Luminous plateau dwelled by the Apatani tribe
Pristine precinct & dramatic landscape
Enchanting Natural Beauty
Pristine precinct, dramatic mountains and serpentine roads titivate this luminous plateau dwelled by the Apatani tribe famous for their facial tattoos and fish cum paddy cultivation. God created this arduous area at the height of 1564 m and blessed the valiant tribes the bravery and the survival tactics to endure in this mountainous terra firma. Alpine forest, terraced cultivation, indigenous salts, traditional papers are the distinctive features of this dramatic hills.
Ziro is a land of craggy splendor, jagged edges traversed by grand ravines. Ziro is the land of Apatani tribe. It is also famous for terrace cultivation and the extraordinary paddy-cum-pisciculture. The irrigation systems are built very scientifically because of the method they’ve been able to harvest efficiently water from the river to the terraced paddy fields. They harvest two species of fish (common carp-species and catla-catla, Labeo rohita etc.) along with each crop of paddy. This incredible plateau is well-known for using indigenous salts and papers.
What to see in Ziro
Ziro is a quaint town, which is located 115 km from Itanagar, the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh. The beauty of this town has attracted the attention of many world tourists, due to which it has been shortlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How to Reach Ziro
The nearest railway station from Ziro is located at Naharlagun in Arunachal Pradesh near the Arunachal-Assam border which is around 100 km from Ziro. The nearest airport to this valley is Lilabari, in North Lakhimpur district of Assam.
Where to stay in Ziro
Unlike other cities of Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro have the best staying options. There are numerous resorts from mid range to high range, many small to medium sized good hotels and many home stays which are best to enjoy the stay in local ambience.
Best Season to Visit
The gentle climate of Ziro during summer makes it a favoured destination for vacation. Apart from the summer, Ziro is relatively pleasant throughout the year. Its always recommended to visit Ziro during Dree festival in July or if you are a music lover can opt for Ziro Music Festival in early October.
a cultural landscape
Apatanis have few unique special characteristic features which differ from other tribes in Arunachal Pradesh and India. Few of these special characteristic features are: Apatanis are permanently settled in one place whereas other tribes are nomadic in nature move from one place to another in search of fertile lands. Apatanis cultivate permanent wet land cultivations whereas other tribes practice dry land cultivations by clearing the forests by burning the jungles. Apatanis used to practice facial tattoos before; now they have dropped this custom few decades back.
Arunachal Pradesh thronged by 26 major lively tribes co-existing with many sub-tribes. People are of mongoloid breeds and most of the tribes inhabiting the terrain are ethnically identical but the geographical seclusion from each other has endowed certain distinctive characteristics in language, dress and customs. The myriad of colourful tribes enhances the mystery and beautify the custom and cultures.