Ziro valley is a popular tourist destination in the central part of Arunachal Pradesh. Ziro is famous for its natural beauty and Hills. Ziro is situated on the Apatani Plateau and is declared a World Heritage Site by the UN as it is the cultural heritage site of the Apatani tribe. Ziro is situated approximately 1,500 meters above the mean sea level.
By Flight – Arunachal Pradesh is not the most easily accessible destination. There is no major airport in the state. All air connectivity is through the airports in neighbouring Assam. The nearest major airport to Ziro is at Jorhat about 200 km away and takes about 9 hours to reach. There is another airport at Lilabari in the North Lakhimpur district which is approximately 120 km from Ziro Valley and has connecting flights only with Guwahati. Guwahati airport is the most well-connected in the region and is 450 km away.
By Rail – Guwahati is also the main rail station in the region. The nearest major train station is Naharlagun station on the outskirts of the capital Itanagar. The station is about 100 km and 4 hour drive from Ziro and is probably one of the best ways to reach here. The Naharlagun station was inaugurated in 2014 and has regular connecting trains with Guwahati as well as with Delhi.
By Road – National Highway 13 which connects east to west of Arunachal Pradesh passes through Ziro. The last mile connectivity to Ziro has to be by vehicle and through NH 13 as there is no airport or rail station in the valley itself.
The valley is not a place for typical sightseeing. Tourists visit here to mingle with the local Apatani people, walk or cycle around in the valley, trek or hike in the nearby area or simply bask in the open paddy fields.
Kile Pakho ridge is well known for its views and is a popular trekking point. Midey has large pine trees. Talley Valley wildlife sanctuary is known for its local variety of flora and fauna.
Ziro Festival of Music (ZFM).
The ZFM is a new addition to the tourism scene of Ziro. It is a music festival typically organized in the month of September in the Ziro valley. The northeast is popular for music and there are numerous local bands in the northeast many of whom come to Ziro and perform here. It is a 4-day festival where guests from all over the country come and stay in tents, homestays and hotels and enjoy local cuisine, mix with the local people and enjoy local music and culture.