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Another list of top 9 reasons why you must attend the Ziro festival of Music – Last Updated on 02/08/2019

Planning a trip to the Ziro Festival of Music with the responsibility of putting up 75 people comfortably in a campsite was the coming of age for ChaloHoppo as an experiential travel company in 2016. Since then in 2017 and 2018 we hosted more than 150 festival goers. What we learned from this mega camping experience shall be shared in a later post but this is what we understood about the Ziro festival of music and why you must attend it. Here are 9 reasons (that we could think of) why you must attend the festival: 

1) Get detached from the world to associate with yourself

Far, far away from the city life as you will find out when you Google Ziro’s location, this valley village will give you a quiet time to reflect upon life. For all the times when you wished no one could find you and there would be no worries, even if it was ephemeral, this is it.  The beauty of the landscape and the intriguing culture and food will give you ample opportunity to connect to yourself.

ChaloHoppo girl Pritika does a hair-flip at the ChaloHoppo camp in Ziro
Do what you please

2) Stay away from the usual large crowds at various music concerts

This music festival is great for those who love music but hate being surrounded by the masses. No rush from one stage to the other.No long queues at the bar. No losing friends in the crowd. Just an uninterrupted view of amazing paddy fields and harmonious music.

A view of the day stage at the Ziro festival of music
Lie on the grass and enjoy your music

3) This will be a road trip to remember as you encounter rustic beauty during your journey to the venue

The music festival is a bonus to visiting beautiful Northeast India.
It is not all about the music festival. So, even if you read this and feel like you aren’t a music festival person then you need not worry. Come here to witness nature’s magic and soothe your soul, music will only add on, to what nature has crafted perfectly for your eyes.

A view of the golden paddy fields of Ziro with the hills in the backdrop
So, you know you will enjoy your walk to the toilet.

4) Bid a short goodbye to your typical life, at a low cost

This is the farthest you can get away from all the hustle and bustle of the drudgery of work or whatever you are stuck in. Forget about your managers, leads, team members, laptops and all your excel sheets. Yes, Europe would be amazing but this comes at one fifth the price so take it. For example, a complete package of Ziro festival including festival passes, 4 nights of camping with all meals and transfer from Guwahati railway station and back costs only Rs 20,500 inclusive of taxes. 

A lady sits on a bamboo platform overlooking the golden paddy fields of Ziro at ZFM 2018
All of that to yourself, when you want it.

Also, read 18 reasons why you must visit the magical land of Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh.

5) Feel the essence of a festival largely organized by the locals:

It is truly a community-led event and an ideal representation of how music can connect people from different demographics and socio-economic backgrounds. The Apatanis are helpful and welcoming of everyone who comes down to their land.

A tourist poses with an old tattooed Apatani woman
Just be respectful and seek permission and they will be happy to pose

6) Quench all your queries regarding the Apatani tribe

Meet the Apatani people who you must have read about or seen images of, on the internet. The Apatani people are easily identified by their distinct face tattoos and nose piercings. Talk to them, make merry and break bread or rather tear meat with them. The vibe is not just at the venue but the surrounding villages.

ChaloHoppo Guy Devraj and a local Apatani lady inside a traditional home in Hong village at Ziro
Learn about the local culture through village walks and home visits

7) Get acquainted with delicacies that you have never heard of

You may not drool at the sight of fried frogs, roasted rats and grasshoppers on skewers but it is a rare display of delicacies; one that you should savour in your memories if not your stomach. For the less adventurous ones, there’s plenty of pork, beer, and chicken on offer and of course veg stuff as well, but limited options. Good enough to survive. And yes those vegetarians who choose to camp with us, they will have a decent menu to pick from, at the campsite.

Freshly caught fish being roasted over an open fire in Ziro
The fresh catch being roasted over an open fire

8) For once do away with the Kingfishers and the Budweisers

Different types of homemade wines on display at a stall in Ziro festival of music
That’s fresh on the tap! Kiwi, pineapple, plum, you name it!

This is the best part of the festival where you have multiple options of local brews to choose from. Since each brew has a distinct taste, you spend the first couple of days sampling varieties to finally settle down your choice of poison. You then spend the next two days chugging the drink from your bamboo glasses.

9) Fall in love and stay in love forever

If you’re in love and want to spend some peaceful time with your partner, bring him or her along. Let, the music weave magic to soothe you and your beloved’s soul. Enjoy the lovely moments of life and build memories of a lifetime. Make new friends to share your joys with. We, of course, have stories of campers who fell in love and eventually got married! Yes, at the campsite! 

ChaloHoppo guy John hangs out with two ladies at the ChaloHoppo camp in Ziro
People socialising at the ChaloHoppo campsite

ChaloHoppo puts up a lovely campsite called the ChaloHoppo village at the Ziro festival of music every year and also plans other trips to the region before and after the trip. Book your tents for Ziro festival of music 2019.

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