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Nestled amidst the formidable mountains of Arunachal Pradesh is a fabled like kingdom called Ziro Valley. Situated at an altitude of 1500mt Ziro Valley is surrounded with paddy fields and lush pine tree forest. Cradling in the lap of Mother Nature this old town has become one of the must visit destination in India. Untarnished by the modernized society this scenic valley is one of culturally enriched Heritage Sites. Ziro Music Festival hosted by Apatani Tribe is one of the most awaited festivals of Ziro Valley which attracts music lovers from far and wide. Home of Apa Tribe Ziro Valley is a land of scenic landscape, serene ambiance and rich tradition. It is must visit destination in India for the people who want to explore the less trodden part of Arunachal Pradesh. Boasting with natural beauty many places of Ziro are declared as World Heritage Sites.
Sprawled with the lush forest of silver fir and pine trees is Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary of Ziro. It is located at a distance of 30km from Ziro Valley. Home of the rare clouded leopard, Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the must visit destination of Ziro Valley. The view of blooming rhododendrons and orchids in Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary during the month of April has left many travelers awe-stricken. The thick wooded forest of this reserve is an ideal place for bird watching and trekking in Ziro. On the way to this nature bound destination visitor will come across Dilopolyang Maniipolyang. Dilopolyang Maniipolyang is a twin hillock where visitors can catch the awe-inspiring view of scenic grasslands surrounding Ziro Valley.
Meghna Cava Temple at an altitude of 3000ft is one of the major tourist attractions of Ziro. Dating back to 5000year Meghna Cave Temple is a sacred shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva which is located within a natural cave. Meghna Cave Temple is also a vantage point to catch the panoramic view of river stream meandering through the scenic gorge and emerald green forest enclosing Ziro. In Shivaratri Meghna Cave Temple is flooded with the horde of devotes and travelers alike.
Situated at a distance of 7km from the main town is another viewpoint of Ziro called Kile Pakho. Kile Pakho has become a famous tourist attraction in Ziro for its pictorial landscape. On a clear day visitors can witness an unhindered view of snow capped mountain range on one side and spectacular Ziro Plateau on the other from Kile Pakho. To catch this outstanding view, visitors need to climb on a ridge. The serenity and pictorial location has made Kile Pakho a place to see the abundance of nature in Ziro.
Surrounded by bamboo and pine groves is Tarin Fish Farm one of the major tourist attractions of Ziro. Located at a high altitude Tarin Fish Farm is a unique place where high altitude fishes are breed by Apatani tribes. The practice of paddy-cum-fish cultivation has attracted travelers towards this quaint fish farm. In Tarin Fish Farm of Ziro, visitors can see two different varieties of rice being grown with one variety of fish in a paddy field.
Enclosed by daunting hills and luxuriant rain forest is Tipi Orchid Research Centre of Ziro reckoned for housing more than 26000species of flowering plant. The centre was built in 1972 to encourage the growth of orchid flower in Arunachal. The glass house of Orchid Research Centre is the main tourist attraction which is known for housing more than 360 exotic species of orchid. There is an Orchid Museum in this centre which displays specimens, maps, jars and photos of different orchids found in Arunachal Pradesh. Tipi Orchid Research Centre with its vast collection and knowledge about this delicate flower has become the paradise for botany enthusiast and nature lover. Tipi Orchid Research Centre of Ziro is one place where visitors can catch the vista of blooming orchids throughout the year.
Tipi Orchid Research Centre Timings: 9:30am to 5::00pm
Ziro Puto also known as Army Puto is a popular hill and tourist attraction of Ziro Valley. In 1960 first army cantonment was situated in Ziro Puto hence the name Army Puto. It is famous destination of Ziro which is known for its pictorial view of Apatani Plateau.
Dolo Mando situated in the western region of Ziro is another popular hillock. Located on the Daporijo Road Dolo Mando is popular tourist destination of Ziro. It is known for offering a panoramic vista of Hapoli town and old Ziro. Dolo Mando is also a famous trekking and hiking destination in Ziro.
How to Reach Ziro Valley: Being an offbeat destination of Arunachal Ziro is not directly connected with the state bus network. Visitor first need to take a bus till Guwahati, Itanagar or North Lakhimpur and further continue their journey on a hired cab or shared taxi. The distance between Itanagar to Ziro valley is 110km. The nearest airport from Ziro is located in Tezpur (Assam). The distance between Tezpur to Ziro Valley is 279km. However, flights to Tezpur are irregular so the best option for the visitors is to fly to Guwahati. The distance between Guwahati to Ziro valley is 463km. The nearest railway station of Ziro is in North Lakhimpur (Assam). The distance between North Lakhimpur to Ziro is 120km.
Best time to visit Ziro Valley: Each season has its own charm to relish in Ziro. Summers (March to June) are blessed with temperate weather and the valley surrounding Ziro are bursting with the vista of blooming rhododendron and orchids. During monsoon season (July to October) tourist can see Ziro in its pristine form. Winters (November to February) are cold in Ziro yet it is an ideal time to gaze upon the pictorial view of snow clad Himalayan range. The best time to visit Ziro Valley for the music lovers is from September & October when Apa Tribe is hosting the annual Ziro Music Festival.