SONGBIRD OF INDIA, THE LAND OF BLUE MOUNTAINS, MIZORAM IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN INDIA. THE GREEN LUSH VALLEYS, MANY MANY HILL RANGES, SCENIC LANDSCAPES, AND GRAND WATERFALLS. MIZORAM IS SURELY THE LAND OF HIGHLANDERS. THIS SERENE VALLEY HAS ALWAYS TEMPTED ME TO GO AND EXPLORE. EVER SINCE I SAW THE PHOTO OF VANTAWANG FALLS I WANTED TO BACKPACK AROUND MIZORAM.

MIZORAM IS SMALL STATE IN FAR EAST OF INDIA. BEING SO FAR IT IS SOME TIME TOUGH TO TRAVEL AND REACH MIZORAM. BUT ONCE YOU CONQUERED THE LONG TIRING JOURNEY THIS PLACE WILL REFRESH YOU WITH ITS MIND-BOGGLING BEAUTY. THIS SERENE LAND IS AN ADVENTURE COMPRISING OF 21 HILLS, MANY WATERFALLS, AND DENSE FOREST. THE PEACE, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND PEOPLE OF MIZORAM ARE JUST FANTASTIC. I WAS STUNNED WITH THE SHEER BEAUTY THIS PLACE SHOWS AND HOW MANY OF US ARE NOT EXPLORING IT.
SO LET’S TIGHTEN OUR SEATBELTS AND EXPLORE THIS BEAUTIFUL LAND OF MYSTERY. IXPLORE’S TRAVEL GUIDE FOR MIZORAM.

HOW TO REACH MIZORAM

THIS THE HARDEST PART IN THE WHOLE JOURNEY. REACHING THE FAR EASTERN LAND OF INDIA CAN BE TIRING FOR SOME. BUT IF YOU LOVE LONG RIDES WITH BEAUTIFUL HILLS AROUND THIS SHOULD BE EASY FOR YOU. WHILE MIZORAM IS VERY WELL CONNECTED BY ALL MEANS OF TRANSPORT.

BY AIR

MIZORAM HAS ITS OWN DOMESTIC AIRPORT IN AIZAWAL. THE DOMESTIC AIRPORT OF AIZWAL IS CONNECTED TO CITIES LIKE KOLKATA, GUWAHATI, IMPHAL. THERE ARE REGULAR FLIGHTS FROM THIS AIRPORT TO OTHER CITIES. YOU CAN TAKE TAXI AND BUS FROM AIRPORT TO REACH AIZWAL CITY. THE TOTAL DISTANCE IS AROUND 32 KM FROM AIRPORT TO CITY.

BY TRAIN

TWO MAIN RAILWAY STATIONS OF MIZORAM ARE BAIRABI AND MUALKHANG RAILWAY STATION. SILCHAR, ASSAM RAILHEAD IS CONNECTED TO THESE RAILWAY STATIONS. YOU CAN TAKE TAXI’S FROM RAILWAY STATION TO EXPLORE MIZORAM.

BY ROAD

IF YOU LOVE LONG RIDES, A VERY LONG RIDE THAN THIS IS THE BEST OPTION. NATIONAL HIGHWAY 54 CONNECTS SILCHAR, ASSAM TO MIZORAM. THERE ARE REGULAR BUSES AND TAXI’S AVAILABLE AT SILCHAR FOR MIZORAM.

DISTANCE BY ROAD
SILCHAR 172KM
IMPHAL 374KM
GUWAHATI 506KM
SHILLONG 450KM

HOW TO GET PERMIT FOR MIZORAM

AS MIZORAM IS A BORDER STATE SO DUE TO SECURITY REASONS A PERMIT IS REQUIRED TO ENTER MIZORAM. AN INNER LINE PASS IS REQUIRED FOR DOMESTIC TOURISTS AND FOR INTERNATIONAL TOURISTS A PAP IS REQUIRED. BOTH OF THEM ARE EASY TO GET BELOW IS HOW TO GET THEM.

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ILP FOR INDIAN TOURISTS

ILP FOR MIZORAM CAN BE OBTAINED FROM LIAISON OFFICER FROM CITIES LIKE KOLKATA, SILCHAR, SHILLONG, GUWAHATI, AND NEW DELHI.
THOSE COMING TO AIRPORT CAN GET PASSES FROM SECURITY OFFICER AT LENGPUI AIRPORT, AIZAWL.
YOUR ILP IS VALID FOR 15 DAYS WHICH CAN BE RENEWED FOR ANOTHER 15 DAYS.

FOR FOREIGN TOURIST

ALL FOREIGN NATIONALS REQUIRE TO REGISTER THEMSELVES AT OFFICE OF SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE WITHIN 24 HOURS OF ARRIVAL.
YOU CAN DO THIS AT LENGPUI AIRPORT, SHILLONG, GUWAHATI, SILCHAR, DELHI KOLKATA, NEW DELHI.
NOTE: CITIZENS OF AFGHANISTAN, CHINA, AND PAKISTAN REQUIRE PRIOR APPROVAL OF MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK THIS GOVERNMENT WEBSITE.

PLACES TO VISIT IN MIZORAM

MIZORAM IS FILLED WITH SERENE LANDSCAPES, GIGANTIC WATERFALLS, AND GREEN VALLEYS. THIS SMALL STATE BOASTS MANY FAMOUS PLACES.

AIZAWAL

CAPITAL CITY AIZAWAL IS A CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS HUB IN MIZORAM. THE CITY IS A NICE PLACE TO START YOUR ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY HERE. AIZAWL BOASTS OF MANY BREATHTAKING VIEWS WITH LOT OF HISTORICAL BUILDINGS AROUND. AIZAWL IS THE HEART OF MIZORAM TOURISM.

SOLOMON’S TEMPLE, AIZAWL

WHILE EXPLORING THE CITY THIS IS A MUST VISIT IN AIZAWL. IT IS AN AMAZING ARCHITECTURE AND RELIGIOUS STRUCTURE. WHILE INSIDE THE CHURCH, YOU FEEL PEACEFUL AND IN GARDEN SITTING OUTSIDE YOU FEEL CALM. THE SKY APPEARS MAGICAL BLUE AND THE SURROUNDING IS CLEAN AND TIDY. IF YOU LOVE FLOWERS AND MOUNTAIN VIEWS THAN SURELY THIS PLACE IS FOR YOU.

SOLOMON'S TEMPLE, AIZAWL
SOLOMON’S TEMPLE, AIZAWL

DURTLANG HILLS

DURTLANG HILLS ARE FAMOUS FOR ITS PANORAMIC VIEWS ALL AROUND THE VIEWS ARE BREATHTAKING AND THE TRAIL IS A ROCKY TREK. THE WEATHER REMAINS PLEASANT AND THE FOREST IS PRETTY DENSE. THE HIGHEST VIEW OF AIZAWL CITY CAN BE SEEN FROM DURTLANG HILLS. DURTLANG HILLS REMAIN VERY FAMOUS LOCATION IN THE LIST OF MIZORAM TOURISM.

REIEK

WE LEFT EARLY FOR REIEK WHICH IS 30 KILOMETERS AWAY FROM HERE. THE NEARBY VILLAGE IN REIEK IS FAMOUS FOR ITS REIEK PEAK TREK. WE TREK LOVERS COULD SURELY NOT MISS THAT. THE REIEK PEAK TREK IS A COMPARETIVELY EASY TREK. IF YOU LEAVE EARLY FROM AIZWAL YOU CAN DO THIS TREK SAME DAY. TOTAL TREK TAKES ABOUT 5 HOURS TO REACH THE PEAK.

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THE VIEW VALLEYS IS BREATHTAKING. YOU COULD CLEARLY SEE FROM TOP THE BANGLADESHI PLAINS. THE CLEAR SKY WITH CLOUDS RUNNING BY MAKES THE ATMOSPHERE MAGICAL. YOU CAN DESCEND BACK TO REIEK THE SAME DAY.

HMUIFANG

NEXT ADVENTOURES PLACE IS HMUIFANG. HMUIFANG IS A SMALL BUT PRETTY VILLAGE JUST 3 HOURS FROM REIEK.YOU CAN TAKE SUMO’S TO REACH HMUIFANG. THERE ARE MANY ADVENTOUREOUS TRAILS HERE IN HMUIFANG WHICH ATTRACTED US. THE INCREDIBLE VIEWS AND SCENIC MOUNTAINS ARE BEST ATTRACTIONS IN HMUIFANG.

IF YOU LOVE HISTORY AND CULTURE A FAMOUS FESTIVAL IS HELD HERE IN HMUIFANG. THE FESTIVAL IS PROMOTED BY TOURISM BOARD WHICH SHOWS MIZO CULTURE. HMUIFANG IS THE GATEWAY TO MIZORAM TOURISM.

HMUFIANG LIES BETWEEN AIZWAL AND THENZAWL. HMUIFANG IS TO RELAX AND ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL ATMOSHPHERE AROUND. THERE ARE MANY SMALL LODGES WHERE YOU CAN STAY OVERNIGHT.

SERCHIPP

THE SMALL TOWN OF SERCHIPP IS AN BEAUTIFUL TOURIST PLACE HERE. THOUGH LOT OF THINGS ARE NOT HERE TO EXPLORE, BUT IF YOU LIKE PLEASENT WEATHER AND CLEAN SURROUNDING THAN YOU MUST VISIT HERE. WHILE NOT ONLY BEING A CLEAN PLACE THIS DISTRICT OF SERCHIPP HAS HIGHEST LITERACY RATE IN INDIA.

VANTAWANG FALLS

I THINK MIZORAM’S BEST KEPT SECRET ARE THESE VANTAWANG FALLS. MANY PEOPLE DON’T GO WHILE VISITING MIZORAM DUE TO A HARDER TREK. BUT THE BEST VIEWS COME AFTER THE HARDEST TREKS.
SAME GOES WITH THESE FALLS. THE HIGHEST WATERFALL IN STATE VANTAWANG FALLS, ARE A WONDER TO SEE. THENZAWL IS 40 KM FROM HMUIFANG. THIS IS SMALL TOWN FAMOUS FOR THESE WATERFALLS. THESE FALLS NOT ONLY ARE THE CHARM OF MIZORAM TOURISM BUT ALSO OF THE WHOLE NORTHEAST.

WHILE THE FALLS ARE ONLY AROUND 5 TO 6 KM FROM THE CITY BUT I DIDN’T SEE MANY VISITORS THERE. THE ROAD UPTO THE VIEWPOINT IS MOTRABLE AND DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY SORT OF TICKETS. SURE THE DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND FALLS IS LARGE BUT VIEWING IT IS ANOTHER FEELING. WHILE YOU MUST KEEP IN MIND THE PLACE IS VERY ISOLATED SO YOU MUST CARRY ALL THINGS WHICH YOU NEED PREHAND. ALSO, YOU MUST HAVE YOUR OWN PRIVATE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION.

VANTAWANG FALLS

LUNGLEI

ANOTHER 4 HOURS RIDE FROM SERCHIPP WILL LEAVE YOU TO TOWN LUNGLEI. MEANING OF LUNGLEI IS THE BRIDGE OF ROCK IN COMMON LANGUAGE. WHILE I AM NOT SURE ABOUT THE ROCK BUT THIS LITTLE PLACE IS SURELY FILLED WITH SERENE LANDSCAPES. THIS TOWN IS IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF MIZORAM. AMBIENT TEMPERATURE, PLEASANT WEATHER, AND BEAUTIFUL VALLEYS ARE SOME OF MANY ATTRACTIVE THINGS ABOUT LUNGLEI WHICH MAKES IT SO POPULAR IN OUR LIST OF MIZORAM TOURISM.

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LUNGLEI, MIZORAM
LUNGLEI

SIAHA/ SAIHA

THE TOWN OF SIAHA IS LOCATED 130 KM FROM LUNGLEI. IT TAKES AROUND 6 HOURS FROM SUMO TO REACH SIAHA FROM LUNGLEI. THE TOWN OF SIAHA IS FAMOUS FOR ITS WILDLIFE SANCTUARY AND LAKE.

PALAK DIL LAKE IS IN PHURA VILLAGE OF SAIHA DISTRCT WHICH IS ONLY FEW KM FROM TOWN. INTERSETING TO KNOW THAT THIS IS ALSO THE LARGEST LAKE IN MIZORAM. THE PLACE IS SERENE AND FILLED WITH DENSE FOREST AROUND.

WHILE THERE WERE MANY MORE BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO COVER IN MIZORAM BUT DUE TO TIME CONSTRAINT WE COULD NOT DO IT. BUT WE MADE SURE OUR NEXT TRIP COVERS THOSE UNEXPLORED DESTINATIONS.

CULTURE OF MIZORAM

MIZO WORD CAN BE BIFURCATED INTO TWO WORDS. ‘MI’ MEANS PEOPLE AND ‘ZO’ MEANS HILL. THE STATE OF MIZORAM IS FILLED WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE AND TRIBES. THERE ARE MANY ETHNIC GROUPS LIVING HERE FROM CENTURIES. SOME OF THE MAJOR ETHNIC GROUPS ARE LUSHAIS, RALTES, PANGS, KUKIS, HIMARS, AND PAWIS. THESE PEOPLE HAVE KEPT ALIVE THEIR YEARS OF TRADITION AND CULTURE. THEY WEAR BRIGHT AND COLOURFUL CLOTHES THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY. MIZORAM TOURISM IS INCOMPLETE WITHOUT CULTURE OF MIZORAM.

THE MAIN RELIGION HERE IN MIZORAM IS CHRISTIANITY AND YOU CAN SEE MANY BEAUTIFUL CHURCHES HERE IN MIZORAM. ALSO, OTHER MINORITY RELIGIONS LIKE JEWS, HINDUS, AND BUDDHIST ARE LIVING HAPPILY HERE FOR DECADES.

TRADITIONAL ATTIRE OF A MIZO GIRL
TRADITIONAL ATTIRE OF A MIZO GIRL
PHOTO TAKEN FROM TIMESOFMIZORAM

FESTIVAL’S IN MIZORAM

MOST FESTIVALS OF MIZORAM REVOLVES AROUND THE HARVEST SEASON. AS THE MAIN OCCUPATION OF PEOPLE HERE IS FARMING SO MANY FESTIVAL’S ARE THERE RELATED TO THAT. WITHOUT MENTIONING THE FESTIVALS OF MIZORAM THE MIZORAM TOURISM GUIDE IS INCOMPLETE.
SOME OF THE MAIN FESTIVAL ARE

  • MIM KUT
  • PAWL KUT
  • THALFAVANG KUT
  • CHPCAHR KUT
  • CHRISTMAS
  • EASTER

KUT MEANS FESTIVAL IN LOCAL LANGUAGE.

DANCE IN MIZORAM, FESTIVAL IN MIZO
DANCE IS A WAY OF CELEBRATING

FOOD IN MIZORAM

THE BEST PART WHICH WE LIKE IS THE FOOD OF MIZORAM. THE FOOD OF MIZORAM IS VERY CONCENTRATED OVER NON-VEG EATERS. WHILE YOU CAN EASILY FIND VEGETARIAN HOTELS AND FOOD BUT SOMETIMES IT IS NOT THAT READILY AVAILABLE. FOOD IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF CULTURE AND MIZORAM TOURISM GUIDE.
THE FOOD OF MIZORAM IS QUITE SIMILAR TO THAT OF OTHER NORTH EASTERN STATES OF INDIA AS THE PRIMARY FOOD IS RICE. MOST FOODS MADE IN MIZORAM HAS RICE AS AN OPTION AND THE MOST EATEN THING IS FISH.

WHILE THERE MANY FAMOUS AND TASTY DISHES BUT FEW OF THE TASTIEST ONES ARE

  1. KOAT PITHA
  2. VAWKSA REP
  3. BAMBOO SHOOT FRY (VEGETARIAN’S HEAVEN)
  4. PANCH PHORAN TARKA
  5. MISA MACH POORA

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