We are here and happy to answer your questions about your travel to Nagaland. You will also receive pre-departure information from us when you book.
More than 5,000 travelers have already traveled with us and our partners, so we have a good idea about the common questions that get asked. We have addressed these below. If you have any more, do let us know!
Absolutely! Our packages can serve as inspiration for you to build your ultimate travel experience. These itineraries are based on our own expertise, destination experience and traveler favorites! You can choose a trip exactly as it appears on our website, or tailor it further to meet your schedule, interests, and budget with one of our expert Travel Consultants.
Airfares are not included, because we have found that travelers often prefer to arrange their own flights using frequent-flyer miles or other means. However, if you would like someone to arrange your flights or make suggestions on the best routes and timings then we are happy to point you in the right direction.
Our trips usually include all services from the moment your plane arrives at your destination, where a representative will be awaiting your arrival. All accommodation, transfers, regional and local transportation, specified meals as well as activities (with the exclusion of Optional Experiences) are included in the price.
We are happy to support you in arranging the necessary visa for your travel, but it is usually necessary for travelers to arrange them on their own.
Indian residents require an Inner Line Permit to travel into Nagaland. More information on Inner Line Permit can be found here – https://ilp.nagaland.gov.in
Please talk to your Travel Consultant about visa and Inner Line Permit requirements and any related questions you may have.
We always recommend packing as light as possible however the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling. Our What to Pack page includes a suggested packing list.
It’s important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic. We are no substitute for a personal consultation with a qualified medical professional.
We keep our group sizes low so you have the freedom to move around and get involved with your surroundings, as well as more personal attention from our local guides. This intimate size ensures that your group will not crowd your experience. You can expect a maximum of 12 travelers on a trip.
To travel independently you must be at least 18 years of age. There are no upper age limits for most of our tours. Also, travellers with pre-existing medical conditions are required to complete a medical questionnaire. Our Tours are open to children aged 12 years or older when accompanied by a parent (max. two children per adult).
This is the beauty of the Wander style of travel: many of our travelers join because they are traveling solo and want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people.
Most of our trips do not have a single supplement. This means that the accommodation is on a twin share basis and, if you are travelling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another traveler of the same sex. Some tours have an optional single supplement or rarely a mandatory single supplement.
An optional service that may be available is called “My Own Room”. This service allows solo travellers to request their own private room while on tour. The cost and the details vary by trip, so please refer to each trip summary page for details.
You can book pre and post accommodation on a single basis; however, most tour rooming is organised on a twin-share basis. Some trips do have a single supplement available – check a tour’s overview page on our website to see whether a single supplement is offered. If so, please select this as an extra time of booking.
Starting and ending hotels are listed on the tour page of our website and in the Travel Details document. We use a variety of hotels en-route and so a complete list of hotels won’t be provided until day 1 of your tour. If your family requires contact information, or in case of emergency, please have them phone+61 402 935 410.
It’s extremely difficult if not impossible to join a tour after it has begun. It is possible to leave a tour early however you will be responsible for your own arrangements from the moment you decide to leave the tour. You would also be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary please consult you Travel Consultant before you book your adventure.
Most of our tours include airport transfers. Simply select your airport in the pick up location selection when booking your trip. If for some reason your tour does not include airport transfers and you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer we would be happy to arrange this for you at an additional cost.
We understand that local cuisine is an important aspect of your trip and everybody has different tastes! We have also found that many travelers enjoy the spontaneity of discovering restaurants on their own. As a result, we intentionally do not include all meals in the itinerary.
We will usually include breakfast on all days and occasional lunches and dinners. On village tours, all meals are typically included as you will be in remote areas without restaurant alternatives. Your final itinerary will indicate what meals are included in your journey.
In most cases, yes. We use knowledgeable local guides who are residents of the area they are showing you. They are experts and can be trusted to give you the best experience possible. They know where best to take you for sightseeing and the most stunning views, which restaurants to recommend, and at what time to visit a popular attraction to avoid the crowds.
You will usually have the same guide throughout your trip. You can count on the guides to always be friendly, professional, and knowledgeable.
All ground transportative comes with a private vehicle and driver. As with many developing areas, roads in Nagaland are known for their roughness. For this reason we have chosen the most comfortable people movers available to us – the Toyota Innova. Our drivers are highly experienced and will provide you with the most comfortable ground transportation service possible.
For privacy reasons we cannot provide you with advance details on your traveling companions. However, our tours appeal to a wide range of travellers, most of whom share an adventurous spirit and a desire to experience these destinations at a grass-roots level. Our tours are conducted in English and so they attract many travellers from North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Yes, in most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels.. Please contact your Travel Consultant for price information. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.
Tipping has not been historically a part of Naga culture and as Nagaland is newly exposed to the wider world there are no expectations for tips and in many cases no awareness of tipping culture. Tips are not included in the tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion.
While we can’t tell you who your Guide is prior to departure, we can tell you they will be friendly, local, experienced and well trained. Our Guides are experts in their regions, some because they grew up there and have been guiding for years
Please make sure you are happy with your group travel itinerary before booking because we are unable to change them for individual travellers. However, if you and a group of friends, colleagues or even your school would like your own personally designed itinerary, get in contact with our very talented Travel Consultants; they can tailor an itinerary just for you.
We will try our very hardest to accommodate all dietary requirements but in some out-of-the-way places it can be very difficult to guarantee. We will let you know if there are places on your itinerary where this is the case. Please let us know through the Traveler Details form any food requirements or allergies and we’ll pass the information onto your Guide. I
Food is one of the most exciting parts of travel. There may be some familiar fare but often you’ll be confronted with the new, interesting and downright weird of the culinary world but we like to think of it as an adventure for all the senses. In addition to this, our flexible itineraries often allow you to eat with the group or branch out on your own – this means you can eat to suit any budget or desire.
It is recommended that you do not drink the local tap water. You may bring your own water bottle to fill up on filtered water. Plastic bottled water is not included as part of the tour package due to the waste created by disposable plastic bottles.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all Intrepid travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. You must provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip; you will not be able to join the trip without it.
At a minimum, your travel insurance should be ‘comprehensive’, providing cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum coverage of US$200,000. We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
The safety of our passengers, leaders and operators is a major priority for us. With this in mind, we monitor events very closely and we makes operational decisions based on informed advice from a number of sources. If high levels of instability is detected Wander Nagaland will either cancel the tour reroute the itinerary to avoid the areas concerned. Visit [hyperlink Is Nagaland safe to travel”] for further details.
While we take all the precautions we can to make sure your belongings are safe, we are travelling to some exciting destinations that are sometimes home to some pretty skilled thieves. Travel insurance is a must and a lockable bag or money belt will always help too.
We recommend having access to money from a variety of sources – cash, cards and travel money cards are all commonly used.
Availability of refrigeration cannot be guaranteed. As a general rule, many of our town hotels provide access to small fridges; however, outside of this, especially when trekking or in homestay environments, you cannot rely on access to refrigeration. Please be sure to advise Wander Nagaland if you are travelling with medication that requires refrigeration.
Our Guides are trained to deal with these situations and we will endeavour to get you help as quickly as possible. If you must leave the trip early due to illness, our local offices will help you find appropriate medical care and ensure someone at home is aware of the situation. We will do whatever we can to get you home or on your onward journey. Your travel insurance, which is compulsory on all our trips, should cover any costs incurred if illness occurs.
Travellers’ cheques are not common practice anymore so it is a good idea to travel with a credit card and ATM card, or a bank issued ‘cash card’ specifically for travel. Having a couple of options will assure that you are covered if one doesn’t work. In certain areas it comes down to potluck if you can withdraw money. One day it’ll work, the next it won’t, but it will work for your friend… Go figure! Visa cards are more widely accepted than Mastercard.
Most starting point hotels can store your excess luggage for you; however, this is at your own risk. Often a nominal fee is charged for this service. Of course, this is only an advantage if your trip is circular (i.e. returning to the same starting point).
We sleeping bags for all overnight camping tours. When we use homestays, blankets are provided but some travellers feel more comfortable with their own sleeping bag or sleep sheet. This decision is a personal preference.
On a more physical trip, hiking boots are definitely recommended. Wander treks may be hiking in near freezing environments so please be sure to research the climate and weather conditions at the time of year you will be trekking and pack accordingly.
It’s important that you always travel with your current passport, visas, travel insurance and Intrepid documentation. For more information see our What to pack guide [hyperlink].
Check-in times can vary from hotel to hotel and region to region. Generally, they are between midday and 2pm. If you do arrive earlier, you’ll be able to store your luggage with the hotel and head out to explore for a couple of hours.
We can’t confirm an early check-ins, but your travel consultant can assist in booking you a night of accommodation at the same hotel. If you don’t wish to pay for the extra night, you can try your luck locally (they may let you in early if the room is free) or you can store your luggage.
Absolutely. If there are included or optional activities that you don’t wish to participate in, you can do your own thing instead. The exception to this is when we are trekking or travelling from one destination to the next. Please note that if you choose to opt out of an included activity, no reimbursement can be made by Wander Nagaland.
Intrepid has treks ranging from relatively easy to demanding. The easiest way to determine if a trek is right for you is to check the difficulty level of the trip (this can be found on our website on the tour overview page).
The beauty of travelling with Wander Nagaland is that we encourage travellers to explore at their own pace. When you get to a destination, your Guide will offer options on what you can do. Some of the group will do one activity, others will opt for something completely different while others may just choose to lie in a hammock and read a book.
If you know in advance that you will be arriving late, please let your Travel Consultant know. We will notify your Guide, who will leave instructions with the hotel reception as to where to meet your group that night or the following morning.
If you plan to arrive a day or two into the itinerary (and our group has moved to a different destination), it will be your responsibility to ‘catch up’ with the group. If this happens, we will provide you with the most up-to-date information as to where your group will be and at approximately what time.
If you are late due to unforeseen circumstances or flight delays, please call the emergency contact number. Wander Nagaland cannot reimburse you for any portion of the trip unused, but this can often be claimed on your travel insurance.
We have a wide range of camping sites in Nagaland. They range from having all the creature comforts to bush camping with limited facilities (though their amazing vistas make up for this). Most camps will have basic facilities at a minimum.
Some trips have regular access to western toilets while others don’t – it just depends on the areas you’re travelling in. As a general rule, the more remote the place the less likely you are to find western bathroom facilities.
Along the way there are usually chances to do laundry, either through your hotel or using local services. Your Guide will be able to let you know once you are on the trip.
The standard of accommodation depends on the Tour Style you have chosen.
We want our passengers to be as comfortable as possible so when you are headed to a hot climate, it is likely that you will either have a fan or air-con. Of course, if you are staying in remote areas or at homestays, you will need to expect the facilities to be a little more basic.
Communication facilities are always improving. 3G and 4G is available in most populated areas, though sometimes intermittent. However many hotels and public places have not have Wi-Fi and so you will not be able to communicate as readily as you may be accustomed to. Your Guide will usually give you a heads up before you leave a place so you can send a quick email or two. Phone cards are easy to get your hands on; just make sure your phone is unlocked before you travel.
If family and friends are unable to contact you in an emergency through email or phone, they can contact Wander Nagaland directly. Emergency contact details will be distributed in your Travel Details document.
We can never guarantee your phone will work as desired, as many of our destinations are out of the way and you may have limited coverage. Chat to your phone provider before you leave about global roaming and the costs involved, and get their advice on the coverage you’ll receive in the places you’re travelling in. Alternatively, you can usually pick up a local sim card on the cheap (just make sure you phone is unlocked!).
Some places have Wi-Fi hotspots everywhere and other places will have no coverage at all. If you stumble into the latter, take the rare chance to just sit back and get to know your fellow travellers the old-fashioned way.
In most places you’ll be able to recharge your appliances at the hotel. We recommend you bring a travel adapter with you. On our overland trips, most vehicles come with their own power supply and you should be able to recharge onboard. Be sure to bring an extra camera battery just in case.