ChaloHoppo to Celebrate Chapchar Kut in Mizoram!
From exploring the organised streets of Aizawl to walking in the virgin forests; driving through the Wild Mizoram to boarding two-wheeler taxis; trekking to the top of the surreal peak to caving in the pitch dark; buying fruits from shopkeeper-less shops to challenging your taste buds with Mizo food. Explore the land far east!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
Get your souls wandering in the least known land of the North-East. Experience the life on the other side, a country within itself. Explore the mix of Korean-Mizo culture and alien tasting delicacies. Take a drive around the quiet but awake Aizawl.
Drive through the wild Mizoram to feel ADVENTURE at its best. Satisfy your hunger to trek and cave. Disappear in the never-ending spring hills and let your thoughts flow on the paper. Find your childhood among the empty corn fields and kids fishing in the ponds. Find solace in the sound of water falling through mountains. Witness Mizoram celebrate the Festival of Spring! Celebrate Mizoram!
Note of thanks: We would like to thank David Channa of Aizawl for allowing us to use his pictures to bring this itinerary to life. During our travel, we don’t always have a professional photographer to document the beauty of the place and hence such help and cooperation help us greatly.
- Breakfast and Dinner on all the days.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in Hotels.
- ChaloHoppo Guy as the tour leader.
- Transport throughout the trip.
- Parking, tolls, driver allowance, driver accommodation and driver food.
- All necessary permits to enter Mizoram.
- A local expert guide.
- All the activities on the trip.
- Airfare charges.
- All food & beverages cost apart from the ones mentioned above.
- Trekking shoes and clothing ( Any personal equipment).
- Any camera fees.
- Hotel & driver tips if any, since the locals earn low wages, your tips can show your appreciation)
- Any personal expenditure (Toiletries, medicines, etc.).
- Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Inclusions”.
Welcome to the land far East
After you land in Lengpui airport, hop on your pickup and head to Aizawl city. It will take you about 90 minutes to reach your Hotel, which will be your comfortable abode for the days spent in Aizawl. Ease out your shoulders and back by sinking in your bed and head for an authentic Mizo dinner (Get ready to challenge your taste Buds!).
Satisfy the hunger for adventure
It’s a day full of adventures! As we take the road leading us out of the charming city and head west to the ones looked over by the golden mountains of Mizoram. An hour ride, passing over the longest river of the state, Tlawng we reach Reiek. A small village settled in Mamit District.
Trek up for 2 hours to place your feet 6,000 ft. high and witness the never-ending folds of mountains till they turn into plains of Bangladesh, caressed by the soft morning mist.
Rest your head on the big boulder jutting out of the peak, listening to the folklore of the place while Aizawl overlooks you from behind. It’s your time to expel the thoughts and lose them to the cold breeze around.
Head back to Aizawl to explore the markets, from handicrafts made of bamboos to Mizo traditional dress. Head to the best viewpoint of the city to ATC viewing gallery and glance as the sun sets beneath the orange sky.
Explore the Mizo Tlangs
After an early breakfast, we head south to Falkawn village, hosting a well-maintained model of the traditional Mizo village. Step in the traditional Mizo bamboo huts, to get to know the culture better and understand the Mizo way of living. Learn about the traditions of the village and the practices during the headhunting days.
We head further south to the known tourist spot of Hmuifang. Walk bare feet on the soft grass hills and taste some fresh local fruit juices. Detach yourself from your existing life and head into the virgin forests of a short walk.
40 mins ahead, stands the romantic hills of Sialsuk. We will head for a hike passing through numerous small hills to get to Sialsuk Tlang, once the home to the old village.
Head to the coziest abode in Thenzawl our abode for tonight. If time permits we go for a stroll in the village to the small ponds all around to see the sunset over the cornfields.
Watch the Water Fall
We wake up early and leave to witness the two most famous waterfalls of the state. Starting with the unique Turihiau waterfalls, one of those waterfalls which can be viewed from behind as well with a cave right behind the falls.
Next head to view the largest known waterfall in Mizoram, Vantwang Falls.
Come back to have the much-needed breakfast and visit the prospering handloom industry set up in the small homes in the village.
Time to leave Serchhip to reach on time for a typical mainland lunch in Aizawl and ease out in your rooms.
Celebrate the festival of Chapchar kut
This is the day we celebrate Chapchar kut, the festival of Spring in Aizawl. Dawn your Mizo attires and make your way to the local ground to witness Mizos celebrate the much awaited festival.
Witness the traditional dance, parade and local bands perform. The whole city will be drowning in the festive mood and so should we!
If you get the steps right you can eve try to shake a leg to the Mizo tunes.
Head back to the hotel after a long day of celebrations!
It’s time to bid farewell to this unexplored gem, Mizoram! Kaw law me!
Chaltlang Tourist Lodge.
The perfect place to stay in the higher region of Aizawl. The food and services are apt and friendly for the first time travellers to the Unexplored Mizo Land.
The serene abode in the beautiful town of Thenzawl. The spacious beautiful gardens are a perfect match for your cosy cottages. The best staying option in the less explored town of Thenzawl.
30 Days prior to arrival: 50% refund
15 Days prior to arrival: 25% refund
Less than 15 Days prior to arrival : 0% refund
What type of bag to carry?
Carry a small bag(10 to 15 litres) for your trek that can fit essential toiletries and change of clothes for 1 night to reduce the weight on your shoulders and make the trek easier.
Basic toiletries and allergy medications and tissue rolls (if you need)
head lamps/ Torches with batteries
quick dry towels
ID Proof – Voters card/ Pan Card/ Passport/ Drivers license/ Aadhar card (to be sent on mail upon confirming the trip to [email protected])
Other things that you may bring along :
Sun tan lotion
Playing cards and small board games,in case you don’t feel sleepy at night
Any sort of alcoholic beverages
Go pro for under water shots
We will have pick up and drop facility to and from Lengpui airport once you share the arrival time of your flight.
Please avoid carrying plastic bottles or even buying sealed bottles while at the venue as want to have a litter free zone as much as possible.
Avoid plastic: Please avoid buying mineral water, specifically while in Nongriat(Double decker living root bridges village) since it is a major cause of pollution in the delicate eco system of Nongriat. Remember to take up whatever you bring down.
Service: Though we will try our best to give you great service, please understand we won’t be able to give you hot towels, bed tea and the like.
Entry to the states of Mizoram does require a permit (ILP). You can get your Inner Line Permit at Lengpui airport.
A most definite yes, as long as you are okay travelling in a mixed group of other solo travellers or small group of friends.
- Winter jacket
- Headlamps/ Torches with batteries
- balaclava/ beanie (something that covers your ears and your head)
- Sports socks and Swimwear for the trek, you can also get swimming goggles or snorkelling masks, and swimming cap
- Raincoat (just in case, since you are travelling in ‘abode of clouds’)
- Trekking shoes (basic ones will do)
- quick dry towels (plastic bag/ ziplock to carry your wet clothes)
- Allergy medications and other medicines, since these are very remote places with very little access to most basic things.
- A non-disposable water bottle to fill water and AVOID BUYING MINERAL WATER
- ID Proof – Voters card/ Pan Card/ Passport/ Drivers license/ Aadhar cardYou can always buy these things from the Decathlon (1 km away from the airport) in Guwahati, if you wish.
Other things that you may bring along :
Playing cards and small board games, in case you don’t feel sleepy at night
Go pro for underwater shots
Ideally a 60-litre backpack should be convenient, however, there is no real hiking or trekking with the bags, so a suitcase or trolley is also fine.
Do carry a separate smaller bag(10 to 15 litres) for your trek down to village that can fit essential toiletries and change of clothes for 1 night only to reduce the weight on your shoulders and make the trek easier.
The cultural diversity of northeast India is so vast that we can’t blame outsiders for not being aware of communities in the region who are purely vegetarians, so much so that they avoid eating onions( they are indigenous to the region, in case you are thinking about communities from mainland India who have settled here). Having said that, we must admit that the region’s food habits especially in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya are predominantly non vegetarian with a whole lot of red meat based preparations. But the states have warmed up to tourists recently and almost every place you visit will provide the Indian staple diet of rice, dal and sabji, even chapatis if you are lucky. As far as Tripura, Assam, Manipur and Sikkim are concerned vegetarians have decent number of options. Your craving for butter paneer may not be satisfied, but you will do just fine as far as maintaining your health and strength is concerned.
You have two options to reach Aizawl:
- Take a flight to Lengpui. There are two flights (Air India) which land in lengpui coming from Kolkata.
- Land in Guwahati and take an overnight train to Silchar. From Silchar take a shared sumo or hire a cab to reach Aizawl, it will take you around 9 hours on road.