Ziro FM 2019 : 10 points 10 pictures

Tripoto
25th Sep 2019

#1 - Concept - Sparsely populated gig centred around two hillocks with a day stage ( acoustic/earthy vibe) and an evening stage (banging/headlining vibe)

#2 - Getting there - ( from the mainland) fly into Guwahati -book the dony polo express at 920 pm to NAHARLAGUN - proceed with sumos to the village. ( Extremely bumpy ride so drink heavily in the train so you wake up straight in ziro)
** You need an INNER LINE PERMIT for arunachal - DIY on the internet or your camp manager will sort you out.

#3 - Residence - camps all the way - I chose KITE MANJA probably 1.5km from the festival ground but the tents were neat , loos were clean and people were great - not endorsing kite manja but special commendation to Rahul ( fellow in charge ) , really neat guy.
** Fair warning - breakfast in all camps is crap - pack snacks**
*** A very very very good option is to pitch your own tent which is just by the festival ground drawbacks however are carrying your own tent and privacy***

#4 - Food - timing your meals is very important - 2 meals a day ( breakfast at camp and late 5:30pm lunch at ZFM ) with intermittent snacking is what I'd advise. FOOD STALL AMBOO ( Sikkimese place ) was the best food I had - highly recommend the shapta with Tmomo and the tongba.

#5 - Attire - Water proof shoes or gum boots are a must , I'd carried the prior and did just fine. Fortunately it didn't rain this year so a light jacket sufficed in the evening. I wore shorts on 3 of 4 days and they did well.

#6 - Smoke-ables - regardless of what people say you won't get no green at ziro - score in Guwahati.
** They check for green at the entry but it's very superficial**

#7 - Beyond ZFM - a list of 3 morning or day time activities you can do instead of the festival ( I basically attended the festival only in the evening and was able to do these trails)

#8 - Lake sikhe - a fifteen minute cab ride from the festival , 
               One can boat in this man made reservoir - very fukn              dreary though . We were a group of 8 very old friends who trekked to an isolate spot around the lake with a bottle of Jaeger , tequila and STOLI so we did well our experience was 9/10 but one should expect 6/10.

#9- Tao Tibé - trek to a 90 year old man's salt of the earth kind of a farm - in addition to an unimaginable life choice you'll see barley plantations , kiwi plantations , a small pig farm.
Camps will charge you 2600 for this which is RIDICULOUS - find a bike taxi and pay them 20 bucks/ kilometer to take you.

#10 - Hakke Taré - the furthest away might take you a full day and leave you exhausted ... Ideal if you want to stay on a day after the festival .

Internal transport - cabs are extremely expensive so go for bike taxis.

Super gem - in 2019 we found an under construction house still in the concrete stages rented by the apatani youth ... Banging music ranging from Metallica to Kishore Kumar till 5 am with RGB lights, only hurdle is breaking the ice with the apatanis.

Final piece of advice - please be very very very careful with your phone's at the above mentioned apatani paradise. 

In addition to this I have food recommendation for Guwahati , bike taxi numbers and a few more miscellaneous recommendation .
Feel free to drop me an Instagram message @harsh647.

Ziro by day

Photo of Ziro Festival of Music, Abulyang, Ziro by Harsh Thite
Photo of Ziro Festival of Music, Abulyang, Ziro by Harsh Thite

Tent life

Photo of Ziro Festival of Music, Abulyang, Ziro by Harsh Thite

Friendly neighborhood wolverine

Photo of Ziro Festival of Music, Abulyang, Ziro by Harsh Thite
Photo of Ziro Festival of Music, Abulyang, Ziro by Harsh Thite

Shoes are the only piece of armour you need

Photo of Ziro Festival of Music, Abulyang, Ziro by Harsh Thite

A small trek at sikhe lake gave us a private spot to chill

Photo of Ziro Festival of Music, Abulyang, Ziro by Harsh Thite

Ziro by night

Photo of Ziro Festival of Music, Abulyang, Ziro by Harsh Thite

Camp overview

Photo of Ziro Festival of Music, Abulyang, Ziro by Harsh Thite

The lake itself

Photo of Ziro Festival of Music, Abulyang, Ziro by Harsh Thite

Mad ride

Photo of Ziro Festival of Music, Abulyang, Ziro by Harsh Thite

Tao tibé

Photo of Ziro Festival of Music, Abulyang, Ziro by Harsh Thite

Tao tibé

Photo of Ziro Festival of Music, Abulyang, Ziro by Harsh Thite

Something schmancy

Photo of Ziro Festival of Music, Abulyang, Ziro by Harsh Thite

The eight

Photo of Ziro Festival of Music, Abulyang, Ziro by Harsh Thite
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