Amidst tranquil waterfalls and lush green slopes, Mizoram should definitely be your next travel getaway. Picturesque landscapes, and beautiful flora and fauna, make this Northeastern state an ideal destination to rejuvenate the mind and soul.
Here are the top 10 must do’s, to get the best out of Mizoram.
10. Pick up curios and souvenirs
For shopaholics and those who collect things as keepsakes, the local markets in Mizoram overflow with colourful handicrafts. From fine woven baskets to Paun (a beautifully handwoven cloth), there is always something worth taking back home.
9. Treat yourself to Mizo delicacies
Often referred to as a cuisine that is easy on taste buds, Mizo delicacies pack a punch in terms of their light blend of diverse indigenous flavours. While “Bai” is a wholesome fix for sudden hunger pangs, “Sanpiau” is a more popular and zesty dish. You cannot miss sips of “Lubrusca” grape wine to complement these flavours.
8. Get drenched in the Vantawng Falls
The beauty of Mizoram lies in its captivating waterfalls—unique and tranquil. Nestled among lush bamboo groves and rocky terrains, the Vantawng Falls is the highest waterfall in the state.
7. Satisfy your eyes on the flora and fauna
Quite a haunt for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts, Palak Lake has a wide variety of flora and fauna inhabiting its banks. Pristine and untouched, the lake is surrounded by lush green forests, attracting migratory birds. It is a sight for life when the sun rays illuminate the lake.
6. Trek in the virgin forests
Unspoilt and untouched, the beauty of the hills in Mizoram beckons all the thrill seekers. While Phwangpui or Blue Mountain National Park has one of the best trails, Champhai, Lengteng and Mawmrang do not fall far behind as they offer some of the most off-beat trails. A delight for trekkers, these trails are exhilarating, yet calming because of the sheer beauty enveloping it.
5. Explore the caves
With an abundance of natural caves dotting its terrain, Mizoram’s Khuangchera Puk claims to be the longest. While the eerie darkness is one if its attractions, its stalagmite formations and natural streams are better than most caves you may have explored.
4. Relive history in the Memorial of Chhingpuii
The memorial of Chhingpuii was built as a symbol of eternal love. One of the most popular tourist destinations, each pillar has a story hidden in clay. For history and architecture buffs, this memorial has a lot to offer.
3. Experience the Chapchar Kut Spring Festival
As winter gives way to spring, March becomes the most-awaited month in Mizoram, for it is the harbinger of the spring festival, Chapchar Kut. Fields get prepared for the Jhum or slash and burn agriculture, and Mizos prepare themselves in their traditional finery to indulge in the festivities of the season. Colourful attire, sumptuous food and diverse tribes make this a festival to remember. Music and dance is an integral part of this festival, featuring traditional dance forms with bamboo poles.
2. Get adventurous with mountain biking
Adventure and thrill is part and parcel of the Mizo experience, which is incomplete without mountain biking. Challenging and exciting, Hmuifang hill provides the best opportunity for an adrenaline rush.
1. Seek peace and quiet in Phawngpui Hills
‘The House of the Gods” is the highest mountain peak in Mizoram, located near the Myanmar border. It offers panoramic views, exotic species of flora and fauna (rhododendrons and vibrant orchids), and is sheltered by dense bamboo groves. A retreat for those seeking peace, this hill station relaxes the mind, body and soul. Blessed with pleasant weather, the hills extend the best of Mizo hospitality in its purest form.