MIZORAM TOURISM PLACES:- Mizoram has some of the prettiest terrain in India, with much variation in its famously steep hills and deep valleys, and it is not by accident that “Mizoram” means “land of the highland dwellers”. The state is quickly emerging as a popular tourist destination because of the unique natural setting its countryside has to offer.
MIZORAM TOURISM PLACES
Perched above the valley of the Twalang river, Aizawl is the center of civic, economic and cultural life in Mizoram. The Mizo people, who give their name to the state at large, make up the largest community here, and their vibrant traditions of dance and cuisine are extremely popular among tourists. Aizawl occupies a central location in Mizoram and is a great place for excursions into the lush countryside of the state
Durtland Hill overlooks the city of Aizawl and is frequented by tourists and locals alike for its beautiful views of the city and surrounding area. Many people come here to picnic, and there is a state museum dedicated to Mizo culture on the premises as well.
Tamdil Lake, a short drive from Aizawl, is an idyllic paradise far removed from the hustle bustle of everyday modern life. Set in the heart of an emerald undisturbed forest, it is a popular getaway for tourists and business persons. There is a lodge to stay at on the shore and boats are available for rent. An excellent place for fishing
Dampa Tiger Reserve
The largest wildlife preserve in Mizoram, Dampa is true to its name and has many tigers living in its boundaries. It stretches across many hills, cliffs, valleys, streams and forests. Many endangered species live here, most notably the Bengal tiger but also elephants, monkey species, bears etc.
The “fruitbowl” of Mizoram, Champhai is a beautiful village in the hills of Mizoram surrounded by many orchards. It is arguably one of the greenest areas in the state, and has many monuments dating from the many years of its long heritage. It is nearby the popular Murlen National Park.
Murlen National Park
Very close to the Myanmar border is Murlen National Park, replete with tigers, leopards, bears, deer, gibbons, monkeys and many other mammals as well as countless bird and butterfly species. A botanist and nature enthusiast’s paradise, the place is virtually undisturbed and offers a rare opportunity to see nature at its best. There are accommodations available at the park for visitors.
Sangua is a gorgeous village at the foot of the famous “Blue Mountain”, Phawngui peak. The town is very pleasant to relax at and has accomodations available for tourists visiting the mountain. Enmeshed in verdant woods, It is a tranquil and easy-going place.
The highest mountain in Mizoram, Phawngpui Peak is considered sacred by many Mizos as the folk religion and mythology believes it to be home of the Gods. The mountain is absolutely gorgeous, with many orchids and bamboo growing on its slopes, lending it a veritable rainbow of colors. On the west side of the peak is a sheer cliff offering a spectacular vista of the state of Mizoram.
The town of Saiha is a beautiful hill station renowned for its great weather year-round. It is the center of the Maras tribe, a hill people with their own distinct culture. It is relatively developed for the area, and has places to stay. There are even helicopters available for viewing the area. Nearby Saiha is the gorgeous mountain lake Palak.
Lunglei, the second largest town of Mizoram, is a great place for local handicrafts as well as a good departure point for treks and hikes into the surrounding hills and countryside. It is a a peaceful agricultural village.
Mizoram History and Culture
The land of the Mizo people has a long history, beginning with the ancient migration of Chinese peoples to the area and the establishment of the semi-mythical states of Chhinlung and Shan.
The centuries of close contact with Burma has given the area a culture distinct from the Indian mainland. Over hundreds of years, many tribes moved into the area, and before the British era the region’s history was characterized by large eras of agricultural peace interspersed with tribal warring.
The British permanently changed the character of the region. The Mizos began to consolidate and their past tribal feuds largely dissipated, with a new identity emerging opposite the British. The area, like much of the northeast, was home to a degree of rebelliousness, though by no means as strong as neighboring Manipur or Nagaland. The British opened the way for many American and other European missionaries to proselytize the area, leading to Mizoram today having a majority Christian population.
Mizoram became a state in 1987 after years of lobbying for its own autonomy. The consolidation of a state government went a long ways towards reducing the sectarianism that had characterized the past couple decades and nowadays Mizoram has stabilized, ushering in a new era of growth based in part off a new tourism industry.
The state is heavily forest, with many sprawling hills and valleys. It is famous for the many streams and rivers intersecting its valleys, as well as the lakes that dot its countryside. Mizoram is one of the most wild areas in India, a quality resulting from the centuries of isolation it has experienced. Many of its steep slopes are covered in bamboo.
Most of Mizoram is Christian, as it is the most frequent faith of the Mizo people. Many hill tribes pursue other faiths, and Islam and Hinduism have small communities in the area. Additionally, there is an emergent Judaism community in the state.
Mizoram is an up-and-coming tourist destination in India because of its splendid nature, gentle people and diverse cultures. After years of struggle, the state is finally ready to come out of its shell and open its arms to the world
- Durtland Hill
- Tamdil Lake
- Dampa Tiger Reserve
- Murlen National Park
- Phawngui Peak