Aizwal Information

Aizwal is the capital of the state of Mizoram.  This scenic place is surrounded with natural beauty, and has been upgrading itself to suit the need, of the regularly rising rate of foreign visitors.as well as local   Aizwal is the largest city of Mizoram.

Location

Aizwal is located at 23.73°N and 92.72°E, just north of the Tropic of Cancer.  It has an average elevation of 1018m (3339ft).  It lies between the Tlawng River valley in the west and Tuirial River valley in the east.

Climate

Although it may lack a snowy Himalayan backdrop, it has something of the feel of a Himalayan hill station.  It is generally cool during the summers with temperatures ranging from 20 to 30°C with heavy rains during the months of May to September. Winter temperatures range from 10 to 20°C.  Fog is a common factor during winters, and the first rays of the sun drive it away to make way for the mountain peaks a sight that often attracts many tourists.

Aizwal Tour Information

Mizoram State Museum

Located in the centre of the town, this small, but interesting museum gives a good insight into Mizo traditions, culture and history.  Exhibits include a variety of objects not usually found elsewhere.

Twai

This is a wild life sanctuary, 140km east of Aizwal preserving native fauna and flora that draws regular's visitors from Aizwal.

Lake Palak

It is basically a lake (45km from Saiha/400km from Aizwal), and is said to be the home of mythical serpent wearing a ruby crown.  This is an ideal place for angling as there are many streams with crystal clear water.

Luangmual Handicrafts Centre

About half an hour's drive from Aizwal (7km) is the luangmual Handicrafts centre.  Khumbou, a hat presented to honored people is made here from a slim bamboo called Sairil.

Bora Bazaar

This is the main shopping area.  The steep Zion street lined with garment stalls and music cassette vendors leads to the main bazaar where women hawkers sit under black umbrellas selling such exotic fare as river crabs is wicker baskets, shaped like purses.

Festivals

Mim Kut

This is known as the Maize Festival and is usually celebrated during the months August and September, after the harvest of maize.  Mim Kut is celebrated with great fanfare by drinking rice-beer, singing, dancing and feasting.  Samples of the previous year's harvest are consecrated to the departed souls of the community.

Pawl Kut

Celebrated during December to January basically a Pawl Kut is Harvest Festival after the harvests are over.  It is perhaps the greatest festival, with plenty of grains in the barn and after all the labor of the year is over, what better time is there than this to have a great festival.