Where is Ziro?

Ziro is a small town located in the Lower Subansiri district in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. It's one of the oldest towns in the state and is situated on a plateau surrounded by pine-covered hills. Ziro is home to the Apatani tribe and is famous for its unique system of wet rice cultivation. The town is also renowned for its natural beauty, mild climate, and the annual Ziro Music Festival, which attracts musicians and tourists from around the world. The region has been proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its stunning landscapes and rich cultural history.

How to get there?

An often-preferred option by air is the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport ( Guwahati in Assam. This airport is about 450 kilometers away from Ziro and has better connectivity with regular flights from major cities across India. There is also an airport at Holongi, Itanagar which is a 3 hour drive from Ziro. Please note that foreigners traveling to Arunachal Pradesh need a Protected Area Permit (PAP), and Indians need an Inner Line Permit (ILP), which you should arrange prior to your journey.

There is an overnight train from Guwahati to Naharlagun (Donyi Polo Express) which is the most preferred mode for festival attendees.

Ziro is a 3 hour drive from Naharlagun station, 4 hours from Holongi airport and about 3.5 hours from Lilabari airport. The roads can be bumpy depending on the weather and landslides are common so prepare accordingly.