ARUNACHAL PRADESH: LIFE OF THE APATANIS OF ZIRO VILLAGE!

My Village-My Pride

aaClustered Houses in Hong Basti

Making way through the border of Assam into Arunachal Pradesh, one can easily notice the change in landscape while traversing through it and approaching Ziro. Th plains give way to hilly terrains, the temperature slips down, there are fewer people to be seen, air gets cleaner and an awe-inspiring landscape emerges with variety of ferns, orchids and rhododendrons growing in the wild amidst dense green forests all around.
Ziro is home to the tribal group called the Apatanis who are one amongst very few tribes in the world who worship nature (sun & moon) . They are famous for their unique methods of sustainable farming and social forestry. Apatani Cultural Landscape even features in tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Site for “extremely high productivity” and “unique” way of preserving ecology. I had an opportunity to stay with one such Apatani family in Hong Basti…

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