Mizoram is a hidden gem of the North-East India where numerous tribes practice their own religious customs and cultural grandeur. Geographical features of Mizoram are diverse which together make it a charming holiday destination. From colourful dresses of the locals to exciting dance forms and some unique festivals, a trip to Mizoram showcases a new India, unimagined and unknown.
Places to Visit
Start your holiday to Mizoram by visiting Aizawl, the largest city of the state. Blessed withridges of hills,Aizawl stands at a height of 1132 m above sea level. Here you can explore Durtlang Hills, Bung, Tamdil Lake, Mini Zoological Garden, Mizoram State Museum and Khawnlung Wildlife Sanctuary. Lunglei is also an ideal city for the devotees of nature. Here you can spend your days amidst imposing hills, lush greenery and rich cultures while relishing attractions like Lunglei ? Bridge of Rock, Serkawn, Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary, Nghasih Stream, Theiriat Tlang, Thorangtlang Wildlife Sanctuary, etc. Champhai, overlooking the largest plains of Mizoram, is all about unwinding amidst pure ambience. From ancient relics to rich natural wonders like Lengteng Hills, Phawngpui Peak and Rih Dil Lake - ?Champhai has everything to please you. Lawngtlai, sharing boundaries with Bangladesh, also delights nature lovers with unexplored forests. Also, do add the Mamit district to your travel itinerary to Mizoram dotted with attractions like Dampa Wildlife Sanctuary, Saitlaw, West Phaileng, Kanghmun, Pukzing and Lungkulh.
All year long Mizoram remains busy celebrating vivid fairs and festivals. Locals add beautiful colours to their festivals with their vibrant dresses and beautiful songs. The Chapchar Kut Festival is a grand carnival that celebrates the golden harvest. Locals dress in colourful costumes and perform Mizoram dances on gongs, cymbals, and drum beats which light up the whole state. Mim Kut is another popular fiesta of the state celebrated after the harvest of maize. The festival is accompanied by drinking local beer, singing, dancing, and merrymaking. Pawl Kut Festival of Mizoram is another harvest festival which brings along ballet, songs and jolliness. Extensive meals are prepared during the event as part of thanksgiving to the Lord.
Delicious food of Mizoram is a blend of North Indian and Chinese elements which give it a unique twist. Bamboo plays a major role in most of the dishes. Bai remains a popular dish of Mizoram prepared with herbs and spices mixed with pork, bamboo shoots and vegetables. Koat Pitha, made with rice flour and bananas, is loved by every local. Bamboo Shoot Fry is the most common dish served here. Panch Phoran Tarka is another popular dish having both vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions. Treat yourself with some fresh vegetables with Misa Mash Poora. Most of the dishes are served on fresh banana leaves in Mizoram.
Some of the most popular areas to shop in Mizoram include Aizawl’s Bara Bazaar, Millenium Centre and Solomon’s cave. While Bara Bazaar in Aizawl is a street market selling household necessities, Millenium Centre is a huge three storey mall with over 300 shops. Everything is available in these market areas from handicrafts to shawls, bamboo caps (Khumbeu), bamboo baskets, woven fabrics, etc.
By Air: Aizawl has a domestic airport which connects the state with all other major cities like Guwahati, Imphal and Kolkata.
By Rail: Mizoram has its rail head in Bairabi in Kolasib District.
By Road: Travellers can easily find Mizoram State Transport buses from Aizawl to Guwahati, Silchar and Shillong.?