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Blessed with scenic grandeur, an unmatched landscape and hiding in its folds many an enticing trekking trail, the Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh is the perfect escape for adventure and nature lovers alike. It is one of the few destinations in the world to have earned the status of a World Heritage Site for its breathtakingly beautiful locales marked by lush green rice fields, snow-capped mountains, towering pine trees, and bamboo groves. Soak up the beauty of this enticing destination to the fullest with these top things to do in Ziro Valley: Spend Time in Apatani Villages Apart from its scintillating natural beauty, the native Apatani tribe also adds to the uniqueness of the Ziro Valley. Experience the indigenous culture of this place by spending some time in the Apatani villages of Siiro, Baro, Bula, Hong and Hari. You can sign up for a guided tour of these villages, visit…

Tucked away in the towering mountains of Arunachal Pradesh lies the entrancing Ziro Valley that hypnotises anyone who dares to take on this formidable journey with its natural beauty, infectious charm and a whole different way of life. Over recent years, Ziro Valley has gained some popularity among music lovers, thanks to the annual cultural extravaganza – the Ziro Music Festival. Other than that, the place remains largely untouched by tourists, making it the perfect retreat for travellers willing to embark on arduous journeys to reconnect with nature. It is a great destination for adventure lovers too. This travel guide to Ziro Valley will tell you everything you need to know about the land of quaint villages, rice fields, rolling green hills, soulful trekking trails and exhilarating camping experiences: What Makes Ziro Valley Special The Ziro Valley lies between the Kamla and Panior rivers that flow through Arunachal Pradesh. The…

Tawang, a remote hill station in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, is a destination brimming over with natural beauty, cultural heritage and military history. Sharing its border with Tibet to the north and Bhutan to the west, Tawang is dotted with majestic mountains, breathtaking gorges, passes and water bodies that bring in a hypnotic charm to this place. The natural beauty aside, this hill town is home to one of the highest motorable passes and the second largest Buddhist monastery in the world, the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama, the epicentre of the Indo-China war and continues to be a disputed territory between the two countries. This rich history contributes to the vibrancy and legacy of Tawang, making it a desirable destination for anyone with a penchant for travelling. However, given the remote location of this place, coupled with unpredictable weather and poor road conditions, travelling to Tawang…

A trip to Tawang is like an escape into paradise. As you cross the Sela Pass and enter the Tawang district, you feel you as if you have been transported to fairy land. The eastern Himalayas with their hypnotic beauty and charm, the innumerable mountain ranges with clouds floating atop, different hues of vegetation all around make this hill region a delight to behold. Our trip to Tawang began at the Sela Pass at 13,700 ft above sea above sea level, with icy cold winds blowing throughout the year. The Sela Lake here was the first breathtaking sight we were greeted by. The lake remains frozen for nearly four to five months a year and feeds the Nurangang River. Some of the highlights from our trip to Tawang include: Jaswant Garh The road follows the Nurangang River to Jaswant Garh, where there is a War Memorial named after the Subedar…

The winding roads that lead to the Sang Ngag Choekar Dargyeling, or the Chillipam Monastery as it is commonly called, near Rupa town in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, will make you feel dizzy at times but the view of the monastery just before reaching it is worth the effort. The view of the majestic Chillipam Monastery from below the hill is a sight to behold and I surrendered my senses this rare sight as soon as I caught it. The enormity of this magnificent monastery dawns on you only when you reach the hilltop and stand at its threshold. The colourful prayer flags fluttering in the strong winds and the lamas going about their daily routine have a strange sense of serenity that will leave you speechless. The foundation stone for the Chillipam Monastery was laid by the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh in 1988 and it…