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
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 Village, Ziro
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.
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
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: email@example.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.