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.
when & where
Where: Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh
How to get to Ziro Valley
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.
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.
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.