This is very likely that you have never heard of the amazing Ziro festival of music, which happens in India. Even if you have heard about it, we are sure you know almost nothing about it.
Hence, today we have brought you the exclusive information which has everything you will need to know about the Ziro music festival of India.
Brief Introduction & History of Ziro music festival
Ziro Festival of music is held in beautiful Ziro valley, situated in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. Ziro music of festival showcases one of the independent music scenes in India.
This festival is spread over 4 days. Members of the Apatani people of Ziro valley host this festival. The Apatani’s are a tribal community inhabits mainly in the Lower Subansiri District ( Ziro Valley). The Apatani tribes are known for their hospitality and affinity towards music.
Ziro is a small town in the Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. The town is surrounded by mountains and offers breathtaking views of landscapes, rivers, and nearby rice fields. UNESCO has recently included the town of Ziro among the world heritage sites. Ziro valley is one of the popular destinations for both International as well as domestic tourists.
Bobby Hano, Menwhopause guitarist (rock band based in Delhi, India.), Anup Kutty, and Artists like- Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Damo Suzuki, Shye Ben Tzur, Mono, Divine, Louw Majaw Sha’air n Func, Indus Creed, Peter cat recording co, Menwhopause, Guru Fewben Mashangva, and Barmer boys founded this music festival in 2012.
Ziro Festival is one of the most eco-friendly festivals in India. Organizers construct two stages named – “Donyi” which means ( Sun ) and “Polo” which means ( Moon ) and these are completely local bamboo-based structures.
Donyi Polo faith prevalent in the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh inspired this. Interesting, right?
This festival also provides employment to the local people and uses local material for the infrastructure.
Important Tips about Ziro Festival of Music
Ziro festival of music has a zero plastic policy and encourages attendees to be responsible for leaving behind no waste. At the Ziro festival, the local volunteers provide entry tickets to the visitors, which are also available on the Festival website.
To enter the Ziro Festival all non -Arunachali Indians need an inner line permit ( ILP) pass and foreigners need a protected area permit pass.
Also, there are some government entry permits required to visit Ziro Valley. All the permits are available at state tourist offices. One can also buy them directly en route.
How to Reach Ziro Festival of Music
From New Delhi, the distance is almost 2300 km to Ziro valley and it is well connected by Air and road facilities. Though there are no direct flights to Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh.
The closest airport is in North Lakhimpur Assam, around 140 km, and the second nearest airport now is Dibrugarh, Assam around 300 km from Ziro Valley. There’s an overnight train from Guwahati to Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh from where one can take a 3-hour cab ride to Ziro Valley.
Beautiful nearby places| Ziro music festival
Travelers can also explore some nearby beautiful places on their visit to Ziro. We know you don’t want to miss out on any amazing places.
So, here is the list of the Topmost nearby beautiful sites…
1. Talley valley wildlife Sanctuary
Talley valley wildlife sanctuary is one of the beautiful tourist attractions in Ziro valley. This sanctuary covers an area of 337 Sq.km.
Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a wide range of flora and fauna. The sanctuary is also home to clouded leopard, Malayan Giant Squirrel, Indian Muntjac, Asian palm civet, Black Eagle, etc.
The sanctuary has a spectrum of flora as well, which includes silver fir trees, ferns, orchids, bamboo, and rhododendron. Talley valley wildlife sanctuary is the Bio-diversity zone.
Arunachal Pradesh accounts for 40% of Indians flora and fauna population and Talley Valley has a fair share of it. Talley wildlife sanctuary is just 30 km away from Ziro town.
2. Meghna Cave Temple
This spectacular temple is one of the important tourist attractions sites near Ziro town. This is a Lord Shiva temple and is located close to Ziro.
The 10 minutes climb up the stairs is completely worth it when you reach the 5000-year-old structure. It is at an elevation of 300 feet. Meghna Cave Temple is inside a cave and the idol is an incarnation of Lord Shiva.
Meghna cave temple is a must-visit tourist attraction located in the beautiful Ziro valley. This ancient cave temple dates back to 5000 years. People located them in 1962.
From all parts of India, the tourist visits this temple for a pilgrimage tour.
Because of this temple’s height, which is an altitude of 300 above sea level, you will witness a stunning view of the mountains, lush greenery forest, and the river flowing below which is enough to blow your mind away.
If you happen to visit Arunachal Pradesh, then you must visit this temple, especially during the grand festival of Maha Shivratri that happens during the month of February.
3. Kile Pakho
This mesmerizing ridge Kile Pakho is just 7 km away from old Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh. This ridge is a junction between the verdant plateau of Ziro and the majestic Himalayan mountains. This is also a spectacular trekking destination for nature lovers from across the world.
Because of the fantastic clear view of the entire plateau, nature lovers absolutely love this place. It also has snow-clad mountain ranges of the Himalayas that is known as Nyime Pembu on the other side.
Coming to the best time to visit this spectacular tourist destination, one should plan Kile Pakho in the months of spring between February and April when the sky remains clear.
4. Pine Grove
It is also known as Myolyang, which is situated just 3 km away from Old Ziro. Pine Grove is also famous for its picnic spot. Pine trees add a rather interesting dimension to old Ziro. Come here to witness the biggest and tallest blue pine trees in the whole of Ziro Valley.
Rental cars and taxis are available from old ziro town to this place but you can also go on foot. This quiet scenic place is perfect for trekking, however you can also do photography here.
You should plan from February to March to visit here.
5. Tarin Fish Farm
One of the popular tourist attractions of Ziro, Tarin Fish Farms is a part of Bulla village. People of Apatani tribes live here. Tarin Fish Farm is a high altitude fish seed farm , which is about 3.5 km from Hapoli town.
This is a very interesting place because here you can see the process of raising the two crops of rice (Mipya and Emoh) and a breed of fish (Ngihi) together, a practice which is followed by the Apatanis tribes. NEC established this farm in 1985-86 covering an area of 7.4 hectares.
Surrounded by pine and bamboo groves, the unique procedure of paddy cum fish cultivation is one of the major tourist attractions sites of Ziro Valley.
There are 74 ponds for fish breeding, out of which 46 are nursery ponds, 16 are rearing ponds and 12 are stocking ponds. Hence, tourists love to explore the unique Fish farm around Ziro valley.
Midey is a wonderful place to be on a visit to the Ziro Valley. Known primarily for its blue pine trees, this place also provides excellent trekking opportunities.
You will see the biggest and the tallest pine trees in the whole of Apatani Valley. Measuring about 7 ( seven Meter ) at GBH ( Girth at breast height). Obviously, it is amongst the favored Spots to enjoy and trekking.
We hope after reading this article you will feel inspired and include this town and festival in your bucket list.
Not just Arunachal Pradesh, but the whole of NorthEast India is full of such amazing sites. You must visit the Northeast India on your India expedition.
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