Tourism in ZiroZiro is a beautiful hill station in Arunachal Pradesh. It draws tourists because of the scenic beauty of the town. The Ziro valley could be seen surrounded by pine trees. Ziro is famous for pine-clad hills and rice fields. It is an ideal place for trekking and hiking. In addition to the religious place of Shiva Lingam in Ziro, some of the other important places of tourist interest include:
Ziro PutuZiro Putu is a popular hill situated at old Ziro. It offers a view of the Ziro town. The cantonment of the Indian Army was earlier located at Ziro Putu. The first administrative centre was set up at this place after Independence. It is also called Army Putu by the locals. The airport is also located at the base of the hillock, in the midst of scenic paddy field.
Dilopolyang-ManiipolyangThis twin hillock lays on the way to Talley Valley.
Kile PakhoIt is a ridge located 7 km from old Ziro. From the place one can have a bird’s eye view of the Ziro plateau on one side and snow range of Himalayas called Nyime Pembuat the other.
MideyIt is famous for blue pine trees. One can trek through bamboo grove beneath the paddy field to see the blue pine.
Menga’s Natural CaveIt is situated 19 km from Ziro. Tourists have to crawl to see the natural beauty of the narrow crevice of the cave.
Dolo MandoIt is a hillock of the legendary couple of Dolo and Mando.
Meghna Cave TempleThis is a tourist spot in Ziro which definitely needs a visit due to its age-old ancestry. The cave temple dates back to as much as 5000 years; it was re-discovered in 1962. At a height of 300 feet, the temple location gives one a scenic view of the surrounding place. Dense forests, lush greenery and majestic mountains surround the area along with the beautiful river flowing below giving it a breath taking touch. Only visiting the place can make one really feel the beauty of the place.
District Industries CentreAlso known as D.I.C., the District Industries Centre in Ziro is just 1 km away from Ziro. It is a centre which is wonderfully managed and ethnic handloom and handicraft items are displayed for people to learn about the local tradition. These items can also be bought by the people.
Pine GroveLocated 3 kms. away from Ziro, Pine Grove is a frequent destination in Ziro which tourists visit. It looks very beautiful with the pine trees extended all over the place. Locals and tourists both go to the place to have some green time for the pine trees create majestic scenery in the place.
Tipi Orchid Research CentreCovering an area of 10 hectares of land, the Tipi Orchid research centre is located amidst the rain forest and the hills of Ziro. The centre houses as many as 1000 different species of orchids. The view of the orchids is itself a sight of wonder. Visiting Ziro, one must never skip on the Orchid research centre.
Talley Valley Wildlife SanctuaryTalley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is located at Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh. The sanctuary is located 30 km from Ziro town. It is one of the most important attractions of the Ziro town. The government of Arunachal Pradesh has declared it a wildlife sanctuary.
Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a natural botanical garden. The sanctuary is spread over an area of 337 sq km. Talley is a plateau at an altitude of 2400 meters. The wildlife sanctuary is abundant in rich flora and fauna. There are dense forest of silver trees, ferns, bamboo and rhododendron. The sanctuary house many exotic orchids. The whole area is covered with pine trees. The area has one of the endangered species - the clouded leopard. It is also home to the Mithun (cross breed of wild gaur and buffalo), a shy type of animal. Talley camp is 30 km from Ziro.
Tourists can have ample scope of sightseeing in the sanctuary. The sanctuary’s exotic flora and fauna is the major attraction of the site. Fishing and hunting is banned in the sanctuary. Talley Valley Trekking is one of the important activities of tourists coming to Ziro. The area is nature’s paradise with abundant greenery. This is a totally radiant region with glacial terrain, alpine meadows and sub tropic rain forest region.
Talley Valley site is an ideal trekking place. Tourists from across the world come to the place to enjoy the biodiversity of the region. It is one of the important places of eco tourism. The whole area is surrounded by natural vegetation and pine and bamboo trees. The experience at the height of 2400 metres is a thrill and excitement to the trekkers and adventure lovers. The villages of Apatani could also be seen from the place. The clouded leopard can also be seen by the tourists while trekking at the place.
Shiva Linga TempleThe Shiva Linga temple at Ziro is one of the most important religious spots in the place. It is thronged by large number of devotees every day. Maha Shivaratri is the main festival celebrated in the temple. During Maha Shivaratri large number of tourists visit the place.
The Shiva Linga is located at the Sidheswar Nath temple in Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh. It is 4 kilometers away from Hapoli town. The Shiva Linga is considered to be one of the tallest in the world.
Structure of Shiva LingaThe Shiva Linga is 25 feet high and 22 feet in width. It was built in 2004. From the base of the lingam water flows constantly. It is said that Goddess Ganga lives with Shiva in the place. The temple also has idols of lord Ganesh and goddess Parvati.
Discovery of Shiva LingaThe lingam was discovered by a person of Nepali origin. It is said that once when the person was cutting a tree,it fell near a stone. Reaching the stone the person could identify it as not merely a stone and that it had religious significance. It is also said that the Shiva lingam in Ziro has been mentioned in the Shiva Purana also.
How to reach Shiva LingaBy Air:
The Shiva Lingam is situated 4 km away from Hapoli town in Ziro. The nearest airport is Tezpur in Assam.
The nearest railway station to Ziro is North Lakhimpur in Assam.
Ziro could be reached by bus or taxi from North Lakhimpur in Assam and Itanagar.
Ziro Festival of MusicThis is a festival which has been gaining a lot of tourists since the last 3 years. The Ziro festival of Music started in the year 2012. And since then it has become a trend to visit the place and learn about the ethnicity of the Ziro Valley. A place so beautiful and serene, addition of music to it gives it an ambiance of heavenly pleasure.
With camps all around and available food which includes primarily local food and drinks, one can enjoy the view and listen to soulful music at the same time. Bands from all over India perform in this music festival and today with its rising popularity, even bands from outside India come to perform in this celebration arena.
To know more about Ziro festival music and book tickets, visit here.
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