Mizoram ,predominantly a Christian populated state, is towards the south most tip of the North-Eastern States, sharing borders with Manipur, Assam, Tripura then jutting down between Myanmar and Bangladesh.
The word Mizo means highlander , a collective name given by their neighbours to a number of tribes which settled in the area. They are originally believed to have come from North-Western China and gradually pushed themselves towards their present Homeland less than 300 years ago. The state has thick bamboo forests. rivers run in narrow ribbons that seem to be challenging onlookers to plunge in for some adventure and excitement. The hill ranges running in north-south direction are resplendent with green vegetation throughout the year. The highest peak, Phawngpui (meaning vast meadows) known as Blue mountain a garden of rhododendron of arboreum and veitchianum species is 2,065 mtrs(7.110 t.) and the average height height of the hills is around 1,000 mts. There are a number of a hilly streams which murmur through idyllic scenario.
The mizos boast of number of folk and community dances that have been handed down over the generations.It is in these dances that the visitors can get glimpse of the tribal heritage of the Mizos in all its exotic hues. Most important of these dances are Cheraw (the bamboo dance), Khuallam Solakia and Chheih Iam. Interestingly, none of these dances where intended for the stage-they evolved through community involvement and participation.
Perhaps because of through influence of nature, The Mizos love flowers. Every house seems decorated with orchids and pots of geranium, begonia and balsam apart from over a thousand verities of medicinal plants which grow wild here.
If you have come to Mizoram, you must buy the Khumbeu ceremonial bamboo hat that id made of waterproof wild Hnahthial leaves. Bara Bazaar is the main shopping centre of Aizwal, where all the handicrafts and handloom articles (shawls, textiles, bags and fine bamboos) are available. A visit to the State Govt. and Handloom Emporium is also advisable for genuine, quality and variety of artifacts compared to the open markets in the capital. You can buy traditional Mizo handicrafts and other utility items here.Apart from this are New Market, Ritz Market, Bazaar Bungkawn, Thakthing Bazaar, Burma Lane and Solomon cave.
FESTIVAL FIESTA IN MIZORAM
The festivities and celebration in the North-Eastern states of India are a colourful reflection of the people and their lives. Throughout the year, festivals are celebrated by different people in different ways, most of them centering around their modes of living and livelihood.
Chapchar Kut Feb./March
Mim Kut Aug./Sept.
Pawl Kut Dec./Jan.