“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home” – Gary Snyder
A trip to Ziro is what you need this summer! Ziro is a small, unusual yet beautiful hill station hidden in the eastern Himalayas of Arunachal Pradesh. Ziro is one of the oldest towns in the state. Home to the famous Apatani Tribe, Ziro is all about flora and fauna. Escape to this wonderful hill station this weekend for a memorable journey of your life!
Places to visit in Ziro:
Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
There are several Wildlife Sanctuaries in India and Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is one of them. Home to various endangered species of plants and animals it is 16 km from Ziro and is one of the leading attractions. The sanctuary has leopards, various species of butterflies, silver fir trees, stunning bamboos and ferns.
Shiva Lingam at Kardo Forest
This is a miraculous place at Kardo Forest in Ziro where a Shiva Lingam was discovered. This Shiva Lingam is 25 ft tall and 22 ft wide and is thronged by a large number of devotees every day. The place is about 4 km away from Hapoli township.
Meghna Cave Temple
At an altitude of 300 ft, this majestic cave temple is surrounded by dense forest, lush greenery and stunning views which surely give you a wonderful experience. The ancient cave temple in Ziro is indeed a breathtaking place.
Kile Pakho is a delightful place for nature lovers as one can get amazing views from the place. The Ziro plateau is on one side and snow-clad Himalayan ranges on the other side. Situated 7 km from old Ziro, the scenic beauty of Kile Pakho cannot be compared to any other place in Ziro.
Tarin Fish Farm
One of the most popular destination, Tarin Fish Farm is a unique place in Ziro. Located at a distance of about 3 km from Hapoli Town, this place breeds high altitude fish. Surrounded by big pine and bamboo trees, Tarin Fish Farm is a fun place to visit.
How to reach Ziro:
Airport : Wondering how to reach Ziro? Well, the nearest airport to reach Ziro is in Tezpur. The distance from Tezpur Airport to Ziro is about 272 km.
Rail: The nearest railway station to reach Ziro is Naharlagun. Guwahati to Naharlagun train takes nearly 8 hours to cover the distance. After which it is a 4-hour drive to reach Ziro.
Road: To reach Ziro, there are direct buses which are available from North Lakhimpur and Itanagar. The distance between North Lakhimpur to Ziro is about 117 km and the distance between Itanagar to Ziro is about 110 km.
Where to stay:
Ziro has beautiful resorts with great amenities to make your stay comfortable, yet a memorable one. On the other hand, the weather in Ziro makes it more enduring for everyone.
Built fully with thick pine trees, Siiro Resort is one of a kind. Located at Siiro Village, the resort is completely surrounded by natural forests. This resort will surely enhance your experience in Ziro.
Ziro Valley Resort
A great place to stay and explore the surroundings of Ziro. Ziro Valley Resort is a quiet place where one can relax and have a cosy time with loved ones. Experience the local cuisine of Ziro while relaxing in a wonderful place.
Tips: Ziro is one of the destinations that require inner line permit. Every visitor (Indian and foreigners) needs a special permit to enter Arunachal Pradesh. For Indians an Inner Line Permit (ILP) and for foreigners, a Protected Area Permit are required.
A trip to Ziro amazes every visitor and you will be at a loss for words. Cool summers and cooler winters are two main characteristics of Ziro. The alluring landscape of this scenic place will mesmerise you to the core. So what are you waiting for? Start planning a trip and embark on a journey which will make great memories for you! Keep us posted, Cheers!
Photo Credit: Siiro Resort