Mizoram: Amazing Landscape and Pleasant Climate
Mizoram, in the northeast, is the southern most landlocked state sharing borders with three of the seven sister states, namely Tripura, Assam & Manipur. It also shares its borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh. There are eight districts in Mizoram - Lunglei, Champhai, Lawngtlai, Mamit, Kolasib, Serchhip, Saiha and Aizawl being the state capital. Mizoram is second least populated state of India. Agriculture in Mizoram predominantly uses slash-and-burn driven Jhum cultivation. Mizo is the official language and the most widely used language for verbal interactions, but English, being important for education, administration, formalities and governance, is widely used. Mizos are predominantly Christians.
Mizoram is a mountainous region cocooned in aesthetic beauty. Its mighty hills interspersed with rivers are simply irresistible. Its literacy rate is second highest in India after Kerala. Peaks crowned with mist, captivating valleys, enchanting streams and meek tribal villages offer a lot of enjoyment to the discerning tourists. It is said that Mizos migrated to this land hundreds of years ago.
With a salubrious climate, dense forests and hilly terrains, Mizoram tourism has plenty to offer for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The state is emerging as a major eco tourism and adventure tourism destination in Northeast. The scintillating grandeur of its dense tropical forests, verdant green paddy fields and admirable vineyards showcases the gifts that Mother Nature has bestowed Mizoram with. Domestic and International tourists both require Inner Line Pass, however, International tourists additionally have to register themselves with state police within 24 hours of arrival as a formality.
Art & Handicrafts
Sheer abundance of beautiful handicrafts in Mizoram make it a big hit with tourists inclined towards shopping. The artists are highly skilled in transforming simple raw materials into attractive items. The craftsmen of this beautiful North East Indian state are expert in their traditional art of weaving. The weavers use bright colours and traditional designs and patterns on their looms and create wonderful fabrics. A wide variety of cane and bamboo handicrafts are also available in the markets of Mizoram. Simple yet mesmerizing such are the designs of cane and bamboo items. The beautiful handicrafts of Mizoram are also known for their durability.
Culture, Dance & Music
The culture of the Mizos has undergone tremendous change since the arrival of Christianity in late 1890s. Contemporary people of Mizoram celebrate Christmas, Easter and other Christian celebrations replacing many of old tribal customs and practices. The merriment of a festival increases manifold when accompanied by music and dance. Music and dance do not only form a significant part of the festivities but are also recognized as a form of recreation. Some of the important traditional dance forms of Mizoram include: Cheraw or Bamboo Dance, Khuallam and Chheihla. Mizos are innately very good singers and they enjoy folk, native, modern rock and country style music and singing.
Forests & Wildlife
Mizoram is host to numerous species of wildlife and flora. Mammal species observed in the Mizoram forests include Slow Loris, Red serow, Goral, Tiger, Leopard and Asiatic Black Bear.Other than mammalian wildlife, the state is home to many reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. The state has two national parks and six wildlife sanctuaries - Blue Mountain (Phawngpui) National Park, Dampa Tiger Reserve (largest), Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary, Murlen National Park, Ngengpui Wildlife Sanctuary, Tawi Wildlife Sanctuary, Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary, and Thorangtlang Wildlife Sanctuary. Mizoram has the third highest total forest arean in India.
Cusine and Food
Mizos prefer non spicy food. They prepare their dishes in such a way that their nutrients are retained. The wine made at home is quite famous there. Try its popular drink 'Zu'(tea).
Accommodation, Climate, Best time to Travel
Accomadation: Mizoram has a wide variety of hotels catering to different needs and budget of the tourists. Famous hotels are Berawtlang Tourist Recreation Centre, Royale Hotel, Ritz hotel, Chief hotel and Chaltalang Tourist Lodge.
Climate: Mizoram has a mild climate, being relatively cool in summer 20 to 29 °C with winter temperatures ranging from 7 to 22 °C. The region is influenced by monsoons, raining heavily from May to September with little rain in the dry (cold) season.
Best time to travel: November to March