Details: Arunachal Pradesh, India

November 14, 2013
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GETTING THERE

Multiple airlines offer one-stop flights from all three Washington-area airports to Delhi. Jet Airways flies to Guwahati in Assam, the nearest major airport to Arunachal Pradesh, from Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Buses run regularly from Guwahati to Itanagar (from about $9, nine to 11 hours), where Jeep connection is available to Ziro (about $8, five to seven hours). Private vehicles can also be arranged from Guwahati directly to Ziro, starting at around $40.

Protected Area Permits, required for all foreign visitors traveling to Arunachal Pradesh, can be arranged in person at the Arunachal tourism office in New Delhi or, more conveniently, through a guide or tour operator. Permits for 30 days cost $50, plus an additional handling fee if booked through an agent or operator.

WHERE TO STAY AND EAT

Ziro Valley Resort

Biiri Village, Ziro

011-91-37-8822-4278

Comfortable and charming, if a bit creaky, and a 15-minute walk from Hong village. Restaurant offers decent renditions of North Indian and Indian Chinese dishes as well as alcoholic beverages. Double rooms from $25 a night.

Siiro Resort

Siiro Village, Ziro

011-91-37-8822-5123

siiroresort.com

A bulky new building made of logs and rough stone, set at the southern edge of the valley. The restaurant here serves no alcohol. Double rooms from $25 a night.

Home Stays

There are eight home-stays spread across five villages in the valley, six in concrete houses with modern amenities, two in traditional bamboo houses. They provide traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner and are best arranged through local guides (see below). Rooms from $11 a night, with food.

WHAT TO DO

Government Craft Emporium

Route 229, Hapoli

In a compound of colonial-style bungalows just outside central Hapoli on the main road leading to Old Ziro. Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Northeast Holiday Tour & Travels

011-91-80-1401-2558

Christopher (Tajo) Michi offers customized guided trips for foreign travelers throughout Arunachal and the northeast. Tours including transport, hotel accommodations, food, guide and travel permits from $150 per night for two. E-mail: northeast-holiday@gmx.us.

Brahmaputra Tours

011-91-94-3663-4496

www.brahmaputra-tours.com

Guide Koj Mama offers itineraries covering various regions of Arunachal Pradesh and the surrounding northeastern states. As president of the Arunachal Pradesh Birding Club, he’s a particularly good choice if you’re interested in the region’s unique flora and fauna. Tours including transport, hotel accommodations, food, guide and travel permits from $180 per night for two.

INFORMATION

www.arunachaltourism.com

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