Mizoram

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This is a very nice place near Aizawl and is a must-see. If you hire a full taxi Maruti 800/ Alto, it would cost you about Rs. 1300-1400. A hired non AC small car you never need an AC Car in Mizoram!like Wagon R, Indica, Santro etc., it will cost you Rs. 1800/-

It has a model Mizo Village. Entry ticket is Rs. 20/- for adults and Rs. 10/- for children. Ask the ticket clerk for someone to show you around otherwise you won't understand the exibits. No extra charge for such a guide.

There are four well furnished govt. cottages with hot water there for night stay, which should be an exotic experience. It costs just Rs. 400/- per day and needs to be booked in advance. There is also a cafeteria where you can have meals provided you give at least 2 hours notice. The cook is from Guwahati and makes excellent food.

There is a small trek up the mountain from the model Mozo village, which one must do. It takes you up to top of the mountain with a cliff to give you wide, breathtaking view. One must spend some time there. The climb is also quite pleasant and passes through thick forest. You can carry some picnic snacks and drinking water to the top. But make sure you don't litter the place and bring back the waste to dustbins near cafeteria, to maintain the natural, pristine beauty of the place.

In December especially in Christmas time, this place is full of festivities with live music shows atop the mountain, and there is a small stage built up there).

Mizoram is full of beautiful and pristine places. Mizoram Tourism department has failed to promote this state. One gets from little to no help on reserving government accommodation. There are very few tour operators in Aizawl. Serow Tours is the best amongst them. It is dedicated to promote tourism in Mizoram.

Unlike other popular tourist hot spots in India, Mizoram does not very famous places/spots which you can talk about after your visit. One should rather enjoy the weather, the raw nature around, the thick and unending forests, winding roads and overall scenic beauty which can not always be described in catchy phrases and photographs. Just chill in the lovely, nature fresh , naturally air conditioned weather, understand the local culture and way of living, soak in the peace and tranquility and unwind for a while.

phawngpui

One of the finest encounter with Mizoram's splendid vistas is Phawngpui, its highest peak, extremely popular with trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. The Blue Mountain, as it is often referred to, is 300 km from Aizawl and close to the Myanmar border. Fragrant herbs and rare species of orchids and rhododendrons are found here.

champhai

Drive along the fertile plains of Champhai, about 200 km from Aizawl, to enjoy the stunning vista of emerald rice fields bordered by the smoky hills of Myanmar. Champai has the biggest strech of plains in Mizoram which is used for rice cultivation.

This bustling commercial hub on the Indo-Myanmar borderline also attracts nature lovers by the droves. You can book accomodation in a government lodge. All the huts have scenic view of beautiful hills in Myanmar. It is worth enjoying the clear sky at night. You will realize that there are more stars in the sky than you thought.

The road from Aizwal to Champai is not very good in some places and it takes about 8 hours one way by a shared SUMO. A privately hired car may take about 6-7 hrs. Top speed of only 40 km per hr is possible. But the raw and yet scenic beauty one enjoys along the winding, turning road which goes through thick forests, is a memorable experience.

tamdil

Pick a picnic basket and head out for Tamdil Tam Lake. This natural lake is reputed for its fish and prawns and is an 85 km drive from Aizawl. The drive gives you an excellent opportunity to see some of the prettiest areas of Mizoram. Go for boat rides if they are not closed because the boats are in bad shape relax by the tranquil waters, and, if you can, take a drive into the nearby jungles, which are home to an assortment of fascinating flora and fauna. You can also stay here overnight. The resort village of Saituai is just 10 km away.

dampa wildlife sanctuary

Dampa is a tiger reserve located in West Phaileng district and is 127 km from Aizawl. It is better to book the government lodge well in advance. You need the permit from forest officer staying in West Phaileng to enter Dampa forest. This can be done also from forest department in Aizawl. You should be careful while visiting the forest on a rainy day as it is infested with leeches. This Sanctuary has different types of Birds and Animal, like Tiger, Elephants.

lunglei

This district town in South Mizoram is a popular hill station, with fascinating vignettes of Mizoram's legendary natural beauty.

rihdil

This is a very beautiful lake situated in Myanmar and is very near to the Indo-Myanmar border. Rih means heart. Dil means lake. This lake is heart-shaped. You can reach this place from Champhai. You need to catch an auto from Govt lodge to reach Champhai bazaar. Then, you need to reserve a seat in a shared SUV which leaves for Zokhawthar rougly meaning a 'new Mizo village' . Zokhawthar is situated at the Indo-Burma border. Get a permit about 10 rupees from the Burmese outpost to enter Burma.

Once you enter Burma, you can walk upto the lake which is around 1.5 km from the outpost or you can hire a bike which will be driven by a Burmese. You need to start your journey early in the morning, not because the place is far but because unless the shared SUV gets all the passengers, it will not leave for Zokhawthar, and there are only a few such shared SUVs running between Champhai and Zokhawthar. It is better you hire a cab in Champhai. It is also possible to take your vehicle if you have exclusively hired it inside for a fee. Ask the driver to do the needful.

There is restaurant by the lake side and about six cottages for stay, which are owned by the restaurant. You can take a boatride in the lake, which costs Rs 400/- for full perimeter ride for 10 people and Rs. 200/- for half round. Indian currency is accepted.

vantawng fall

Surrounded by a vast stretch of thick bamboo forests close to Thenzawl hill station is Mizoram's highest waterfall Vantawng 750 ft high. Located 152 km from Aizawl, this popular water body is worth a visit. You can evn stay overnight as it has cafeteria and cottage for hire.

siaha

Siaha is an angler's paradise on the Chhimtuipui locals call it Beino, Mizoram's biggest river, 378 km from Aizawl. An overnight stay can be arranged at the tourist lodge at Siaha. Phawngpui Blue Mountain is 30 km away.

aizawl

This 112-year-old citadel-like city, with its timber houses and profusion of flowers is set on a ridge at approximately an altitude of 4000 ft above sea level. Aizawl is a religious and cultural center of the Mizos. Aizawl lies just north of Tropic of cancer.

With a population of approximately 300 000, it has cloudless blue skies, dewy mornings and sunlit days carry a promise of unforgettable holiday pleasures practically all year round. Even the monsoon months are pleasant and gentle.

The Mizoram State Museum near the Chief Minister's Bungalow is worth a visit. It has a nominal entry fee of Rs. 5/-. The visit should serve as a primer before you explore Mizoram.