The Valley of Music
Ziro is a hill station almost 150 kilometres from Guwahati in Assam. Covered with mesmerising rice fields, villages and lush green foliage, Ziro is a must visit if you plan on going North-East for your vacation. Ziro is attractive to travellers and photographers, managing to achieve a sense of romanticism in its atmosphere. Ziro has a beautiful climate to top it all as well. Ziro town is a level valley but is quite high at 1500 metres from sea level.
The mesmerising valley is also home to a variety of festivals, the most famous of which is the Ziro Music Festival. With a large attendance and dozens of performances, the music festival is a celebration of local and global music. The valley sees the most traffic of travellers during this time.
The climate in Ziro is also quite pleasant and welcoming. The average temperature rarely rises over 20 degrees Celsius and thus Ziro is quite pleasant throughout the year.
Ziro is a hill station in Assam that is inhabited by the Apatani Tribe. Unlike other tribes who exhibit nomadic lifestyles, the Apatani stay in their place, practice farming and keep livestock for longer periods of time.
Developed as a hill station, Ziro is home to one of the largest music festivals in the country. The whole valley is decorated and set up for the festival spanning 4 days and usually sees an attendance of about 6000 every year.
Ziro is also quite advanced in lifestyle compared to other Assamese districts. Ziro town has a larger number of schools and has a 50:50 sex ratio in the district. The town is welcoming to tourists and is quite dependent upon them for income as well.
How to reach
Ziro is accessible by road, rail and air.
How to Reach by Flight
The closest airport to Ziro is Jorhat Airport but finding a flight servicing there would be quite tough. Tezpur airport is connected by a number of flights but it takes a considerable amount of time to reach this airport. The best route would be to fly to Guwahati and travel by road from there. Cabs and buses are readily available at the airport and it takes about 7 hours to cover the distance.
How to Reach by Train
The nearest railway station is at Kathal Pukhari, which is about 8 hours away from Guwahati station. Not a lot of trains service Ziro and most come through Guwahati. Cabs and buses are available at the station to cover the 122-kilometre distance between Ziro and Kathal Pukhari.
How to Reach by Bus
State-run night buses are available from Guwahati to Ziro which takes about 8 hours to cover 470 kilometres. State-run buses are also available during the daytime but the frequency is very low.
How to Reach by Road
Guwahati to Ziro is a 470-kilometre 8-hour ride via the NH27 and NH15. Roads are well maintained and offer scenic beauty all throughout. Cabs and autos are abundant on the roads and connect Ziro to major railway stations and airports.
How to travel within
Autos, cabs and buses are available at Ziro for travelling around. For tourists, cabs are the best and safest option to travel within the city.
Food and Dining
Ziro is an Assamese destination and is inhabited by a number of prominent tribes. The local cuisine here, therefore, is really interesting. Silkworms and bees are quite a delicacy here and is a must try for the more adventurous folks. Rice and meat are the staples and a variety of rice dishes are available throughout. The world famous momos are also quite common here, having its origin in these parts. The cuisine is here highly influenced by the Tibetan cuisine and involves noodles, soups and fermented cheeseThe people of Ziro also brew their won rice and millet beers which are chemical and preservative free. For dining, not a lot of options are available but local eateries are quite common everywhere.
Two days in Ziro could be filled in with visits to the Pine Grove, Shiv Linga and various spots in the valley.