Ziro Festival of Music

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The Ziro Festival of Music is an outdoor music festival held in the Ziro valley in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. It showcases the independent music scene in India. The festival was founded in 2012 by Bobby Hano and Menwhopause guitarist Anup Kutty, and has featured artists like Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, Damo Suzuki, Shye Ben Tzur, Louw Majaw, Sha'air n Func, Indus Creed, Peter Cat Recording Co, Menwhopause, Guru Rewben Mashangva, and Barmer Boys among others. The festival is spread over four days and is hosted by members of the Apatani people in Ziro.

The Journey: The journey to the Ziro Festival of Music is an adventurous one. There aren't any direct flights to Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh; and hence, a direct flight is taken to Guwahati, Assam, which is around 440km from Ziro Valley. There's a train that can be boarded in the morning, evening or late in the night from Guwahati, a journey of approximately 7 hours and 40 minutes, to Naharlagun, a town situated in the foothills of Himalayas in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

The final part to the journey is catching a taxi, mostly a jeep, from the Naharlagun station to Ziro Valley, a 3 hour 30 minute ride through the rugged mountainous terrain passing through landslid hit areas, rocky roads and tight turns; with cold winds accompanying you throughout the drive. There's always one particular stop on the way where most travelers take a break, have a cup of hot tea, a light meal and they're on their way to the destination of Ziro Valley.[1]