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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'.

The sticky summers of plains can be a bit disturbing and Ziro is the perfect escape with pleasant weather and mesmerizing scenic beauty. However, if you want to capture the spectacle of Zirpo in winter, then, the best time to visit is October and December. 

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. Earlier, Subansiri District was a part of the North Lakhimpur District of Assam till 1914. In addition, the areas including this district 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 taken over by Ministery of Home Affairs from External Affairs. Then, The Subansiri Frontier Division was again renamed as Subansiri District and the political officers were appointed. On 13th May 1980, the Subansiri District bifurcated into two divisions Lower Subansiri District and Upper Subansiri District and Ziro came into the area of Lower Subansiri District. 

Major Attractions in and Around Ziro

1. 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 that can be explored here.

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2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Tarin Fish Farm. It is one of the most popular attractions in 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. 

6. 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 the highest ecological standards. 

How to Reach Ziro 

Accompanied with panoramic vies, the Ziro valley is nature’s ultimate creation. One would love to explore this tranquil place of Arunachal Pradesh. The place is mostly inhabited by Apatani Tribe who speak in Tani language. Ziro is 2,304.2 km via NH27, 3,127.7 km via NH27, 1,398.5 km via NH27, 3,354.6 km via NH 44 away from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively

By 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 International Airport which is well-connected to major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. It is approximately 433 kilometres away from Ziro.

By 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.

By Rail. The closest railway station is Naharlagun Railway Station which is 95 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 Bengaluru, first you have to deboard at Guwahati Railway Station. Then, you can take trains towards Naharlagun Railway Station.

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