A Travel Guide to Aizawl

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Located 3,715 feet above the sea level, Aizawl is the capital and largest city of Mizoram. The town is known for its exquisite handicrafts, rich tribal culture, and stunning natural beauty. The hill city, Aizawl, literally means a field of wild cardamom. With picturesque views of hills and rivers, it is a popular tourist destination, especially among those looking for a calm and peaceful vacation. So, pack your bags and go on a trip to discover the breathtaking beauty of Aizawl.

Best time to visit Aizawl

While Aizawl experiences comfortable temperature throughout the year; March to May is the best time to explore the city and monsoons are best avoided.

  • Summer: Summers in Aizawl are mild with the temperature ranging between 20°C to 30°C. Tourists usually visit the city during this time.
  • Monsoon: Starting from June to September, Aizawl experiences heavy rainfall.
  • Winter: The winter season in Aizawl starts from October and lasts till February, with temperature ranging between 10°C to 21°C.

Languages spoken in Aizawl

  • Mizo
  • English

How to reach Aizawl

  • Flights to Aizawl: Lengpui Airport (AJL) is a domestic airport in Mizoram that is located around 32 km from the city. IndiGo operates flights between Aizawl and key destinations in India.
  • By train: Aizawl does not have a railway station of its own. The nearest railway station is in Silchar, Assam.
  • By bus: Aizawl is well connected via national highways. Regular buses connect the city to nearby destinations. Visitors can also reach Aizawl by private vehicles or taxis. 
  • Getting around/local transport in Aizawl: Taxis are the primary mode of transportation in the city, available at negotiable rates. There are various buses as well, running between different localities in Aizawl.
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Places to visit in Aizawl

  • The Mizoram State Museum: This ethnographic museum in Aizawl is worth a visit and it should be the first stop of your trip. Established in 1977, the museum displays traditional costumes, paintings, musical instruments, and artefacts made of bamboo and cane. 
  • Durtlang Hills: Head to Durtlang Hills to enjoy a breathtaking view of Aizawl city. It is a popular trekking destination among locals and tourists. The trek is not an easy one, but the view from the top is worth it.
  • Reiek Hills: Spread over several mountain ridges, there is no shortage of hills in Aizawl where you can go to enjoy the scenic beauty and the views that they offer. After your visit to Durtlang, visit Reiek Hills. At a height of 1,600 m, it is among the highest elevations in Mizoram. Filled with serenity and peace, along with the chirping and humming of birds, it's an ideal place for nature lovers, bird watchers, and adventure enthusiasts.
  • Vantawng Falls: A testimony to the Northeast's natural beauty is Vantawng Falls, one of the most stunning waterfalls in the state. It looks like a stream of milk, cascading through thick greenery. It is located in the River Vanva, near Thenzawl. 
  • Solomon’s Temple: A beautiful church built as a recreation of Jerusalem’s Temple of Solomon. It is a popular destination among devotees and tourists, who visit to admire the amazing architecture and its peaceful surroundings.

Shopping places in Aizawl

Shopping malls in Aizawl

  • Millenium Centre
  • Lalbuaia Shopping Complex

Street shopping in Aizawl

Products made from cane and bamboo should be a must-buy on your trip to Aizawl. There are also other things to shop, including traditional wrap-around skirts called paun, woven fabrics, woollen clothes, and handicrafts. Here are some of the must-visit shopping areas in the city with a few tips on what to buy.

  • Bara Bazaar: If you want to experience the local culture, then Bara Bazaar is the ideal place for you. It is the main shopping centre in the city and you can find everything here, from handicrafts to garments and other products. You must pick handmade wicker baskets and traditional, colourful attire from this market.
  • Zarkawt Road: There are several restaurants, hotels, and branded shops on this road. To buy traditional Mizo puans, shawls, home furnishing products, and bags, head to Zarkawt Road.
  • Solomon's Cave: This place is well-known for cosmetics, imported garments, and shoes.

Places to eat in Aizawl

David's Kitchen
David's Kitchen

Located in Chanmari, David’s Kitchen is known for its good food and traditional Mizo dishes which are reasonably priced. Do try their Smoked Pork with Mizo chutney and rice.

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Zo Food
Zo Food

It is a place to go to if you want to experience authentic, local cuisine. The restaurant is small but beautifully decorated. You can’t leave the place without trying their scrumptious Bamboo Shoot Rice and Pork Stew.

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Zote Bakery
Zote Bakery

If you have a sweet tooth, then head to Zote Bakery. Satiate your craving for sweet treats with some freshly prepared pastries and cakes. You can also try their savoury items. It remains packed almost all day long, so wait for your turn patiently.

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Magnolia Restaurant
Magnolia Restaurant

A fine-dining restaurant, Magnolia is a fantastic place to visit. Indulge in roasted pork and soup, which are a must-try. A modest eatery, the tasteful décor and good food draws tourists and locals in great numbers.

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Where to stay in Aizawl

Hotel-Chief

Hotel Chief It is a place to enjoy quality stay in the lap of nature, away from the chaos of the city. The hotel is equipped with essential amenities for a comfortable stay for its guests.

grand-hotel

Grand Hotel Located in the heart of the city, Grand Hotel offers a budget-friendly stay. Located close to shopping places like Millenium Center and Lalbuaia Shopping Complex, the hotel has amenities like airport pick and drop, Wi-Fi, and delicious authentic Mizo food from its in-house restaurant.

Annexe-Homestay

The Annexe Homestay This hotel offers a comfortable stay with all essential amenities. With great views, the Annexe Homestay is an ideal place to relax and enjoy nature.

More reasons to visit Aizawl/top things to do in Aizawl

Tamdil (Tam Lake)

Beautiful landscape and peaceful environment sums up the Tamdil Lake. Serving as a popular tourist attraction, it's a nice place to stay away from the crowd, and relax in a serene environment amidst the hills and green forests.

Falkawn Village

It is a model village, depicting the lifestyle of the Mizos. It is a great place to explore and learn about the culture of this beautiful state.

Trekking

Trekking is something that you must try while in Aizawl. With several hills surrounded by a picturesque landscape, Aizawl is the perfect place to dive into the beauty of nature in the best way possible. So, grab your trekking shoes, put on your backpack, and start your journey to explore nature by walking through thick bamboo forests, amidst an array of flora and fauna. While there are several places to trek in Aizawl, Phawngpui Peak is the most beautiful and the highest in the state. It boasts of diverse species of flora and fauna such as orchids, rhododendrons, plumed sunbirds, tigers, and leopards. Overlooking the hills of Myanmar and River Chhimtuipui, trekking to the Phawngpui Peak is an experience in itself and worth a try.

Festivals in Aizawl

Chapchar Kut Festival

The Chapchar Kut Festival is one of the significant festivals in Mizoram. Celebrated in the first week of March, this vibrant and colourful festival is unique in Mizoram because it signifies the beginning of spring. Many locals and tourists throng to the festival to glimpse the performances and other festivities. 

Mim Kut Festival

The Mim Kut Festival is another important festival that is celebrated with much fanfare. It is also called the Maize Festival since it is celebrated after the harvest of the maize crop in August/September. This vibrant event sees local songs being sung, playing of musical instruments, and traditional dances, among other performances. Locals also pay tribute to their ancestors during this festival.

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