This Diwali Head For The Amur Falcon Conservation Week and Festival in Nagaland
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’.