Ziro in India – A Small Picturesque Ideal Place for Trekking & Hiking

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Ziro - Quick Facts

Area: 337 sq. km.
Population: 12,289
Altitude: 5754 ft. (approx.) above sea level
Season: Oct to Apr
Clothing: Summer- Cottons, Winters– Woolens
Rainfall: 1600 mm. (Average yearly)
Language: Monapa, Hindi & English
Festivals/Fairs: Igu Dance Festival (January), Makar Sankranti (January)

Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh is located at an altitude of 5754 ft. (1,780m) from the sea level. This high town is almost a level valley enveloped on all sides by pine clad low stooping hills. Ziro is the land of Apatani tribals. Ziro is a small picturesque destination with Pine and Bamboo groves, villages, a craft centre and Tarin Fish Farm, which is located at a high altitude and also to see, is the indigenous method of rice cultivation.
Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh is also called Apatani Plateau, which is famous for Paddy-cum-Fish culture. This place also comprise of the quietly flowing rivers of Subansiri, Nishi, Apatani, Dafla, and Miri. Ziro is an ideal place for trekking and hiking.

By Air
Nearest Airport is Lilabari

By Rail

Nearest Rail Station is Lakhimpur (90 km)

By Road

Well Connected by Itanagar

Tale Wildlife Sanctuary
This natural abode is just 30 km from Zero. The natural garden covers an area of 337 sq.km and is home to great number of flora and fauna. Popular attractions of the forest are Mithun, Clouded Leopards, Bears and orchids.

The Town

Just like the capital Itanagar, the town Ziro has also developed in two parts within 5 km distance. Crossing 1,750 m high Hapoli or Old Zero, road advances 200 m downwards to new town Ziro At the end of the city there is a Government Handicraft Centre, from where you can collect hat made of cane or bamboo and other articles as souvenirs.

Tale Sanctuary

Go 30 km by Jeep from Zero crossing Siro / Manipoylong settlement / Ponge and trek further 8 km to Tale Sanctuary? The sanctuary is a natural botanical garden stretched throughout the valley with an area of 337sq km. The nature and character of flora and fauna also vary here with the variation of the height. Some of the famous attractions found over here include Mithun, Clouded Leopards, and Bears along with varied orchids.

In and around
Trekkers can go high hills, up and down and explore the blessed beauty of Ziro. Hapoli or Old Zero situated 1; 750 m high above the sea level pave the way to new town, Ziro. Travelers can visit the Government-run Handicraft Centre and buy artifacts made of bamboos.

Kile Pakho
A ridge located at 7 km. from old Ziro. In a fine morning, one can have clear bird views of Ziro plateau on one side and snow range of Himalayas.

Pine Groove

Pine clad area about 3 km. from old Ziro. GREF (Border Road organization) established in December 1961 is located around this scenic grandeur.


A place famous for gigantic SAT-NII PIISHA and SAMENII, a Blue pine tree (Pinus wallichina) being biggest and tallest tree in the Apatani valley measuring about 7 (seven) metre at GBH (girth at breast height) One can trek through bamboo groove beneath the paddy field to this see this gigantic blue pine trees which is 2 Km from old Ziro.

Ziro Putu

Sometime called ARMY PUTU is a Hillock at old Ziro where first administrative centre was set up after India independence and ARMY cantonment was located in sixties. From this hillock one can have bird eye view of Apatani plateau. The Airport is also located beneath this hillock in the midst of the scenic paddy field.

Dolo Mando

A hillock of legendary love affairs between DOLO & MANDO. It is located at 2 KM from Hapoli towards Old Ziro on the western side of Ziro Daporijo Road. One can trek to the top to see the Hapoli Town in one side and old Ziro on other side.


District Industries Centre located at 1 km. from Distt. Hq. Ziro (Hapoli), where traditional handlooms & handicrafts and others traditional items are displayed and also available for sale at competitive rate.

Tibetan carpets, paintings and thangkas to take back home the crafts have intricate carvings and interesting themes and are quite different from anything you would get back home.

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