Ziro is a picturesque valley located about 167 Km from Itanagar, in the Northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Situated at a height of over 1,500 m above sea level, this land of Apatani people, is an uneven valley dotted with a number of hillocks beneath lush, paddy fields. Ziro Valley has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site nominee for several years as the cradle for its unique Apatni cultural landscape. The administrative center and hub for economic activities in the valley is a town called Hapoli, locally known by the Apatanis as "Hao-Polyang". In recent times, Ziro has also become famous for the Ziro Festival of Music, which is held annually in the valley and features some of the best indie acts from around the world as well as leading folk musicians from Northeast India. The only drawback is all visitors need permissions - the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for Indians and Protected Area Permit for foreigners. 


Things to do in Ziro!





Ziro is a beautiful valley filled with rice fields and beautiful little villages of the Apatani tribes who inhabit this area.

Ziro is basically made of old Ziro, Hapoli and Manii Polyang. These are the three divisions of Ziro. Old Ziro is an Army cantonment area, Hapoli is mainly a British built area and Manii Polyang is the extension of the town that was built to shift some offices.

Getting around

General info

  • Ziro Valley is served by the Tezpur Airport, located 296 Km from the city center.


  • The Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Department coordinates the operation of the train service.
  • The nearest railway station to Ziro is Dekargaon Railway station, 7 Km from Tezpur. Rangapara North Railway Station is approx. 25 Km from Tezpur.
  • Refer here for details.



  • Restaurants: You can tip 5-10% but this is not mandatory and if your bill includes service charge you do not need to give any tip.
  • Bars: Tipping at bars is unusual but if you give INR 50.00 to INR 100.00 to the bartender on your first drink you can enjoy trouble free service.
  • Taxis: Visitors are not expected to tip the taxi drivers in India.
  • Hotel Porters/Concierge: The Hotel Porters/ Concierge should be tipped INR 20.00 per bag.

Staying connected

  • India mainly uses GSM 900 and 1800 frequency bands. The phone must be unlocked to accept the country’s SIM card.
  • You can buy the SIM card at airport, markets, etc. Due to security reasons you may have to provide additional information for buying a SIM card.
  • You can recharge the SIM card online, markets, etc.
  • The following are the service providers in India for Prepaid SIM cards and Other Pay As You Go Options:

Eat / Drink


  • Apatani cuisine like most tribal fare is heavy on the boiled meat, and rice, which along with fermented bamboo shoots mark the three staple ingredients of the cuisine.  Tapyo, an indigenous salt developed by the Apatanis, is used in the preparation of many traditional dishes, and also used as an alternative salt. Rats are a delicacy in Ziro.
  • Popular dishes:
    • Suddu yo (bamboo meat): A mixture of chicken mince and egg yolk prepared in tender bamboo stems.
    • Peeke - A dish of bamboo shoots, pork and tapiyo (vegetarian salt).
    • Dani Apu Komoh or Kormo Pila: A tangy chutney made with sunflower seeds, ginger, garlic, tomato, chilli, salt and butter.
    • Gyapa Khazi - Rice pulao with fermented cheese, shrimp or dried fish and other spices
    • Zan - A dish made of millets and had with vegetables or meat and fermented cheese)




  • Apong is a local brew made of fermented millet and rice.

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