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Travel photographer Vaibhav Mehta journeys to the Indian border state for an annual festival.

[Editor's note: Nagaland is a mountainous state in far northeastern India, bordering Burma. Its people, majority Christian today, still have strong tribal affiliations, with each of the 16 Naga tribes speaking its own distinct language (all related to Tibetan). Last December, Vaibhav traveled to the remote territory, passing through a number of rural towns en route to the Hornbill Festival, an inter-tribal competition and celebration. These are his images.]

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Vaibhav Mehta

Vaibhav Mehta's work is an attempt to capture expressions of people, places, and their interactions and engagement with elements of radiance -- largely across travel & fashion, but he loves to deviate into abstractions. More of his work can be seen at www.vaibhavmehta.com and www.flickr.com/photos/vaibhavmehta/sets.

  • http://www.TheMadToLive.com Lauren Rains @ The Mad To Live

    These are breathtaking and beautiful. Thank you for sharing these with the world. It’s photos like these that inspire me to keep working hard so I can continue to see the world.

  • http://www.lolaakinmade.com Lola

    Gorgeous essay! My favorites are #2 and #11

  • http://expatheather.com Heather

    beautiful collection

  • Rajbir

    Fabulous work, Vaibhav. Stunning photos!!! This link was forwarded to me by a photographer friend from Abu Dhabi (Shahid Hashmi) and I’m thrilled to see all these images. My father was a tea planter in Assam for 25 years, so my connection to eastern India is very intense. You mention the early rising of the sun: in the Assam Tea estates, everyone follows ‘Garden Time,’ which is one hour earlier than IST. Keep clicking!

    • http://www.vaibhavmehta.com Vaibhav

      thanks rajbir! i can imagine the relatability with someone who’s lived there!
      thanks for the garden time knowledge :)

  • http://www.monicaprelle.com mprelle

    wow!

  • http://annemerritt.blogspot.com Anne

    So many of these photos made me smile, but I love the simple dignity of #11. Beautiful work.

  • Patricia McCormick

    They’re beautiful! They’re all great, but I loved #5 and #9. Thanks for sharing! Patricia

  • http://www.vaibhavmehta.com Vaibhav

    thanks patricia!
    you’ve been through all and more of this :)

  • http://www.24travelguide.com/ John

    Hello Viabhav!

    Who clicked these photographs ? I just loved the photographs. Did you ?

    I need to tweet this :)

    • http://www.vaibhavmehta.com Vaibhav

      heyy john,

      yes i clicked these. glad you liked them…

  • http://www.landcruising.nl Karin-Marijke

    Extraordinary pictures John, and I am jealous – we were denied a visa to Nagaland!

  • http://www.vaibhavmehta.com Vaibhav

    Karin, the internal visa permits have been lifted from nagaland now…
    so you could visit with just an indian visa!

  • akashi

    glad to see such nice pics of nagaland, thanks for sharing them.

  • http://jocy.yelp.com jocy c

    Great photo essay! My favorites are #4, #8, and #12.

  • http://www.vaibhavmehta.com vaibhav

    thankss akashi and jocy…
    glad you guys like..

  • haitravel

    So real.I like the first photo most.
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  • http://www.shazoor.com/ Shazoor Mirza

    Soccer at sunset (photo #2) is an awesome shot. A good insight into Hornbill Festival. Never knew about it before, and how it ends with the campfires and all. Great photo essay. Loved your eye for catching the sites of Nagaland. Brilliant photography.

  • Ajayan Menon

    I like nagaland.

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  • Munirah Nasr

    Today, for the first time in my life I come across the name of Nagaland, India.It was beautiful.

  • Deepjyoti Hazarika

    Really enjoyed the insight of Nagaland which was given by Vaibhav Mehta. Looking forward to more of northeast. I belong to northeastern part of India, and I feel sad at the thought that still alot of people lack the knowledge about these places and its vivid culture. If there are more people like Vaibhav I feel one day that the North eastern part of india will be recognised not only for the resources but also for the rich culture and its scenic beauty that it provides to a tourist.

  • Deepjyoti Hazarika

    Really enjoyed the insight of Nagaland which was given by Vaibhav Mehta. Looking forward to more of northeast. I belong to northeastern part of India, and I feel sad at the thought that still alot of people lack the knowledge about these places and its vivid culture. If there are more people like Vaibhav I feel one day that the North eastern part of india will be recognised not only for the resources but also for the rich culture and its scenic beauty that it provides to a tourist.

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