Ziro

Why To Go

Ziro is the small busy hamlet of the Indian state Arunachal Pradesh situated at a distance of 115 km from state capital Itanagar. UNESCO has named it under a tentative list of World Heritage Site. This is one of the oldest towns of the state dominated by Apatani tribe. This is one of the famous bio-diversity sites which are under observation because of its rich flora and fauna. With mild and pleasant climate, Ziro is popular for its pine forest amid hills and rice fields.

The climate condition of the district varies from place to place as well as season to season. The climate is largely influenced by the nature of terrain depending upon altitude and location. Ziro introduces you to Subansiri District which occupies the centre of Arunachal. This is a place of hills and forests and breezes, home to the Apatani people who grow rice and rear small fish; uniquely, both are grown in the same patches of land. They can be recognised by tattoos and the women’s nose plugs.

This tranquil town with its charming and scenic beauties attracts travellers and photographers from all across the globe. The place besides its picturesque view is also great for trekking, jungle camping and wild life exploration.

Travel Tips

Though, Ziro can be visited all round the year because of its pleasant climate; however, the best time is from March to October. The summer with lush greenery, blue skies and cool climate make the place an ideal holiday destination. You can also visit during early winter i.e. October and November when you can enjoy the beauty of snow, but do avoid the months of December and January as the place experiences chilly cold. The Inner Line Permit is required for domestic travellers. International travellers are requested to acquire Restricted Area Permit from Ministry of External affairs before entering in this state Heavy woollen clothes with adequate warm accessories are must during all the time. Keep rainproof attire during monsoon season. Do not litter the place by depositing plastic and any garbage. Keep emergency medicines and a first aid kit along with you. One must purchase local handicrafts from local markets. Avoid taking elderly people who are not fit for the long road journey.

Things To Do

Those in love with nature can find their perfect quiet place at this town. A visit at its nearby sightings can provide them ample knowledge about the site. There are sanctuaries surrounding the region to give a glimpse of its natural habitats. Spotting birds and animals would certainly excite you. You can visit Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Meghna Cave Temple. You can take a stroll to the paddy fields, where two varieties of rice are grown with one variety of fish in water. Lots of tourists enjoy exploring these paddy fields which are surrounded by bamboo and pine trees. Trekking can be done on its unknown, undiscovered paths with the help of local guides. Do try out local food which is rice, served in different flavours along with fish, meat or vegetables. Besides you must have Zan, Khura, a type of pan cake, Gyapa Khazi, local polao with dried fish or shrimp and variety of spices.

Getting Around

Hire a rickshaw for nearby spots and for far distant spots, you can hire private taxis or Sumo. Though, the best way to getting around the town is by walking.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

There are no airports directly connecting this town. The nearby airport is at Tezpur which is 270 km away and is in neighbouring state Assam; and takes around 8 hours to reach Ziro. There are r flights connecting this airport with other major metro cities of India. There are irregular fights available. Regular flights are also available at Guwahati airport only. From the airport you can hire taxi or private cars.

TRAIN

There is no rail station at Ziro. North Lakhimpur has a railway station which is 135 km from Ziro and connecting this place. It takes around 5 hours. Guwahati has a major rail head which is 440km away. There are regular trains from Guwahati to Kathal Pukhuri and from there get a taxi till Ziro which takes almost 8 hours. Trains are also available from Tezpur.

ROAD

There are regular public bus services available from Tawang and Tezpur. Tourists can take ASTC buses from Itanagar also. There are rental cars from all over the north-east region available also. Tawang to Ziro distance is 634 km approx. By car one may need 12 hours to reach there. You can also hire a taxi from Guwahati or Jorhat. Guwahati is 440 km from Ziro and takes around 8 hours to reach via car. The road condition is good and it covers NH27 and NH15.

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Surrounding Attractions

Ziro is full of tourist attractions. Tipi Orchid research centre, Dolo Mando, Namadhapa National Park, Hapoli, Dilopolyang Maniipolyang, Pine Grove, Meghna Cave Temple, Kile Pakho, Midey, Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Shiva Linga, Tarin fish farm, Bamboo grove, Pine grove, ZiroPuto are the places around the region. Other tourist places can be reached from this township by road also.
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