Lord Ram has been the bone of a political contention in India in the recent decades. Yet, there is a state in this diverse India, where “Ram” does not refer to Lord Ram!
Welcome to the northeast Indian state of Mizoram where “Ram” actually refers to “land” in the tribal language. The state’s name suggests: it is the land of the Mizo (meaning hill people).
Mizoram is located on the easternmost corner of India bordering Myanmar and Bangladesh. As regards the other Indian states, it shares border with Assam, Manipur, and Tripura.
Mizoram is the second least populated state in India after Sikkim and has a population of barely 11-lakh (2011 Census). Majority of its people are Christian by faith and the state has the highest density of tribal people in India.
Being the abode of numerous tribal communities, Mizoram manifests itself in a vibrant culture replete with unique customs, rituals, music,andfolkdances that are way different from the rest of India.
Mizoram has the highest percentage area covered by forests and as is obvious, it is home to a diverse variety of flora and fauna. It has two national parks and six wildlife sanctuaries ~ Blue Mountain (Phawngpui) National Park, Dampa Tiger Reserve, Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary, Murlen National Park, Ngengpui Wildlife Sanctuary, Tawi Wildlife Sanctuary, Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary, and Thorangtlang Wildlife Sanctuary.
Mizoram is a paradise for bird watchers and Global Connection will be delighted to offer you wings for a visit. There are as many as 640 bird species spotted in Mizoram. Of them, 27 are on the lists of threatened species worldwide and eight are on the critically endangered list.
The temperature in Mizoram during summer ranges between 20-29 degree Celsius and during winter between 7-22 degree Celsius. It rains heavily from May-September causing landslides. Hence, it is best to visit Mizoram during October-March.
The state is connected by road and air to the rest of India but the rail is yet to traverse to the landlocked hilly state. The nearest railway stations to Mizoram areS ilchar and Bairabi in Assam.
To visit Mizoram, tourists ~ both domestic and international~ need to obtain an Inner Line Permit. You can reply on Global Connection Siliguri for guidance. Some of the major tourist spots in Mizoram are listed below.