Mizoram Travel Guide
Location : On the North-East
part of India
Altitude : 3715 feet
Area : 21,087 Sq Kms
Attractions : Aizawl, Tamdil, Mizoram State Museum
Temperature : 11o to 21o C in winter 20o to 30o C in summer
Best time to Visit : September to May
¤ Mizoram (Land of the Blue Mountains)
Mizoram, located at the southernmost of the northeastern region, is
a place brimming with variety of tribal culture, forested hills,
plunging gorges and sparkling waterfalls. Mizoram is a recent formed
state, it got its new status in 1972 as the 23rd state of Indian
Union. Formerly known as Lushai Hills, Mizoram treasures the green
plains of Assam, ranges of Mizoram hills with blooms of exotic flora
and dense bamboo jungles rise drastically. Aizawl (Capital), Tamdil
(Lake) and Phawngpui ( Mizoram's highest peak) are some of the main
travel attractions of the state. Its literacy rate is 88.4% and is the
second highest in the country. Like other sister states of the region,
Mizoram also offers a large variety in folk culture with unique
festivals and handicrafts.
¤ Places of Attraction
Mizoram which has a montane landscape, dense bamboo forest,
unexploited streams and a mild climate throughout the year is a travel
place where anyone would love to explore. Aizawl perched on a
altitude, about 4000ft.high ridge surrounded by the lush valleys of
the rivers Tuirual on the east and Tiawng in the west. Palak Lake with
its water lilies, Mizoram State Museum and Falklawn Mizo Village are
the ideal places where the adventure-seeking people looking for
greener pastures literally can find. Aizawal of today has grown into
an important commercial and recreational centre attracting many
tourist all the year round.
¤ Fairs and Festivals
Mizoram is a land of vibrant culture and their ethnicity is seen to
the fullest during the time of their festivals. These festivals are
all associated with the agriculture practiced in the state. The reason
is that most of the Mizos (people of Mizoram) are agriculturists in
occupation. Though there are many festivals in Mizoram, mention can be
made of the liveliest and colourful Chapchar Kut, Mim Kut, Pawl Kut
and Thalfavang Kut.
¤ Dance and Music
The state has also a variety of folk dances depicting the way of life
of the people. The most widely seen and popular among them are the
Cheraw and Khuallum Dance. The people dance and enjoy the festivals in
much enthusiasm, which is the indication of their rich tradition and
vibrant people. The male performer usually wears shirt that are
sleeveless and wrap-around-traditional clothes. The female wears a
longer wrap-around and shirt with sleeves. But depending upon the
dance they may or may not wear a headgear.
¤ Arts and Crafts
From time immemorial, the Mizos' craftsmanship had been recognised by
their work in bamboo and cane craft. The best artistry of Mizoram
craft can be depicted in weaving, pipes, jewellery, musical
instruments, bamboo and cane craft. Weaving has become an integral
part of Mizos' life.
The peculiarity of their craftsmanship is a continuous improvement
and inventions that well fits into the changing time.
The main shopping area of the city is Bara Bazaar that offers unique
souvenirs of the state. Some of the good buys include handloom shawls,
bags and bamboo handicrafts. But the best buy among them is the Mizo
Hat made with bamboo and leaves. It can be also taken home as a
souvenir. State Govt. Emporium offers good quality of these products.
152 kms from Aizawl) is the Mizoram's highest waterfall which is close
to the Thenzawl hill station.
(300 kms from Aizawl) is a must-visit for the trekkers and
adventure-seekers for it is the highest peak in Mizoram. It is very
popular in Mizoram and is also known as the Blue Mountain.
(378 kms from Aizawl) on the Chhimtuipui, Mizoram's biggest river, is
much know for its fresh environ and beautiful scenic splendor. It also
have must scope for angling on the river.
¤ Permit to Visit
Foreign tourists trevelling Mizoram require a Restricted Area Permit.
If the permit is for four or more people, it can be obtained from any
of the Indian mission abroad or liaison officers at New Delhi. For
less than 4 persons RAP has to be obtained from the Ministry of
Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
Domestic tourists require an Inner Line Permit issued by the liaison
officers at Mizoram in New Delhi for travelling to Mizoram.
Tourist lodges at Aizawl, Kolasib, Champhai, Saitual and Travellers
Inn at Valrengte maintained by the Directorate of Tourism, Mizoram is
the best option for the visitors in the state.
¤ Accessibility to the State
Aizawl is connected by Indian Airlines from Kolkata and Imphal
(Capital of Manipur) which take a time of one hour and forty-five
minutes from Kolkata and thirty minutes from Imphal respectively.
The nearest railhead is in Silchar (Assam), 180 kms away, which is
connected to Guwahati. Whereas Guwahati - 397 km from Silchar, is the
most convenient railhead connected to the other major towns of India.
Many Express trains connect Silchar with Guwahati.
Aizawl can be reached through Silchar on the NH-54. Regular buses
and taxis run from Silchar to Aizawl taking around 6-8 hours.
Night-coach services are also available. Aizawl is also accessible by
road from Shillong and Guwahati.
Taxis are the chief mode of transport, they are mainly used for
commuting within the state (negotiable rates).