Known as the ‘Songbird of India’, the northeastern state of Mizoram is one of the smallest states in India. The moderate climate of Mizoram, which is comfortable even during summer, makes it an attractive destination for all tourists. The vast culture and grand festivals of the state have a unique, irresistible charm which cannot be explained or read; it can only be felt once you are in the peaceful, serene land of Mizoram.
The dense greenery and the 21 hill ranges that stretch throughout the territory of Mizoram are sure to take you surrounded to a different world. Mizoram offers you a calm, serene atmosphere with exciting outdoor activities in the beautiful lush green surroundings which keeps you close to the peaceful nature. With grand festivals, happy people wearing colourful traditional costumes, Mizoram welcomes you to explore its beauty and richness.
Don’t forget to stop by the tribal artisans and get amazed by their unique talent and pick a traditional shawl for yourself as a souvenir. For non-vegetarian people, the food of the state will be a real treat while vegetarians will have to choose carefully from the dishes. If you love to be in nature’s arms, then Mizoram is the place for you!
Among one of the oldest cities in the north eastern region of India, with an elevated setting and breathtaking views, Aizawl is a peaceful little town even though it’s the capital of the state.
It would be probably one of the most peaceful state capitals in India. Aizawl, pronounced eye-zole, is a perfect place to relax while enjoying the local food and culture. Home to the Mizoram State Museum and few other tourist complexes, tourists have few options to enjoy a sightseeing tour in the city. Apart from these, one can take a tour to the nearby hilly areas of Hmuifang, Tamdil Lake and Chanmari.
At 1600 metres, Reiek Tlang is one of the highest hills of Mizoram. A place to find peace and serenity, Reiek Tlang calls out to the lovers of nature, adventure and romance. Located at a distance of 29 km away from the city of Aizawl, Reiek Tlang provides its visitors with an opportunity for trekking with the backdrop of sceneries borrowed from the Mizo Hills. As is the case with most northeastern destinations of India, Reiek is also relatively unexplored and sits pretty as a pearl in the hills.
The virgin forest of the Reiek Hills on one side and a steep rocky cliff on the other make it a unique place to be at. While climbing up the hill you get used to constant humming and chirping of the countless birds in the region. The place is also a haven for birdwatchers.
Literally meaning ‘the bridge of rock’, Lunglei is famous for its scenic beauty and natural setting. It is an ideal destination if one wants to take a break and look away, towards nature’s simple offerings. Trekking, bird watching and adventure sports are frequently enjoyed by tourists.
This town is situated in the southern part of the state of Mizoram and got its name after the actual bridge like rock found here. The area does not have many typical tourist attractions but the natural beauty, cool weather, scenic views make up for their absence restore it as a popular tourist destination. The town is also well known since it is close to the city of Aizawl.
The highest waterfall in the state and the 13th highest in the country, the Vantawng Waterfalls is one of the most mesmerizing waterfalls of the Northeast. Vantawng Falls are the pride of Mizoram and one of its prime attractions. The waterfall which is located 137 km away from the capital city of Aizawl is a gem in its own right. Tucked in between the verdant valleys with thick greenery around, the waterfall seems like a river of white milk from distance.
People flock from all directions of the state to have a look at its might and beauty. The waterfall can only be viewed from a distance due to thick forest covering around it. It is located in the Vanva river near Thenzawl which is known for its rampaging speed of flow. Vantawng Falls are a testament to the amazing natural beauty that is hidden within the North-East.
Dampa Tiger Reserve
Dampa Tiger Reserve, a splendid wildlife sanctuary, is located amidst the deep and dense forests of Mizoram in India. The forests are located about 125 km from Aizawl and are rich with a variety of flora and fauna that draw tourists and nature lovers to the North-eastern state of India from all parts of the world. The name Dampa was derived from the lonely bachelors (Dam Pa meaning Lonely Men) left in the region after the passing of a majority of the female population.
The Dampa wildlife sanctuary covers a sprawling area of over 500 sq km on the western side of Mizoram and touches the international boundaries of Bangladesh. Flora and fauna have been reserved as a part of Project Tiger that has been funded by the Government of India.
The sanctuary was given the status of a tiger reserve in the year 1994, and today the reserve it is home to many animals like tigers, leopards, Indian python, sloth bears, barking deer and a variety of birds. The hills around the wildlife sanctuary are known to be the bio-geographic highway that connects India to certain regions of Malayan and China.
The highest point in the state, Phawngpui Peak is a revered mountain among the tribes of the state. The beautiful blue mountain located some 300 km south of Aizawl is a wonderful place to be and to bring out the adventure enthusiast in you. The peak is located within the Phawngpui National Park and oversees a wondrous landscape full of deep crevices and magnificent cliffs. Trekking to the summit of Phawngpui is an experience no adventure lover can let go of.
The highest mountain in the state at 2100 metres, Phawngpui Peak is considered to be the abode of the goddess of the Mizo tribe. Being here between the mighty mountains and the sky makes you feel rejuvenated, happy and peaceful at the very least.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
March marks the onset of the summer season in Mizoram. The temperature is not too hot during this season. It lingers around 25 degrees celsius. Summer lasts for a short period in the state. This is not the best time to visit as compared to winter season because winters are more comfortable and welcoming.
Monsoon (May – September)
Monsoon season starts taking over summer from May, and heavy rainfall continues until September. The weather during this period remains very wet and humid. It is advised not to visit the place during monsoon as rain restricts outdoor activities and adventures.
Winter (October – March)
From October, the mercury starts taking a dip but this season is just perfect for tourists to explore the state. The winters are not harsh and offer a soothing environment for outdoor activities. The temperature remains between 11 to 21 degrees celsius. Adventures like trekking can also be enjoyed during winters.
HOW TO REACH
Aizawl is the base of Mizoram. It is well connected with major cities like Guwahati and Kolkata by air, road and rail. Here is how to reach Mizoram.
By air: Aizawl has a domestic airport and is well-connected to many cities like Guwahati, Imphal and Kolkata through regular daily flights. Flights to Dimapur and Agartala also operate from Aizawl.
By train: Mizoram is connected through its rail head in Bairabi in Kolasib District.
By road: Mizoram is connected through National Highway 54 from Silchar, Assam. Mizoram State Transport buses ply regularly from Aizawl to Guwahati, Silchar and Shillong.