Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh

Customs And Lifestyle Of Apatani Tribe Of Ziro In Arunachal Pradesh

Author: Tanuja Rai
Date: 2020-03-26

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Arunachal Pradesh tucked away in the Northeast region of India is one beautiful treasure house of nature, which tempts travelers to visit the place and relax in its picturesque hills and valleys. This beautiful state in the Eastern side of the country is encircled on three sides by Bhutan, China, and Myanmar. People from all around the world come to Arunachal Pradesh to relive in nature in full splendor and enjoy the mild comfortable atmosphere with hospitable people. Arunachal Pradesh has so much to offer and is blessed with mesmerizing natural beauty. Many famous monasteries, beautiful lakes, mild weather, unexplored passes all come together to form the prettiest mountainous spots attracting tourists from everywhere. Arunachal Pradesh is not only famous for its natural beauty but also for its rich culture and tribal heritage. This state has around 26 tribal groups with unique identities and cultures. One of the popular and interesting groups of these tribes is the Apatani tribe.

Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh

A glimpse of the beautiful Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh

The Apatanis are one of the interesting ethnic groups of Arunachal Pradesh in the eastern Himalayas. They have a distinct civilization and reside in the beautiful valleys of Ziro. Ziro is a famous tourist spot in Arunachal Pradesh, which is surrounded by pretty rolling hills with lush bamboos and rice fields spread across large areas. Ziro is topographically cut off from the populated regions of Arunachal Pradesh and visitors are able to experience the countryside lifestyle here. The population in Ziro is very less compared to other places in the state and the population is formed by the Apatani tribal group in Ziro. Visitors in Arunachal Pradesh visit Ziro not just to witness the beauty of the place and to see the co-existence of man and nature in perfect balance, but also because the Apatanis drive people curious about their tribe.

The culture and appearance of the tribe residing in the hills of Ziro are quite interesting. The stunning valleys of Ziro inhabited by this group of people lie tucked in lower ranges of the majestic Himalayas comprising a large amount of land perfect for cultivation. The Apatani tribe has rich traditional ecological knowledge of natural resources management and conservation acquired over the centuries. These people not only make the valleys of Ziro rich with rice cultivation but also celebrate many colorful festivals and are skilled in designing intricate handlooms and make handicrafts out of cane and bamboos. Apatanis are also known for their vibrant and colorful festivals, you should visit Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh when the tribal group spread colors of joy in the whole Ziro during these festivals.

Rice fields of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh

Rice fields of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh

The villages in Ziro where Apatanis reside are also considered as one of the oldest villages in Arunachal Pradesh. Hidden in between the dense beautiful forests of Arunachal Pradesh, the village in Ziro is home to the interesting tribe, Apatanis magnetizing tourists towards them and the valleys of Ziro. Unlike many other tribes, this tribe is non-nomadic and is permanently settled in Ziro. These people practice wetland cultivation in the terrain by slicing hills whereas other tribes in this state practice cultivation in dry land by cutting down forests. The Apatanis in Ziro do not use any farm animals or machines for cultivation; however, they are popular for extremely high productivity and unique traditional ways of preserving ecology which led UNESCO to propose the Apatanis in Ziro valley for including as a World Heritage Site.