Myoko Festival

Tribal festivals at Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

Festivals at Ziro are unlike anything most travellers have ever witnessed or participated in. The festival is hosted by the friendly people of the Aptani tribe. The Aptani are an agrarian tribe that still lives in Bamboo thatched accommodations, loves music and dancing and have strange shamanistic rituals.

Myoko Festival at Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

The Myoko festival is the time for purification in the Apatani Tribe at Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh. The shamans of the Aptani Tribe perform rites and rituals inviting prosperity, fertility, purification and sacrifice. In addition to the rituals, celebrations include folk performances and processions.

Festivals at Ziro: Ladies of the Aptani Tribe
Myoko Festival

when & where

When: March 20 to 30
Where: Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh
Ziro Music Festival
Over the last few years, the Ziro Music Festival has grown in popularity. Founded in 2012 by a bunch of musicians, including Bobby Hano and Menwhopause guitarist Anup Kutty, the Ziro Festival is an occasion of music revelry in the North East Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. The Aptani Tribe hosts this four day long music festival. Ziro Valley, where the festival is held, is among the most picturesque locations in the region.
At the festival, for four days, visitors are treated to impressive music. Moreover, there are facilities of camp accommodation close to the venue so that music lovers can rest and return to the veue as needed.

How to get to Ziro Valley

By Air

Tezpur in the state of Assam is the closest airport to Ziro Valley. However, flights are regularly cancelled here without prior warning, making flying through here an unreliable option. So, Guwahati airport, connected by frequent flights to all major Indian cities, is probably the better option.

Ziro Valley, pic coursey:
Ziro Valley, pic coursey:

By Rail

The nearest railway station is North Lakhimpur in Assam, and is accessible by Arunachal Express from New Bongaigaon Station. The train station is around 180 kilometers North West of Guwahati.

By Road

In addition to air and rail routes, Ziro Valley is easily accessible via buses which from Guwahati, Itanagar and North Lakhimpur.

Situated at an elevation of 5,500 feet, and framed by dreamy, misty mountains, the Ziro Valley is the perfect music festival venue. The festivals at Ziro Valley should be a must-do on your backpacking India list.

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