Why Everyone Should Have Ziro Festival of Music As Their First Music Festival

If you’re a newbie to music festivals and want to experience one and know how it feels but are confused about which one to choose, you are at the right place.

warm-welcome-to-ziro

WARM WELCOME TO ZIRO

Also called as the Woodstock of the East, ZFM lets you camp and stay cosily for all those who want to immerse in the festival. Four days of overflowing rice wine, late night after parties and a lot of friendship brewing between the crowds and the artists. Who wants to miss that!

While starting the journey to the venue, you are bound to meet interesting travellers from all corners. The train from Guwahati takes you to Naharlagun,  en route you’re going to find your fellow attendees of the ZFM and that can be your start of making new acquaintances with adventure seekers.

reaching-naharlagunREACHING NAHARLAGUN

You’ll experience a drizzling welcome at the Naharlagun Station.

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outside Naharlagun Station

This will be followed by sharing a Sumo ride with another lot of friends heading to the ZFM.

cab-friends       CAB FRIENDS

On your way you’ll be mesmerized by the scenic beauty of the valleys and waterfalls.

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ON THE WAY to the Festival Venue

After all this, a warm cloudy welcome to Ziro awaits you. It’s an awing feeling to watch the installations, stage and camps being set up for the fest.

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FESTIVAL CAMP SITE

From accommodation to food to artists, ZFM caters everything you want at a music festival. You can choose camping accommodation at Kite Manja at the festival ground and other campsites.

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JAMMING AT KITE MANJA

 There are warm bonfires lit during the after parties every night and you’ll find yourself gravitating towards it and joining the drink sessions and songs and all that jazz.

 

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AFTER PARTY WITH LOCALS

It’s a different experience to just lay on nature’s own amphitheatre made of three green hills and watch the artists doing their best.

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VIEW FROM THE TENT

Everything at the ZFM is eco-friendly. Bamboo is preferably used as a material for installation of the stage, stalls and benches and as glasses at the festival.

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BAMBOO ARTIST INSTALLATIONS

There is in fact an Apatani Youth Association (AYA) that proactively monitors responsible travellers and preserves the indigenous heritage. The Ziro Valley Resort‘s public washrooms was super utilised by the campers and the Festival Campsite this year was managed by ever so helpful Karishma of Tour De Himalaya.

bamboo-lamps

BAMBOO LAMPS

Food stalls and shops are always there to fill your tummy cravings.

#Food Stalls at #ZiroFestivalOfMusic #PhatTown #EatStreet #GrillRepublica were the craze. And #SugarByAnn took the cake for the #CupCakes

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Other treats were pork fat sizzlers, smoked chicken feet, cute cupcakes, cotton candies, millet beer. Some go to food stalls were Grill Republica for shawarma and Phat Town for their bacon burgers. 

pork-burger-with-bacon    PORK BURGER WITH BACON

The Food Truck that served smoked pork hot dogs,

smoked-pork-hot-dog             SMOKED PORK HOT DOG

Sugar by Ann for cupcakes, carols and red velvets.

carrot-cupcake-at-sugar-by-ann             CARROT CUPCAKE AT SUGAR BY ANN

Apong-Arunachal’s very own rice wine served in Bamboo glasses.

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Some quirky appetizers ranging from snails to grasshoppers to smoked froggies that serve as the best chakna with Apong.

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eating-grasshopper

Another perk about ZFM is that you get to befriend artists even before they’ve performed.

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WITH DAWDA

 

 

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SEE YOU WHEN I SEE YOU WITH ANTOINE

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friends-with-gramlines

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WITH ABIOGENESIS

You’ll be drowned by the amount of energy the dancing crowd creates. Jamming to Howey Howey with Abiogenesis, Yeh Mera Bombay with  Divine, Farekama with Dawda and Mahodev with Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express, you’ll love it all.

shye-ben-tzur-performing

SHYE BEN TZUR PERFORMING

You can’t help but dance with the locals on Daminda-The Apatani Folksong.

selfie-dancing-on-damin-da             SELFIE DANCING ON DAMIN DA

 

From clicking embarrassing selfies to making impromptu lyrics with the campers,  making the whole of north east your friends and getting travel suggestions from Gul Panag, you’ll regret and wish you recorded it all.

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SELFIE WITH LOCAL GIRLS

You could go crazy on the trampoline

girls-jumping-on-trampoline             GIRLS JUMPING ON TRAMPOLINE

Or be a kid again and playing with soap bubbles

blowing-soap-bubbles             BLOWING SOAP BUBBLES

Or play some basketball and football with cute little kids.

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After all this fun and orgasm on music, you’re bound to hate the Monday blues like you never have. These four days will surely mark fantastic memories for life and brew friendships deeper than your chuddy buddies.

Like we always say, Live ’em Moments.

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