Mizoram India - Holiday Guide to Mizoram, North East India Culture & Attractions
This small Indian state of Mizoram is probably the furthest from Indian culture you can get. In fact you are likely not to see a single Indian face among the locals, most having Thai or Chinese features. Mizoram’s history, though quite vague and disputed, is believed to be of Mongol descent with many believed to have migrated from China. Now they form a supportive society as Mizos who show no discrimination of class or sex while being known to be friendly and hospitable toward visitors.
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While the landscape and climate is highly pleasing throughout the year with exception of the monsoons, it really isn’t a popular tourist region. This isn’t surprising considering its main tourist attractions are stones, you have to get a permit before entering and there is a total liquor ban. But nether-the-less it is a highly liberated state that is working on increasing its tourism.
If you are still set on visiting this state you will no doubt get a unique taste of a vastly different culture to the rest of the sub continent. The people of Mizoram are divided into several tribes which they often use to suffix their names with. However all Mizos live harmoniously and operate like a large family of sorts, coming together for special occasions. The majority of Mizos are Christian, are cultivators and have a relaxed aura about them.
With a mild climate, both summers and winters bare comfortable temperatures, not too hot and not too cold, however the monsoon rains can seem relentless. The rains influence the region usually from May through to September so it is recommended that you plan to miss this wet season.
As mentioned previously, Mizoram’s tourist attractions are mainly stone orientated. First there is the Mangkhia Lung found in Champhai considered one of the states best monuments, and then there is Tualchang, the largest rock found in the state. Many of the stones found in Mizoram have legends associated with them like the Phulpui Grave which signifies a love story of a beautiful girl and Sibuta Lung depicting a tale of revenge. In addition, there is the Suanguilawn Inscription which is a stone slab, obviously with inscriptions believed to be that of ancient habitants of the state.
But to be fair, it is the festivals that will give you the best insight into the culture of Mizoram. Mizoram’s festivals are usually associated with agriculture and celebrate the seasonal cycle. Major festivals include Chapchar, celebrated in March and Thalfavang Kut, celebrated in November.
Other activities include the common trekking that will most likely take you up and down beautiful mountains and valleys, strolling through sanctuaries and national parks and exploring the many caves. Some of the more interesting legends include that associated with the Pukzing Cave where it is said the cave was entirely carved out by a single hair pin, while the Lamsial Puk Cave is said to hold evidence of a battle between two neighbouring villages and where the corpses of the fight can still be found.
So even though Mizoram may not be the most exciting tourist destination, it is a place where you will find a completely different way of life and some excellent legends along the way.