Mizoram is a state in the northeast of India. Mizoram is considered by many as a beautiful place due to its dramatic landscape and pleasant climate. There have been many attempts to increase revenue through tourism but many potential tourists find the lack of amenities to be a hurdle. However, the State continues to promote itself and many projects have been initiated. The tourism ministry continues to maintain or upgrade its tourist lodges throughout the state. Foreign tourists are required to obtain an 'inner line permit' under the special permit before visiting. The permit can be obtained from Indian missions abroad for a limited number of days or direct from Mizoram Government authorities within India. The state is rich in bird diversity, which has the potentiality to make it a major birding destination. For Mrs Hume's pheasant (Syrmaticus humiae), Mizoram is a stronghold. There is also a rare record of the wild water buffalo from the state. There are several past records of the Sumatran rhinoceros from Mizoram, then Lushai Hills. The small population of wild elephants can be seen in Ngengpui and Dampa Sanctuaries. Some of the interesting sites are Mizo Poets' Square also known as Mizo Hlakungpui Mual in Mizo, the Great Megaliths locally known as 'Kawtchhuah Ropui'.
Destinations in Mizoram
Aizawl, a 112 year old city is the capital of Mizoram and it is the largest city in the state with a population of 291,822. It is the centre of the administration of the entire state with all the government offices within and secretariat. Tourists can easily access the place via flights, buses and train. The main tourist attraction in Aizawl is Aizawl Zoological Park, State Museum in Mc Donald Hill, Science center, Handloom and handicrafts showroom, Horticulture Centre and Martyr’s memorial. Natural attractions in the area are the Durtlang hills, KV Paradise and Muthi Hilltop.
With beautiful butterflies, tribal traditions and other cultural richness, the city of Champhai takes pride in a wonderful view of the Myanmar hills. The population in the city is 108,392 and covers an area of 3,185.83 sq km. It is a commercial town in Mizoram strewn with mesmerizing scenery around it. It is a great place for trekkers for hills and peaks surround the place where one can pack bags and go. Main tourist attractions of the place are Rih Dil Lake and other ancient ruins and stones such as Lamsial Puk, Mura Puk, Sikpui Lung, Fiara Tui.
A town in Serchhip district, Thenzawl is an important town in Mizoram which is famous for traditional handloom industry. It is 43 kms. away from Aizawl. Tourists can visit the place and buy the best of handloom products. Tourist attractions here are Vantawng waterfall, Chawngchilhi Cave and the Thenzawl Deer park.
Situated in the south central part of Mizoram, Lunglei is also often spelled as Lungleh which means ‘bridge of rock’. It is one of the prominent towns in Mizoram and is at a distance of 131 miles from Aizawl. Rich in flora and fauna, Lunglei is at an altitude of 1222 meters. There is a Buddha engrave stone in Lunglei for which it is famous.
Located at a distance of 83 kms from Aizawl, Kolasib is a town which is at the north of Mizoram. The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) which is a concept for farmers here by National Agricultural Research system is located in the town of Kolasib itself. Kolasib is worth visiting due to its agriculture dominated state. So rich is its agricultural production that the state of Mizoram yields a lot from it.
A town in the district of Kolasib, Vairengte is located at a distance of 130 kms from the capital city of Aizawl. Surrounded by green lush and mountains, Vairengte is a postcard destination of Mizoram. One of those places which stays unexplored and virgin. It is the perfect place for adventurers who look out for surprises and excitement.
Mamit town is located in the district of Mamit about 89 kms from Aizawl and easily accessible via bus and jeep services. Mamit is mostly covered in dense forest and mountains and rivers. One can get a sense of visual as well as physical satisfaction just by driving through this place and enjoying the sceneries around.
The headquarter town of Serchhip district, the town is located in the central part of Mizoram. It is at a distance of 112 kms away from the town of Aizawl. The Serchhip district has the highest literacy rate in the whole of India. Filled with grassy landscape, the town of Serchhip is the location to one of the spectacular waterfalls of Mizoram, Vantawng Khawhthla. The sounds of the fall in one’s ears is nothing less than melody.
A census town in the district of Saiha district, the town is the headquarters of Mara Autonomous District Council which is one of the three councils within Mizoram. The town is located in the south central part of the state. It is the third most populated and developed town in Mizoram. Tourism attractions in Saiha are Tipo Lake and Mt. Mawma. The missionary houses built 100 years back are still present here which are worth witnessing.