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In the state of Arunachal Pradesh, a splendidly beautiful town Ziro is sited in the district of Lower Subansiri. It is a census town and is also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site which is enough to attract people to this valley. It is one of the oldest towns of the state and is the district headquarters as well. Everything in this town is a major tourist attraction, pine-clad hills and rice fields being few of them. It is home to the main Apatani tribe that is also the organizer of one of the most popular music festivals in India, known as the 'Ziro Music Festival'.

History of Ziro

Ziro is the part of Subansiri District. The name, 'Subansiri' is derived from the Subansiri River which is a tributary of the Brahmaputra. The Subansiri District was the part of the North Lakhimpur District of Assam till 1914. In addition, the areas in the districts also became the part of Lakhimpur Frontier Tract of the North-East Frontier Tract. In 1919. The Lakhimpur Frontier Tract including Western parts around it, renamed as Balipara Frontier Tract. In 1946, the district opted out of Balipara Frontier and renamed as Subansiri Area headquartered in North Lakhimpur. Now in 1954, it was again changed into Subansiri Frontier Division from Subansiri Area headquartered at Ziro. Till 30th August 1965, it was under the NEFA which was one of the political agency in British India. on 31st September 1965, the administrative charge was takenover by Ministery of Home Affairs. then, The Subansiri Frontier Division was again renamed as Subansiri District and the political officers were appointed. On 13th May1980, the Subansiri District biferaceted into two divisions Lower Subansiri District and Upper Subansiri District and Ziro came into the area of Lower Subansiri District. 

Places to Visit in Ziro

Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Spreads over a range of 337 sq. km. of land and stands among the significant tourist’s spot. Enjoy the wonderful forests, there is less human intervention and explore the rare species and a wide range of flora and fauna can be observed. Numerous trees like Silver fir trees, orchids, amazing varieties of bamboo and ferns are the trees can be explored here.

Meghna Cave Temple. When you visit Ziro, you can’t miss visiting the Meghna Cave Temple, as the temple was constructed around 5000 years ago and then rediscovered in 1962. Explore the majestic view of the surroundings, lush green forests, keep your eyes brimming with immense beauty. Just take your camera get set to collect the unforgettable memoirs.

Kile Pakho. Located just 7 km, away from the Old Ziro, the destination is actually a treat to the eyes of the visitors as it has overwhelming scenic beauty to offer. One can climb on the ridge and view the Ziro’s plateau and Himalayan mountains nestled in the snow.

Also Read: ‘The Mushroom City of India’ and ‘The City of Red Gold’ are the two other names of this beautiful district cum tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh

Ziro Puto. It’s a hillock and this place is known for the establishment of India’s first independent administrative centre. Alongside, also famous as Army Puto, the army cantonment was built here in the 1960s. Appreciate the beautiful views of Apatani plateau from the hillock.

Things to do in Ziro

Tarin Fish Farm. It is one of the most popular attractions of Ziro. Tarin Fish Farms is located in Bulla Village which is inhabitants of Apatani Tribes. Here, you get to see the rice crop-growing(Mipya and Emoh) process and fish-growing (Ngihi) process together. 

Gandhi Market.  The popular market is mostly known for Only-Female Sellers. The market is filled with local items like meat, tea leaves, dry fish, vegetables etc. It is one of the plastic-free markets in the town where the products are wrapped in leaves ensuring highest ecological standards. 

Events and Festivals in and Around Ziro

Ziro Music Festival. This world popular music festival was started in 2012 by Bobby Hano and Anup Kutty and the team has a long list of names now. The festival became popular because of its originality and also because of the location it was organized in. Read more

Torgya Monastery Festival. It is a monastic festival mainly which happens at the Tawang Monastery and is full of rich colors and brightness all around. It is a three days long festival and people enjoy every bit of the festival. It starts with reciting of prayers and Monastic dances and is celebrated in order to kill the evil spirits and seek blessings and prosperity for loved ones and crops. Read more

Best Time to Visit Ziro

Winters: the best time to visit is October and March, quite suitable to visit Ziro. Also, it is the best time to witness the nature at its beautiful spectacle.

How to Reach Ziro

Air. Ziro does not have its own airport in the area. The  Nearest airport is the Tezpur Airport which is a domestic airport. It is 266 kilometres away from the Ziro. The airport is well-connected to neighbour cities. Another airport is Guwahati airport which is well connected to major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. Guwahati Airport is 433 kilometres away from Ziro. 

Rail.  The closest airport is Naharlagun Railway Station which is 100 kilometres away from Ziro. The railway station serves with regular trains from another neighbour cities  such as Guwahati, Kamakhya, Changsari, Tangla, etc. if you are travelling from other major cities in India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata or Chennai, first you have to deboard at Guwahati Railway Station. Then, you can take trains towards Naharlagun Railway Station.

Road. Ziro town is well-connected with Guwahati by NH27 and NH15 and is just 470 kilometres away. One can hire a taxi from Guwahati to Ziro. it will take approx 7 hours to reach the town. Also, government bus service is available from Guwahati. Though, it can be challenging when it comes to safety. 

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