A Day’s Worth

A Day’s Worth
Ziro Valley after a day of rain, Photo Credit: Puneet K. Paliwal

It is an adventure and a quest for beauty, the drive from Itanagar to the Ziro valley

Puneet K. Paliwal
May 05 , 2020
02 Min Read

On paper, the drive from Itanagar to the vibrant Ziro Valley was a mere four-hour journey, and I had dreamed of a peaceful, picturesque drive. But four hours later, I was nowhere near my destination, bogged down by torrential rainfall and uncertain of this adventure that I had taken up. My driver—a young, anxious Deep Dey—was visibly upset and shivering. We were driving through a thick jungle, loud thunder with high-pitched insects as our only companions. The first time is rarely so pleasant (neither of us had ever been to Ziro Valley before) and hardly do people travel to the valley in June; the roads during the monsoon are hard to navigate and prone to landslides. 

Some seven hours later, an uphill drive finally brought us to Ziro. Tired and in need of some hot tea, we checked into a quaint homestay run by the local tribesmen. It was only after a bit of rest, did I realise that my dream had indeed come true. The Ziro Valley, covered in the rich foliage of pine and bamboo, was well worth the slippery slope of a drive. The stormy grey of the sky had turned to a soft blue, the dust had washed away giving way to a wide variety of green— nothing had ever been better. 

The Apatani are known for their paddy-cum-fishing fields

A copper mithun is a popular souvenir

Momos are famous at this eating joint

Traditional attire of Apatani women

Handwoven mats at a crafts centre

Mithun meat is a delicacy in Apatani culture

The Ziro Valley, covered in the rich foliage of pine and bamboo, was well worth the slippery slope of a drive. The grey sky had turned to a soft blue, all of it looking like a dream.

Wildflowers are found aplenty

Mithun skulls decorate a home

An old woman with face tattoos


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