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Ziro Festival of Music

(Last Updated 16 Jun, 2023)

  • Dates :

    29/09/2023 - 02/10/2023

  • Location :

    Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

The Ziro Music Festival is an incredible occasion of music festivity in the Indian North-Eastern State of Arunachal Pradesh. It was founded in 2012 by Bobby Hano and Menwhopause guitarist Anup Kutty. Spanning over 4 days, the festival is hosted by the Apatani tribe of the Ziro Valley, one of the most picturesque locations in the state. Situated at 5,500 feet above sea level, the valley is a fantastic venue for this fabulous gala, surrounded by misty mountains. Exhibiting a tremendous independent music scene in India, the Ziro Festival is a phenomenal and exciting event to attend.

History of Ziro Festival

The Ziro Valley is home to the Apatani tribe, one of the most friendly and hospitable people who, essentially, are agrarian. The love of the North-East Indian people and the people of the Apatani tribe, in particular, for music is well-known. To express this natural inclination toward music and vent their desire, Ziro Festival was born in 2012 through the efforts of Bobby Hano and Menwhopause guitarist Anup Kutty.

Since its inception, the festival has drawn huge crowds from all across the country and abroad to listen to talented artists and enjoy their performances.

How to Celebrations Ziro Festival

The Ziro Festival is widely known to be one of the greatest outdoor festivals in India. Celebrated with much enthusiasm and energy, it is also an excellent opportunity to showcase the musical talent of the fantastic artists of North East India besides promoting tourism in the state. As a result, the festival's popularity is spread far and wide.

Many national and international reputed bands and artists participate in this festival. For four consecutive days, visitors are treated to exciting and impressive tunes. The Ziro Festival of Music Arunachal Pradesh leaves you with cherishing memories and gives you many more reasons to return with redoubled energy.

Ziro Festival Dates

The Ziro Valley Festival will be celebrated for 4 days; the festival will delight the hearts of music lovers in September.

Entry to Ziro Festival of Music

To attend the Ziro Festival in Arunachal Pradesh, visitors are required to obtain certain permits. These include:

  • Inner Line Permit (ILP): Indian residents, excluding the natives of Arunachal, are required to get this permit to enter Arunachal Pradesh. It can be obtained either online or from the government offices of Arunachal Pradesh in Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Tezpur, Shillong, Jorhat, etc.
  • Protected Area Permit (PAP): Foreigners visiting Arunachal Pradesh to attend Ziro Festival need Protected Area Permit. They can get this from All Indian Missions abroad or the All Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRRO) in Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi. PAP can also be acquired from the Chief Immigration Officer in Chennai or the Home Ministry, Govt. of India, or Home Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh in Itanagar.

Places to Stay Ziro Valley

Ziro Music Festival camping is famous among the visitors. There are camps set  nearby the venue so that music lovers are never too far from their favorite artists and sessions. You can also book a hotel or a homestay near Ziro Festival as per your needs and budget.

How to Reach Ziro Valley

By Air

Tezpur in Assam is the nearest airport. However, flights are usually canceled without reason, and thus, it’s an unreliable option. The better option is the Guwahati Airport, connected by frequent flights to all major Indian cities.

By Rail

The nearest railway station for accessing the Ziro Festival is Naharlagun in Arunachal Pradesh. It is just 3 hours away from Ziro and can be reached by overnight train from Guwahati. You can opt for Shatabdi, but it operates only three times a week.

By Road

Ziro Valley can be reached through direct buses available from Guwahati, Itanagar, and North Lakhimpur. You can book a taxi from Guwahati to Ziro too, which will take about 7 hours.

Tips to visit in Zero Valley Festival

  • Accommodations like hotels, camps, and homestays are easily available in Ziro. Remember to book them in advance
  • If you want to perform at the Ziro Festival, you can send your profile to the authorities at the festival
  • You will find food stalls inside and outside the venue selling a variety of cuisines
  • Visitors are not allowed to carry any alcoholic beverage inside the venue. However, locally produced wines and beer will be available at the bar
  • There are no ATMs near the festival venue. The nearest one is half an hour away. So keep cash with you
  • Solo travelers can find people through online forums to travel together
  • Since the festival is set in the monsoon, carry umbrellas, gumboots, and other rain gear
  • For the early bird offer, book your tickets in advance

Hope this Ziro Music Festival guide will help you gain information. Besides, enjoying the talented artists’ performances, you can explore the Ziro Valley and the tribes. So grab your tickets to the happening Music Festival of Ziro and Arunachal Pradesh package from Indian Holiday to enjoy the best of both worlds - music and nature!

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