Mizoram set in the northeast of India is an unfrequented destination and its capital, Aizawl, is one of the remotest cities in India. If you are looking for a quiet holiday amidst idyllic surroundings, the state of Mizoram is the place to visit. Lakes, waterfalls, verdant hills covered with bamboo forests, morning mists and blue skies, whispering pine clusters, quaint villages and houses built on stilts......you are in the “land of highlanders”.
The capital of Mizoram, Aizawl set at at 1300 m above sea level, is a quiet and picturesque town, perched on a steep ridge with pleasant weather throughout the year. The Mizo love for music, song and dance is legendary. Don’t ever pass up an opportunity to witness a performance of their folk dances, particularly the ‘Cheraw’ (bamboo dance). These charming people have a close-knit society and are very progressive in their outlook, reflected in the fact that Mizoram can boast of the second-highest literacy rate in India. To the east and south of this north eastern state of India is Myanmar, to its west are Bangladesh and Tripura and Assam and Manipur are to its north.
Best Time of Visit:
- November to March is the best time to visit Mizoram with the mercury dropping to a comfortable range between 11º and 29°C.
Min Days Required: 5 days
Places of Interest:
- Champhai Valley
- Dampa Rengpui
- Durtlang Hill
- Saza Wildlife Sanctuary
- Sinemon Wildlife Sanctuary
- Lenteng Hills
- Lohawka Wildlife Sanctuary
- Murlen National Park
- The Tropic of Cancer runs through the middle of Mizoram. The climate therefore is temperate with cool summers and not-so-cold winters.
- The state experiences heavy rains from May to September. Winter is very pleasant; the skies are wonderfully blue and the sunshine is immensely enjoyable. Annual rainfall: 250 cm. Average temperatures are 11°-21° C in winter and 20°-29° Celsius in summer.
Things to carry:
- Pack light cotton clothes for the summer with a light wrap for the evenings.
- Warm woolens are needed for the winter and rainwear for June to September.
How to get there:
- All the northeastern states of India are linked to Mizoram by reasonably good roads. Silchar to Aizawl (180 km) is a 6-8 hr journey on the National Highway 54.
- Reasonably good roads link Guwahati (506 km), Imphal (374 km), Kohima (497 km), (Shillong 430 km) and Agartala (443km) to Aizawl. Several buses ply between these distances.
- Taxis and hired cars with chauffer’s are readily available because roads are the only effective way of communication between the neighboring states and Mizoram.
- Flights from Kolkata, Silchar and Guwahati connect Aizawl, the capital city, six.
- Mizoram does not have any rail links. The nearest railhead, Silchar, in Assam, is 180 km away. Silchar railway station is well connected to Aizawl along National Highway 54 by buses and hired taxis.
- However, the most convenient railhead is Guwahati (Assam), which is very well connected to the rest of India. From Guwahati to Aizawl, it is a 506 km drive and there are plenty of buses and taxis that cover the distance.