Ziro Valley

We welcome you to the pristine Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh. 

Ziro Valley also known as the ‘Land of the Legendary Apatani Tribes’ is a beautiful and picturesque Hill Station located at about 1500 m above mean sea level in Arunachal Pradesh. Ziro Valley is the headquarters of the Lower Subansiri district and is home to over 50,000 Apatani Tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh. Ziro Valley is surrounded by hills that are beautifully covered with bamboo and pine trees. The entire area is surrounded by lush green paddy fields. The natural beauty and unadulterated landscapes and the rich culture and heritage of the Apatani Tribes of Ziro Valley has attracted the attention of many tourists and researchers and hence Ziro Valley has been shortlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ziro Valley is primarily home to the ‘Apatani’ Tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh – friendly, simple and hospitable people with an interesting culture and legacy. They are a non-nomadic, agrarian tribe who share a responsible relationship with nature. ‘Apatani’ people cultivate permanent wet land cultivation instead of dry land cultivation which involves burning forests. Ziro Valley is lush with paddy farms and is known for its unique paddy cum fish cultivation where using traditional irrigation methods, farmers rear fish in the knee-deep water. Keeping them company are the adorable, shy, and harmless Indian Bison. Around here, they are called ‘Mithun’ and considered auspicious and are very tasty too! A unique fact about the Apatani tribe is that, women of this tribe used to practice a custom of getting facial tattoos! This was done since they believed that women of the Apatani tribe were so beautiful that they had to tattoo their faces in order to not let men from other tribes steal them away!

Ziro Valley is also host to the Largest Outdoor Music Festival of India ~ ‘the Ziro Festival of Music’. The Ziro Festival of Music showcases the independent music scene in India. The festival was founded in 2012 by Bobby Hano and Menwhopause guitarist Anup Kutty, and has featured artists like Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Louw Majaw, Shaair n Func, Indus Creed, Peter Cat Recording Co, Menwhopause, Guru Rewben Mashangva, and Barmer Boys among others. The festival is spread over four days and is hosted by members of the Apatani people in Ziro Valley.

During your stay at Ziro Valley:

  • Stay with the Legendary Apatani Folks of Ziro Valley at their homestays

  • Savour traditional Apatani Local Cuisine at Ziro Valley

  • Visit the Ziro Festival of Music in September

  • Indulge in the never ending festivities of the Apatanis at Ziro Valley

  • Take a walk along the lush green paddy fields of Ziro Valley

  • Visit the tallest natural formed Shiva lingam at Kardeo

  • Visit the Hari Rantu Sacred Groves at Ziro Valley

  • Indulge in luxury at the Sirro Resort at Ziro Valley

  • Visit the Talley Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Visit the Meghna Cave Temple at Daporijo

  • Be a part of the adventure journey to Ziro Valley