Famous For: Aizawl is the seat of a rich tribal cultural extravaganza and is famous for its handicrafts. The town is blessed with exotic natural beauty. However, it has many interesting places to visit. Such as –Reiek, Durtlang Hills, Mizoram State Museum, KV Paradise, Vantawng Falls, Hmuifang, Dampa Tiger Reserve, Solomon Temple, Falkawn Village, Salvation Army Temple, Dampa Tiger Reserve, Phawngpui Peak, Saiha, Berawtlang Tourist Complex, Phawngpui, Tamdil (Tam Lake) etc.Major Attraction: Reiek, Vantawng Falls, Durtlang Hills, Mizoram State Museum, Hmuifang, Dampa Tiger Reserve, Tamdil (Tam Lake), Phawngpui Peak.Ideal Visit Time: Aizawl experiences moderate summer conditions and the temperature generally remains between 16°C and 27°C. Summer in Aizawl starts from March and can be felt till May. Most of the tourists generally prefer visiting the city during summer season.
Aizawl is the capital of the state of Mizoram in India. It was officially established on 25 February 1890. It is the largest city in the state with a population of 293,416. It is also the centre of administration containing all the important government offices, state assembly house and civil secretariat. The population of Aizawl strongly reflects the different communities of the ethnic Mizo people. (According to wiki)
Aizawl is full of cloudless blue skies, dewy mornings and sunlight. It helps to ensure the enjoyment of unforgettable holidays all year round. Even the rainy months are pleasant and enjoyable which is really rare.
Let’s talk about some attractive places of Aizawl below-
Reiek is one of the highest mountains in Mizoram. It is about 1465 meters high. It is also known as ‘Reiek Tlang’, which is located about 29 km away from the city of Aizawl. Reiek is a great place to enjoy the full scenery of Aizawl. The surrounding valleys also carry a backdrop of view borrowed from the Mizo Mountains, which will instantly grab your attention. The mountain offers a beautiful trekking opportunity, which is usually quite suitable for a relaxing-sunless day.
Among most of the northeastern trekking destinations in India, the peak of Rick is relatively undiscovered and sits quite nicely in the pearls of the mountains. There are some traditional small villages on the Reek hill, which carry the heritage of Mizoram. In addition to the sights, the hill is a bird sanctuary. This is definitely good news for bird lovers. As you climb the mountain, you will meet one Peregrine Falcon after another, which is well known for building nests on rocky outcrops.
Vantawng Falls is the highest waterfall in the entire state and the 13th highest in the country. It is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Northeast. Vantawng Falls is the pride of Mizoram and one of its main attractions. It is located about 137 km from the capital Aizawl. The waterfall is surrounded by dense green parallel valleys. Seen from a distance, the water of the waterfall looks like a stream of white milk.
Hundreds of tourists from all over the state flock to see it and are overwhelmed by its beauty. Due to the dense jungle of the surrounding valley, the waterfall can only be perceived from a distance. It is located on the Vanva River near Thenzawl, which is well-known for the speed of water flow. Vantawng Falls is a testament to the amazing natural beauty hidden in the northeast, which is a very well-known sight.
Durtlang Hills is a popular tourist attraction, located north of Aizawl. This hill carries a panoramic view of the entire capital. There is also an adventurous trekking system. You can reach your own vehicles if you want; You can reach the destination while enjoying the natural beauty. You can also enjoy a slide mountaineering here if you want. The best time to visit Durtlang is in the morning. Just when the sun is in the east with its soft rays, you can come to enjoy Durtlang Hills.
Mizoram State Museum
This famous museum is located right in the middle of the city. The museum displays the rich heritage of Mizoram, which attracts domestic and foreign tourists. This museum can be of special benefit to special archaeological researchers. In addition to numerous archeological specimens, photographs and specimens of natural history, an entire gallery here is dedicated to the Mizo tribes.
Hmuifang is a famous hill town at the heart of the state of Mizoram. It’s located a distance of 50 km from the capital city of Aizawl. The hill station is known for its adventure and wildlife-related activities which draws many enthusiasts to its hills. It is one of the most beautiful destinations in Mizoram. Hmuifang or Hmuifang Tlang is such an amazing hill station with a lot to offer to the discerning traveller. It goes without saying that there is no development of human civilization here.
Hmuifang is also famous for holding a festival promoted by the Tourism Development of Mizoram called the Thalfavang Kut, that gives you a peek into the Mizo culture by showcasing various dances such as Cheraw, Sawlakai, Siktuithiang lam and Chheihlam. It’s also a place, which is full of promises for tourism and related activities and a paradise for adventure lovers.
Dampa Tiger Reserve
Dampa Tiger Reserve is a splendid wildlife sanctuary. It is located amidst the deep and dense forests of Mizoram in India. It covers a sprawling area of over 500 sq km on the western side of Mizoram and touches the international boundaries of Bangladesh. Its distance from Aizawl is about 125 km. It is rich in various flora and fauna, which attracts tourists and nature lovers from all over the world.
This sanctuary was given the status of a tiger reserve in the year 1994, and today the reserve is home to many animals like Tigers, Sloth Bears, The Barking Deer, Leopards, Indian Python and a variety of birds. It is a wonderful place for conservation of flora and fauna, especially tigers, through a Government of India-funded project.
Tamdil (Tam Lake)
Tamdil Lake is a beautiful lake with the magnificent landscape, clear, blue water and serene environment, which translates into ‘Lake of Mustard ‘ in Mizo. It is the largest lake in the state of Mizoram. Surprisingly, this lake is the only man-made lake that serves as a natural tourist attraction in the state. Between the evergreen forests and the mountains, this green lake is located in the mountains of Mizoram, about 100 km east of Aizawl.
You can spend some time from your busy life in the lap of this nature effortlessly. As well as being a tourist destination, the lake is also very important for the fishermen of the region, which serves as their livelihood. You can take a boat ride on this lake, walk along the shore or just spread out a rug where you can lie down and read a book. It is also not bad to have a small picnic with your family by the lake.
Phawngpui Peak is considered to be the abode of the goddess of the Mizo tribe and that’s why this peak is a revered and sacred hill among the tribes of the state. It is located about 300 km south of Aizawl and is the highest peak in the state. It is about 2100 m high. This beautiful blue mountain will create a kind of unwelcome excitement in you that will make you want to come back again and again. You can also do adventure trekking here, which requires you to be very brave. The combination of mountains and sky is able to cheer up your mind in an instant.
How To Reach
By Road: Aizawl is well-connected by bus routes with other major cities during the day as well as night, because it is the capital city of Mizoram state. Well-known bus services that ply in and out of Aizawl are John Travels, Capital Travels, Network Travels, Jagganath Travels & Tour Pvt. Ltd, Trishul Transport Service, Deep Travels, Ratnagiri Transport and Mizoram State Transport buses.
By Train: Aizawl does not have any railway station. The nearest railway station is Manu, which is 75 km away and the another is in Silchar, which is 180 km away from the city centre. After reaching the railway station, you can hire a rental cab and make your way to the city.
By Air: Aizawl has its own airport and it’s known as ‘Aizawl Lengpui Airport’. It’s about 32 km away from the city centre. It is connected to the main cities like Kolkata, Guwahati and Silchar almost throughout the week. Major airlines like Jet Airways, Air India, SpiceJet and GoAir fly in and out of Aizawl’s airport on a regular basis. Taxi and cabs are available from the airport to reach the city.