- Off the beaten track – the least visited of all the NE states
- Tribes – unique tribal cultures and weekly markets
- Wildlife – the famously dense Murlen National Park
This mountainous state on the southern tip of India’s Northeast is not a frequented destination, which is a shame given the scenic locale – blue hills, sheer cliffs, tranquil lakes and quiet villages. While Christianity is the predominant religion, most Mizos cling to their rich cultural heritage. For instance, the state-wide festival of Chapchar Kut held in spring celebrates the end of a long season of jhum (clearing forest land for agriculture) through song and dance. Dances include the highly-skilled Cheraw or Bamboo dance which is performed by a group of women dancing between crossed bamboo sticks that are rhythmically moved by men holding them at either ends, close to the ground.
If you happen to be in Aizawl over the weekend, there is a Saturday street market where village women sell local produce. Further afield, lies The Murlen National Park in the scenic Champhai district where only a percent of the sun’s rays penetrates through the jungle on a sunny day. An easier-to-access point of interest is Mizoram’s largest lake, Tamdil Lake, where one can go boating.