One of the seven sister states in northeastern India, Mizoram is sandwiched between Myanmar in the south and east and Bangladesh in the west. It shares domestic borders with the states of Assam, Manipur and Tripura, while the Tropic of Cancer runs through its heart. Mizoram spreads over an area of 21,081 sq. Kms and according to 2001 census report the population of the state stood at 888,573. The state boasts a literacy rate of 88.8%, the second highest after the Indian state of Kerala. Cultivation is the main occupation of the Mizo people and the main crops are lemon, oranges, passion fruit, papaya and pineapple.
Mizoram – Tourist Destinations
Though Mizoram is the smallest state but the state is home to a number of enchanting places. That has been designated as ‘must see’ for tourists. The state capital, Aizawl boasts of several tourist attractions and it is also an ideal base to discover the magical offerings of the abode of the Highlanders. Just 16 kms from Aizawl, Bung and Paikhai are popular picnic spots. Apart from these, many historic monuments and fabled caves are scattered across the state.
How to Reach
By Air: Aizawl airport is the only airport of Mizoram which is connected to Imphal (30 mnts) and Kolkata (1 hr 30 min). Indian Airlines (Alliance Air) flights ply to and from Kolkata and Aizawl (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) and Kolkata – Aizawl – Imphal – Aizawl – Kolkata (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
By Railways: Nearest railhead is located at Silchar in Assam at a distance of 184 kms from Silchar. From Guwahati, reach Silchar by Barak Valley Express, Cachar Express or Tripura Passenger. The journey will take around 19 hrs.
Roadways: National Highway No. 54 connects state capital, Aizawl with the rest of the country through Silchar (Assam). Buses are available from Silchar to Aizawl, the journey will take 6 to 8 hrs. Bus services are available during the night too. You may also reach Aizawl by hiring a taxi. Aizawl is also accessible by road from Shillong and Guwahati. Road distances of some of the important destinations from Aizawl are Guwahati (506 kms), Imphal (374 kms), Agartala (443 kms), Shillong (450 kms) and Kohima (479 kms).
Shopping in Mizoram
Shopping constitutes an important part of any tour to the state of Mizoram. Like other north-eastern states of India, Mizoram encompasses a rich tradition of handlooms and handicrafts that make shopping an enjoyable affair for you. From ancient time, Mizos are known as great weavers. The age-old tradition is deeply rooted in their tribal consciousness, the influence of which can be found in a certain pattern of designs and motifs. In addition to weaving, the Mizos are traditionally skilled in making bamboo products such as furniture, baskets, hats, utensils and flower vases.