Ziro is the district headquarters of the Subansiri district in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. One of the oldest cities in Arunachal Pradesh, it is situated at an altitude of 1638 m to 2438 m at 27.63 ° N and 93.83 ° E. This beautiful Ziro Valley of Arunachal Pradesh was recommended by the Archaeological Department of India in the year 2012 to be designated as a World Heritage Site. The main town of the valley is called Hapoli or Hao Polyang in the local language. Its residents are called Apatani tribes. These people follow Tibetan culture.
There is a lot to see and explore in this valley.
One of these places is Ziro Putu. It is also called Army Putu. There is greenery all around, along with peace and nature, away from the noise of metros.
A 25-foot-high and 22-foot-wide Shivalinga in the Kardo forest, 4 kilometers from Hapoli, also attracts a large number of devotees.
As every new place has its own story, you can hear about the love affair of Dolo and Mando from the locals. Inspired by this story, there is a place called Dolo Mando, 2 kilometers west of Hapoli.
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A narrow valley called Fort Pako is also a good place from where the snow-capped peaks of the Ziro Valley and Himalayas are visible. Floriculture and some rare breeds of orchids are cultivated in the Ziro Valley.
Here bamboo is produced in abundance at a beautiful Bamboo Farm. ‘Blue clad pine’ (a breed of pine trees) is grown here along with ‘One stem bamboo’. This Garden of bamboos is very famous among hikers and tourists. Situated on a hill, this garden also offers a magnificent view of the valley below. The natural beauty of Ziro Valley has also attracted many filmmakers.
Pine trees are seen on both sides of the roads en route to the valley. The Taran Fish Farm is also worth seeing here, where fish farming is done at such a height.
For travelers interested in ‘river sports’, rafting in the Siang River can provide a thrilling experience. Other river rafting routes are Kameng, Subansiri, Dibang.
The original Apatani tribe of this area celebrates 3 major festivals; Myoko, Murung, and Dree, in a year. The three-day Ziro Music Festival is also held here in the winter season, in late September.
The festival that started in 2012, contributes greatly to the interest of an avid traveler as well as music aficionado entering the mountain town. Many music lovers, top international and national music bands, and folk artists from around the world come here to participate in this festival.
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Pako Valley: Pako Valley, another must-see, offers mesmerizing views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas along with a green Ziro valley.
The best time of the year to visit the valley is mid-March to mid-July and October to December when the temperature is 10 to 15 degrees. The Valley experiences snowfall in January-February and plenty of rain from July to September.
Jorhat is the nearest airport, which is 98 km, in the Assam state of India. Another airport is Lilabari, which is 123 km from Ziro and Guwahati International Airport is about 449 km from Ziro.
Nearest railway stations are Naharlagun (100 km) and North Lakhimpur (117 km). There are daily trains from Guwahati to here and once a week from New Delhi to Naharlagun.
Buses ply from Guwahati to Ziro. Arunachal Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation buses run four days a week. By the way, you can reach North Lakhimpur or Itanagar, State Capital, by taxi from there and reach Ziro Valley.