- Encounters with locals
- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Culture (paddy field, coffee, tea ...)
- Sustainable Tourism
- Off the beaten track
When visiting India, the main reason for making a trip to the Ziro Valley is to encounter the astonishing Apatani people. The villages of Hong, Hijo and Hari feel mystical and otherworldly in atmosphere and visiting them gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the everyday life of the clans who live there. As animists, the Apatani venerate the sun and the moon. Their shamans read the future in hens' eggs and conduct unusual rituals.
When I came here, I got to stay the night with several charming families and visit the temple with them as well as consult a shaman, try rat meat and drink apon, the rice beer the Apatani are so fond of. Though their way of life is very different from ours, it's very easy to build rapport with them. They are very proud of their culture and very inquisitive about other ways of life.
The Ziro Valley is covered with rice fields in which the local inhabitants practice fish farming. It is also a great place to tour by motorbike. Additionally, there are the local plants and animals to see too, the emblematic gayal (or mithun) included. My visit here was simply unforgettable and probably represents one of my best memories of India.