Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Revisiting Talle Valley

Tharr...tharrr...tharrr. The sounds of breaking the ice in the bucket wake me up. It is already after 6.00 in the morning. I get up and peek outside. Gyayu is breaking the ice that had frozen in the bucket. As I look around, everything is coated in white. I am transported back to my childhood when Ziro used to be like this. I cannot help venturing outside and up in the hill nearby.

When we explore the valley in the day, I am certain that the Ziro valley must have been like this before our ancestors converted it into a more habitable place that we enjoy today. A sense of gloom overpower me. How hard they must have worked. What a struggle it must have been! Cutting down trees, aligning the irrigation channels.

This is Talle Valley. I am visiting the place after five years. Lots of changes. The track from Pange is better. The Range Officer is trying to make the road motorable. I doubt this is a good step, though. A beautiful and cosy camp house has been constructed. This, I think, is a welcome sign. It is good to get cosy after four hours of trekking.

Welcome to Talle Valley.


  1. Its not a good idea to make the road motorable..we will have groups of youths having picnics and such leaving shattered beer bottles all over.
    Alternatively amateur hunters with telescoped 0.22 rifles all over the place.

  2. buru, i agree with you. it is best to develop a good trekking route to talle camp. i feel it more after visiting it recently.

  3. Hi Kanno,

    I'll be in Assam in Jan for some wedding related business. Was looking for some places to visit in Arunachal.

    Came across your blog and loved the description.

    Been looking for info on how to get to Talle, but not finding much info on the net. wondering if you would be able to help me out?



  4. @Robin. Thanks for visiting.
    Talle is not yet developed as a tourist place, but you can always visit the place after due permission from the concerned departments. First, you will need an innerline permit to enter Arunachal Pradesh. Ziro is 3 hours drive from North Lakhimpur in Assam and Talley camp is a full day's trek (30 km) from Ziro. Welcome and hope you will enjoy as I did.

  5. ILP should not be an issue, but for trekking within or to Talle require any kind of permission and where could we get it from? And how long would it take.

    Sorry for badgering you like this but I think there are only 3 or 4 sites on the net which even mention Talle.

    Thanks anyway.

  6. You may not need a formal permit, but need to inform the Range Officer. You may contact the Dy Chief Wildlife Warden at Naharlagun.
    Best wishes.

  7. Dear. Under Section 27 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, no person shall enter or reside in the Sanctuary, except under and in accordance with the conditions of a permit granted under Section 28 of the Act. Sub-section (3) of the Section 27 also states, "No person shall, with intent to cause damage to any boundary mark of a Sanctuary or to cause wrongful gain as defined in the Indian Penal Code, 1860, ater, destroy, move or deface such boundary mark". Sub-section (4) of the Section 27 states, "No person shall tease or molest any wild animal or litter the grounds of Sanctuary. Contravention of the above provision attracts penal clause under Section 51, which on conviction, be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 3 years or with fine which may extend to Rs 25,000/- or with both. Defacement boundary attract imprisonment which shall not be less than 3 years and fine not less than 10,000/- and non-bailable.
    Only the Chief Wildlife Warden under Section 28 of the Act, can grant permission to enter or reside in a Sanctuary for-
    1. Investigation and study
    2. Photography
    3. Scientific Research
    4. Tourism
    5. Transaction of lawful business
    However, there are exceptions.
    Other than the Chief Wildlife Warden no one can grant permission, unless he is delegated with powers by the CWLW or the State Government.
    Please pass on this message to one and all for kind information and to create awareness.

    Millo Tago,

  8. hey millo,

    thanks a lot, yeah i'm quite familiar with the rules, just wanted to know where the permission can be sought from.

    will be in tezpur for a day, so it would be great if thats where it could be done.

  9. Piissa sanii atang hii kapa ma ! So pulu kiiling paka kapanii hii aro hoka danyi byolying lyi hoka sanii niima atang hii tiiping hiilyang kagii doh. Kano helipad miingonii niitang doku yu!

  10. @DG.
    1. Ude kiiliñ hoka sanii tange hii piisa sanii nyañ. Talle hoka niiri piisa hii Ziro hoka piisa mi iche ponge yado, hopa ano kader ma.
    2. No pulu paka kapa niimi kader biido. Si aro koñchi hoka tiipiñ/tapiñ toniñ nyañ.
    3. Ngunu helipad miilañ ho chate he. Hoka potu tuli giiniñ mi post miilala niimi kakiñlyaso. So ronge arku lya aa.

  11. is there any scope of people settling down in Talley Valley... so that crowded ziro can atleast be made into two twin township..... pliz reply

  12. @tonmy. Talley Valley falls under Talle Wildlife Sanctuary. Ziro town will always be crowded as all towns/cities are. Nobody will be able to force people to settle down anywhere, but expansion of the town will take place naturally. And we have lots of areas for such natural expansion.