A gorgeous heritage village, Reiek is known for its sweeping mountain vistas and quaint traditional huts of the Mizo sub-tribes. About 29km from Aizawl, Reiek rests at an elevation of 1,548 metres overlooking the whole of Aizawl and the plains of the neighbouring country of Bangladesh.
One of the most important attractions here is the Reiek Tlang (or Reiek Hill), surrounded by thick temperate trees and bushes. It gives the travellers an opportunity to trek up the hill, with some exceptional views and diverse flora and fauna for company. This is where you’ll get to spot some of the most interesting avifauna. The climb up the cliff is quite steep, yet the golden grass and virgin forests make it every bit as enticing and thrilling.
Interestingly, there are caves that you can explore on your way up. To hear stories about the myths and folklore associated with the caves, interact with the locals.
Also, recreational activities such as fishing is highly recommended at Tlawng River, that falls on the way to Reiek Tlang from Aizawl. Apart from adventure activities, the most famous cultural extravaganza here is known as the Anthurium Festival.
It is a three-day festival that happens every September, promoting the Anthurium flowers grown in Mizoram and the rich customs and traditions of the locals. Organised by the Tourism Department and the Horticulture Department every year, the festival also showcases the cultural dances, fashion shows and the games of Mizoram.
So, if all you’re seeking is some peaceful time amidst unadulterated nature and breathe in the fresh forest air, head to the beautiful town of Reiek. The best time to visit is in April when the weather is just abut perfect for you to enjoy outdoors all day. It’s a half-hour drive away from Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram.