Known for its evergreen hills and dense bamboo jungles, Mizoram lies in the southern most tip of north east India. Called the Land of Blue Mountains, the hills are crisscrossed by gushing rivers and high sparkling waterfalls. Surrounded by Manipur, Assam, Tripura, Myanmar and Bangladesh, a drive through the center of the state, towards the Myanmar border will take you through lush green paddy fields. This geographical diversity makes it one of the most beautiful places to visit in the north east of India.
With a wide array of festivals, dances, handicrafts, flora and fauna, natural scenic beauty and pleasant climate, Mizoram has much to offer its visitors. The Tam Lake reputed for its fish and prawns is an ideal picnic spot and the facility to ride in the boats makes it even better. Around 85 km from Aizawl, the drive to the lake offers views just as beautiful as the lake itself. The Siaha river is the biggest river in Mizoram and an anglers paradise. The Vantawng Fall, surrounded by a vast stretch of thick bamboo forests, is Mizoram’s highest waterfall at 750 ft high and is another tourist attraction.
The Mizoram State Museum in Aizawl that offers a great insight into the traditions, culture and history of Mizos is a must visit while in the city.
While in Mizoram, make sure you take a walk down Zion Street. Bara Bazaar, as the locals call it, is lined with stalls selling garments. You will see the locals dressed in their traditional costumes selling produce from the farms and imports from China. The cane and bamboo handicraft that creates baskets, utensils, hats, flower vases, furniture and other decorative items, is the best souvenir you can take back from Mizoram.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN MIZORAM
Most of the good hotels in Mizoram are located in Aizawl. Though they are affordable and offer all essential facilities, it is advisable to make your reservations in advance.
With 24-hour hot water supply, the high-end hotel rooms are a better bet.
There are a few luxury resorts on the hills offering an amazing view of the valley.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN MIZORAM
While in-house restaurants provide Indian and Continental food, you will find local delicacies like steamed fish and chicken and pork moms at Bara Bazaar and Zodin Square.
Tandoori food is also available at some dhabas around the city.
For authentic Oriental cuisine, go to Beijing Blue where the Korean, Japanese and Chinese dishes are fairly decent.
BEST TIME TO VISIT MIZORAM
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Mizoram is as given below. The best time to visit Mizoram is also specified.