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Mizoram is an exotic state located in North Eastern India and is a part of the seven sister states in the region. It became the 23rd state of India on the 20th of February, 1987. Aizawl is the capital city of Mizoram and the language spoken in this state is Mizo.

The state is home to the Lushai, Paite, Mara, Hmar, Lai and many other tribes. Mizoram paints an entirely different picture of India and is magnificently picturesque. It has an area of 21,087 Sq Kilometers.

Mizoram was initially a district under the state of Assam, before it was run by local chieftains. During the 19th century, events in the region were dotted with tribal raids and headhunting organized by village chieftains. It shares its border with Bangladesh and Burma; and with the Indians states of Manipur, Tripura and Assam.

Why Visit Mizoram?

The state houses lush green mountains and is situated in the lap of nature. Beauty adorns every nook and corner of the state and clouds find shelter between the mountains. The climate in Mizoram is very pleasant as it is not very cold in the winter and moderately and pleasantly cool during the summers. The winters bring vast stretches of clouds into the houses when the windows are opened and the jungles turn marvelously green and thrive during this season. Mizoram has beautiful wooded hills, quick silver streams and still and pleasant lakes.

Exploring its Exotic Culture

The origin of the Mizo tribe is shrouded in mystery. The population of the state comprises of several ethnic tribes, who are collectively known as Mizos and the overall populace includes Lushai, Paite, Hmar, Mara, and Lai people. Mizos suffix their names with the names of their tribes.

Traditional music in Mizoram is very gentle and soft, and the locals claim that their songs can be sung throughout the night without any hint of fatigue. Country style music is very popular in Mizoram with the guitar being a popular instrument. Early Mizos worshipped nature and used music to express their hopes and fears.

Gospel music forms an integral part of their culture. The younger generations, in recent times, experiment with musical genres like rock, rap, metal, hip-hop and pop.

Festivals in Mizoram are greatly influenced by Western culture. Christmas is the biggest festival in the state and community feasts are organized during this time. Traditional Mizo gatherings are planned according to the agricultural calendar. Mim Kut, Chapchar Kut and Pawl Kut are festivals which are celebrated with aplomb and signify the onset or the offset of the harvesting season.

The most famous dance amongst Mizos is called Cheraw, which is also known as the bamboo dance. Khullam is a dance performed by guests while a community feast is being held. Chheih Lam is a dance form that is performed over a round of rice beer.

Mizos have no sexual or class discrimination and are a very close knit community. They practice an active church life. The language used in the state is Mizo but English is also widely used. Presbyterians form a large part of the Christian sect and the state has Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists as the minority.

Facts for Tourists

Mizoram is connected with the rest of India by road and air. There are no rail routes to Mizoram; and the nearest railway station is located at Lumding, which lies 489 kilometers from Aizawl. Guwahati in Assam is a major hub and is well connected with Mizoram and the rest of India.




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