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Ziro Music Festival

The Music festival of Ziro 2020 is an annual event to promote tourism in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. It was started in 2013 by Mr. Hano Boby. The location of the event is mesmerizing with its pristine beauty. Ziro is inhabited by the Apatani tribes. Music lovers can enjoy the live events of their favorite artists. Now coming to this year event, as of now the, it is still uncertain whether there will be any event because Coronavirus pandemic has had serious impact on travelling. You may stay updated by regularly visiting the official website here

Popular bands performed at Music Festival Ziro:

  • Acid Mothers Temple
  • Amrit Rao and The Madrascals
  • Lucky Ali
  • Tetseo Sisters
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So, you must have realized that the event offer great deal to nature and music lover but be ready to burn some hole in your pocket. Because the ticket price is bit high for an event which is supposed to promote tourism in state. In this matter the state government should come with ideas to make the event affordable, so that even the local people can enjoy the event. But for music and nature lover nothing is costly- the ticket can be bought from here.

Other tourists Attraction and Activities

The music festival offers tourists the opportunity to explore the way of living of Apatani people. The organizers arranges one day tour of villages in order to explore the culture of Apatanies and tribal society. Besides music people can have local delicacies and enjoy local rice wine (apong). One can roll over the muddy but clean rice field and try to catch live fish from the rice field. The wet cultivation cum pisci-culture of Apatani people is very popular. After enjoying the melody of music for 3 days, people can explore the nearby tourists places in and around Ziro. The Popular tourists places are:

  • Talley Valley Wildlife SanctuaryTalley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary covers 337 sq.
  • Meghna Cave Temple.
  • Kile Pakho.
  • Midey.
  • Ziro Puto.
  • Dolo Mando.
  • Hapoli.
  • Dilopolyang Maniipolyang

The Meghna Cave temple at Kardo, Ziro houses the biggest Shiva Linga in Asia, which stands at mighty 25 feet tall. Although the temple is located deep inside the forest but the road to the temple is motorable, so one can hire a vehicle from Hapoli to reach the temple. But the devotees often prefer to hike their way up to the temple by climbing the staircase.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cAX8if2Hbk
Pisci-culture in Ziro

How to reach Ziro/ Inner Line Permit

Before making any plan to visit Ziro, one must have valid documents to enter Arunachal Pradesh to avoid hassle because Arunachal Pradesh is a protected area. This document is called ILP (Inner Line Permit). In order to obtain the permit one may contact the addresses given below-

  • Deputy Resident Commissioner,
    Government of Arunachal Pradesh,
    CE-109, Sector-1, Salt Lake City,
    Calcutta,
    Phone: 033-23341243, 23584107.
  • Deputy Resident Commissioner,
    Government of Arunachal Pradesh,
    Shillong – 793001,
    Meghalaya
    ,
    Phone: 0364-2224247, 2223895.
  • Deputy Resident Commissioner,
    Government of Arunachal Pradesh,
    R.G. Baruah Road,
    Guwahati-781021,
    Assam,
    Phone: 0361-2562859, 2566720.

People from outside the state may reach the state capital Itanagar via road, train and flight. After reaching Itanagar you have to book sumo to Ziro. The journey from Itanagar to Ziro takes around 4 hours. You can book sumo from the counter Arunachal Tours and Travels. Phone- 9774353171, Itanagar, Near Mithun Gate.

Where to stay

In order to provide the experience of nature, the organizers provides campsites in and around the festival venue, which is also quite affordable. Moreover, there are many hotels in the nearest town Hapoli. And if one wishes, the arrangement of homestay is also provided to tourists.

  • Hotel Blue Pine- Ph-03788-224812/225223/ 224974
  • City Hotel-Ph- 9615510033
  • Hotel Pine Ridge-03788-224725
Mani Polyang

Criticism

Although the festival has gained huge popularity among music enthusiast and has done well to promote the tourism in state, but the event has attracted some flakes from certain groups of local community. During the three days event many local youngsters may be seen intoxicated and involve in immoral behavior. Consequently, many local based NGOs have came forward expressing concern about the impact, the festival is having on local youths. However, on the other hand many local youth/student organisations have expressed their interest to volunteer as vigilante in and around the venue to stop such nuisance.

With the sincere efforts from local organisations and helping hands from district administration, festival is being successfully conducted without hurting the sentiments of local community. We as a music lover would love to see the event attract many more international artists and goes global.

By _byai

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