1. I am more resilient than I thought. I underestimated myself and judged myself too harshly. Yes, I am an entitled city brat with all amenities and facilities at my disposal, as and when I want them. But camping for five days in consistent rain and through slushy grounds taught me that I can live in any conditions and come out smiling.
2. I will never take modern plumbing for granted, ever again. Oh my God, how did our ancestors survive? Every morning, a simple activity that I don't even think about once it's over turned into a treacherous activity. It was like living in the ancient ages, where you had to first wait for a small bucket to fill with water, carry it to a makeshift bathroom, use it. Then wait for it to fill again, carry it to a tiny bathing area and try to take a bath with freezing cold water. I am still surprised I didn't freeze to death.
3. I can survive without social media! Hallelujah! I am often criticised by my friends and family for being way too active on the internet. Well, Ziro had no internet. And I had to learn to experience something without posting constant Instagram stories and snapchatting. And I did! It was bittersweet, to be honest.
4. Life really doesn't need to be complicated. You can enjoy a laid-back life, if you just slow down every once in a while. And since it's generally impossible to do so in cities, I guess travelling to places such as Ziro is necessary as it serves as a cleanser for our souls!
How to reach Ziro
No matter which city you are coming from, to reach Ziro, you first have to reach Guwahati. From there you can either choose to travel by road all the way through or do a combination of train and road travel as I did. Roundtrip fare tickets from Delhi to Guwahati start from Rs. 8,200.
There are three trains from Guwahati to Naharlagun, Guwahati-Naharlagun Shatabdi Express (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays), Kamakhaya-Murkongselek Lachit Express (all days) and Guwahati-Naharlagun Donyi Polo Express (all days). The Donyi Polo is the most popular train, taken by artists and visitors both. It leaves Guwahati at 9.20pm and reaches Naharlagun at 5am in the morning.
After you reach Naharlagun at 5am, you need to take a taxi to Ziro. The most common car is a Sumo traveller. The cars charge around Rs. 4,ooo, one-way. You can find many people at the station looking for transport to Ziro, and can take a cab with them to cut down on the cost. For those who like to be a little more prepared, talk to people in the train and make a group before you reach Naharlagun.