The villagers of Majuli were brilliant with the suggestion of the shortcut of reaching North Lakhimpur in Assam. It was essential for me to get to North Lakhimpur to procure a permit for travel in Arunachal Pradesh and somehow find a shared taxi (sumo) for making my way to Ziro Valley.
I was lucky to be assisted by an unknown guy on a motorbike who drove me to the permit office near Lilabari airport that enabled me to make a dash to the shared taxi place in time. After a terribly tiring and bumpy ride of more around six hours, I was finally in Hapoli village (New Ziro).
It was local help from many Facebook friends that was instrumental in my explorations of the the many villages of Ziro Valley. I was very surprised to know that the Apatani locals practise sun-moon worship called as Donyi-Polo and there was also a small temple near the entrance of Hong village.
When I asked the informative locals regarding the legend of ‘Why the Apatani ladies were tattooed?’. Were they really so beautiful and the neighbouring Nyishi tribe used to take them away? It was quickly dismissed as a marketing gimmick that was initiated by Lonely Planet, one of the most respected locals there told me.
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Some kind people in Guwahati had presented me with a glass of delicious plum wine brought from Ziro Valley. It had made me aware that I must ask the locals regarding the various kinds of local liquor available here. Kiwi fruit was being sold for 10 Rupees per piece and I promptly bought 10 kiwis to enjoy! A board ‘Kiwi wine available here’ started a fantastic experience, it was really tasty and had the right amount of alcohol content!
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I was especially pleased when the homestay owners invited me for tasting some ‘Apong’ which is rice beer. The lady had warmed it a little bit and I asked for a second helping!
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Facts & Travel Guide : Ziro Valley is a scenic region in Arunachal Pradesh. It is located in the Lower Subansiri District but is a long drive away from the nearest airport and railway station. Reaching Ziro Valley from most parts of India will involve a flight to Guwahati and then a train. The roads in Arunachal Pradesh are in poor condition and hence take much time to traverse.
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Hong is the biggest Apatani village and has a few homestays to stay if you ask around. There are 6-7 villages in Ziro Valley and all of them are located very close to each other. I visited all of them and really liked Hija village for the location. Biirii village is home to the well known Ziro Valley Resort and Siri village also has some homestays – both these villages are on the other side of the valley. Hapoli village (New Ziro) has concrete hotels and is a rapidly growing town with ATM facilities and a market. The shared taxi stand is near the School gate in Hapoli. Talle Valley is an upcoming popular trekking destination in Ziro Valley.
34 thoughts on “Photo Story from Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh”
Love Arunachal and its people. Lovely photographs 🙂
Yay, thank you! I had a very difficult time in the north east trying to travel in my carefree way. Hope to come back sooner and explore more 🙂
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Great photo story and lovely portraits. Brings back some fab memories of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh, which I visited 9 years ago. Planning to head there again this winter.
Yay! Thanks Sankara. So glad you liked it. I hope to be exploring more of the north east in the coming season (s). Hope to bump into you soon 🙂
Hi nice piece here
am planning a trip to the ziro valley, would be able to help me out with some homestay options in biiri or siro
if you could give me some phone numbers i could call them and fix it up
the options on the net – hotels/resorts, all seem booked 🙁
thanks in advance
Hi Anirban. Thanks 🙂 Homestay options in Ziro Valley are few and far between. New Ziro (Hapoli) has a few hotels and could be useful for you. Happy journey.
I regularly follow your blog and I am a great fan of yours.
I have planned to travel Ziro solo next month.
Need to know about the transportation from Naharlagun/Itanagar.If shared jeeps/sumos are available and what are their timings.
Also where to stay in Ziro.
Heard a lot about Talley valley.It it a motorable one,can I get a reserved car for Talley valley from Ziro.
Hey Souvik! Thanks for much for the kind words. Sorry, just saw this today and hope you had a nice journey! Yes, shared cabs are indeed available from Naharlagun & Itanagar both.
You have an amazing guide for the North East Travels! I am will be following your Meghalaya trip word by word 😛
I needed your help from moving from Ziro to Majuli. I am assuming I will have to do the following stops – Zero to Naharlagun to North Lakhimpur to Dhofala Ghat/ Not really sure.. to Majuli. Do you think this travel can be done in a day? When is the last boat to move towards Majuli?
Hey Mihir! Many thanks for the kind words of appreciation. Good luck on your travels.
well, my dear fellow tourist you have not shown the true face of ziro valley……..by the way the time you visited ziro was not right i mean you have visited ziro in winter my suggestion is that you visit ziro in the in summer there you will see the true beauty of ziro valley…..THANKS
I totally understand what you mean, having visited Ziro twice now – once in February and the other time in November. I hope to come that side in August – September to experience it properly! Thanks 🙂
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Thanks so much for checking, Dulley Gyati and for taking the time out to comment. Shall sure get in touch the next time I’m in Ziro Valley.
Beautiful photographs. Arunachal is high on my list of places to visit. Quite informative.
Thanks so much Sapna! Hope you get to travel there soon, best wishes.
Very nice blog and images are beautiful
Thanks so much Anuj 🙂