festival.

Feedback and suggestions by Tourists

Despite efforts by the State government agencies concerned, many tourists visiting the 20th Hornbill Festival continued to face several problems.

Speaking to Nagaland Post, one tourist lamented that the billboards and pamphlets had not been of much help in providing detail information and direction to venues for various events. Citing an instance, he said he was desperately searching for the starting venue of World War II rally, but could not find it. He claimed to have enquired with the tourist police, but even they too feigned ignorance about the event. And after a long hassle of asking people around, he found himself at the war cemetery that was empty. 

Having no other option, he had to go to Kisama, only to find that the rally was over. He suggested that small direction boards be included in the billboards, booklets and website.

Another tourist suggested that a separated  smoking zone be kept for the smokers as he had seen few people smoking publicly, adding they had looked for smoking zones, which were not available. 

Another wanted to know why Rs 10 was charged for toilets for every use, pointing out that spending Rs 40 to Rs 50 per day for toilet made no sense.  

But overall, many tourists expressed happiness and satisfaction at the 20th Hornbill  Festival. One tourist informed this correspondent that he was overwhelmed with the help he got  from the tourist department and police personnel. 

He explained that he had forgotten to apply for ILP and reached Dimapur on Saturday night. He then approached few police personnel, who contacted the tourist department and the latter opened its office just for him after 8 pm and helped him get the ILP and reach the festival on time.

Tourists narrate their Hornbill experiences

Despite efforts by the State government agencies concerned, many tourists visiting the 20th Hornbill Festival continue to face several problems.

Speaking to Nagaland Post, one tourist lamented that the billboards and pamphlets had not been of much help in providing detailed information and direction to venues for various events. Citing an instance, the tourist revealed that he had been desperately searching for the starting venue of World War II rally, but could not find it. He claimed that he had enquired with the tourist police, but even they too expressed  ignorance about the event. Only after a long hassle of asking people around, the tourist said he found himself in the war cemetery which was empty and the wrong place.  

Left with no other option, the tourist said he finally managed to reach Kisama,the venue but  only to find that the rally was over. Feeling quite dejected with his bitter experience, the tourist felt that in future  small direction boards be included in the billboards, booklets and website.

Another tourist suggested that a separated  smoking zone be kept for the smokers as he had seen few people smoking publicly. He said some of the tourists had looked for smoking zones but they were not available. 

Another tourist wanted to know the rationale behind the fee of  Rs 10  charged for every use. He said that visitors had to spend as much as  Rs 40 to Rs 50 per day for use of toilet which he said, made no sense.  

However,  overall, many tourists were quite happy and satisfied with the 20th Hornbill  Festival. One tourist informed this correspondent that he was overwhelmed with the help he got  from the tourist department and police personnel. He explained that when he arrived Dimapur Saturday night, he had forgotten to apply for ILP.  He then approached  police  , who contacted the tourist department and the latter opened its office just for him after 8 pm in order to provide him  the ILP so as to arrive Kisama to be on time for the Hornbill Festival. (Correspondent)

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