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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

MIZORAM

INTRODUCTION:

A small state of recent origin, Mizoram was earlier known as the Lushai Hills. The state is located at a secluded tip of north-eastern India, away from all chaos and pandemonium of the urban destinations. A picturesque sunset behind the mountains, deep mysteries of the forests, green luxuries on the hills, blue reflecting streams, sparkling waterfalls gushing with pride, are all so appealing to the senses that u just desire to carry all of this and more, back home.

QUICK FACTS:

Also Known as: The Land of Blue Mountains.

Location: Mizoram is situated in the southernmost tip of north-east India. It is surrounded by the states of Assam, Tripura and Manipur in the north and the International borders of Bangladesh in the west and Mynamar to its east.

Climate: Mizoram experiences a pleasant climate almost throughout the year. Temperature variates between 10 and 30 degree Celsius here. Rainy season prevails in the months of June to August.

Best Time To Visit: September to March.

Languages: Mizo, Englsih, Hindi apart from local languages like Zahao, Lakher, Lai, Ralte, Lushai,etc.

Main Festivals: The main occupation of Mizos is agriculture. Thus, most of the festivals here revolve around various activities related to agriculture. Mim Kut or maize festival, Chapchar Kut or celebrations after forest clearing and Pawl Kut or harvest festival are the main festivals celebrated here.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO:

Aizwal: Being the political, cultural and religious capital of Mizoram, Aizawl, is the most vibrant city of the state. The important attractions of Aizawl are Bara Bazaar or the main Bazaar, Mizoram State Museum, Bung and Paikhai which are famous picnic spots, Tamdil Lake for boating and fishing and Durtland Hills that offer a picturesque view of the state's heavenly assets.

Vairengte: A small town situated around 130 km from Aizawl, it is another scenic delight for the travelers. The place beholds ultimate green pastures, orchids in their full bloom, misty valleys and azure lakes offering a picture-perfect view. Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School is also located here, to train the anti terrorist squad.

Phawngpui: The tallest peak of Mizoram, Phawngpui, is revered as a sacred site. It is known as the blue mountain of Mizoram because of its blue appearance lent by the presence of orchids and rhododendrons.

Tamdil Lake: Tamdil Lake is a scenic lake, situated in Mizoram, at a distance of 85 km from its capital city. The lake is famous as a picnic spot where you can laze around on the green stretch circumscribing the lake. Facilities for boating are available here.

Champai: Located in the southern part of Mizoram, Champai is known as its rice bowl. It possesses a very fertile land where Orchards, Kiwis and paddy plantations are located, apart from the many vineyards situated here. Murlen National Park, with its diverse flora and fauna, is also located here.

Activities: Mizoram offers the travelers close encounters with adventure and thrill. One can enjoy elephant rides, forest safaris and trekking in the Dampa Wildlife Sanctuary and Ngengpui Sanctuary. Natural caves, dug deep inside the rocky mountains, are awaiting to be explored by you. You can feel the curiosity within to unleash the mysteries of the dark in the Pukzing caves, Milu Puk and Kugawrhi Puk. Champai is the best option for trekking, especially as the green fields and blooming rhododendrons add to the beauty of the site. Phawngpui or the blue mountains are ideal for mountaineering. Besides these activities you can also enjoy shopping and pleasure activities like boating, cycling and picnics.

TRIBAL TOUR TO MIZORAM:

Tribes of Mizoram are mainly followers of Christianity. Though Hinduism and Buddhism is also followed by some of the inhabitants. They are very ancient in origin and have an organized structure. They are mostly literates and mostly converse in English or Mizo. Their primary occupation is agriculture mainly terrace and jhum cultivation. Other means of livelihood are handloom and cottage industries, grain mills and food processing factories. People of these tribes are humble and generous. They don't miss even a single opportunity to celebrate and rejoice. The main festivals of the region include the harvest festivals of Chapchar Kut and Pawl Kut which are the harvest festivals. Their folk dance is bamboo dance known as Cheraw and Khuallam, which is a welcoming dance for the outsiders. The main tribes of Mizoram include Chakma tribes, Pawi tribes, Himar, Paithes, Lakhers, Kuki and Ralte tribes.

 
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