The state capital Aizawl is perched at an altitude of 4000 ft. above sea level. It is accessible from Shillong, Guwahati and Silchar, by bus, by road and by car. It stands on a high ridge, fringed on the east by the sylvan valley of the river Tlawng, and on the north bounded by the craggy hills of Durtlang. Adorned by picturesque scenery and peaceful surroundings with mild and enjoyable weather, Aizawl is an ideal hill station for tourists looking for solitude, clean air and new destination.
In and around Aizawl
The many places of interest in Aizawl include:
The Museum at Macdonald’s Hill.
The mini Zoological Garden, Bethlehem Vengthlang.
Durtlangs Hills – picturesque Hills for viewing Aizawl.
K.V.I Handloom & Handicraft Sales Emporium, Zarkawt.
Zonunsang Handloom Show Room, Zarkawt.
MAHCO Show Room, Treasury Square.
Bung Picnic Spot, 15kms away.
Mizoram is home to a rich variety of wildlife, concentrated especially in the Dampa Sanctuary, founded in 1976, at the north-western tip of the Mizo hills. The Sanctuary is inhabited by swamp deer, tiger, leopard, elephant and hoolock gibbon. The best time to visit is November to March.
Excursions from Aizawl
Bung (15 kms) and Paikhai (16 kms), adjacent to each other, are cool breezy places for a days recreational jaunt.
Tamdil – 85 kms from Aizawl, near Saituai village, is the wonderful lake of Tamdil, an ideal picnic – spot. The lake boasts of fine boating facilities.
Vantawng Falls – 137 kms from Aizawl and 5 kms from the town of Thenzawl, are the largest and most magnificent falls in Mizoram, the Vantawng Falls. The waterfall is 750 feet high and is surrounded by a lush forest teeming with bamboo groves.
Champhai – 204 kms from Aizawl, at the other end of Mizoram, is Champhai, the sub-divisional headquarters, which affords a fantastic view of the Myanmar hills.
Lunglei – For the nature-lover, Lunglei, a District Headquarters town of south Mizoram, 235 kms from Aizawl, is the perfect site.
Phawngpui – Known as the ‘Blue Mountain’, Phawngpui is the highest peak in Mizoram. With splendid trees and flowers of all hues, Phawngpui presents a fairytale view of the blue hazed hills, and vales unfolding below.