ChaloHoppo to Mizoram, the land far east!
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, Mizoram with ChaloHoppo
After you land in Lengpui airport, hop on your pickups 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 Lunch (Get ready to challenge your taste Buds!). Next, we head for a small city walk to the State Museum.
And take a detour around the Bara Bazaar, click the punk youths and smooth organised Mizo city life, a glimpse of Korean culture. Head to small eateries and taste the local Vawk Sa Momos(Pork) and Sushis. Experience the unique two-wheeler taxi rides to head back to our Hotel for some much-needed rest.
Head for a night drive around an awake but quite, Aizawl to end your day. Capture the mist passing over the dim city lights on the mountains, while you sip on some Thengpui San (Laal Cha) a moment that will stay forever.
Satisfy the hunger for adventure with ChaloHoppo
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. Trek through the large cave which once was a hideout for almost 200 Mizo National Front soldiers from the horrific air bombings. Trek through the thick temperate forest, climb through steps leading into space surrounded by the golden grass fields. Soak at the moment, soak in Mizoram!
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 a local restaurant for an authentic lunch.
We then head back towards Aizawl and halt at Ailawng, another smaller village known for the legend of Khuangchera, a brave Mizo warrior. For people who want to push their thirst for adventure, it’s time for Caving! Not like your ordinary caving experience, a bit more raw and intense to give you chills through your bones. Khuangchera Puk, the cave that Khuangchera explored back in the days of taboos and superstition. Squeeze in, jump and climb the slippery rocks, all in dark. Make sure you carry an extra pair of clothes if you prefer not to continue the day covered in bat poop! If you think you have satisfied your hunger for adventure, wait for this!
*Caving is optional.
Head back to Aizawl and head to Bara Bazaar to buy some souvenirs, 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.
It’s been a tiring day and another one’s coming tomorrow; get the much-needed rest in your cosy beds back in the hotel.
Explore the Mizo Tlangs with ChaloHoppo
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.
On the way, stop by the unique shops without their keepers. A practice claimed to be only in Mizoram. Put your money in the box, and pick the fresh harvests from the shops. Let Mizos teach you what TRUST means.
40 mins ahead, stands the romantic hills of Sialsuk. Known for its strong historical background since the British era, Sialsuk was once the headquarters of British. Drive through the new village to embrace the small houses with kids running after the chickens, to reach the British era PWD Bungalow built back in the 1800’s. We will head for a hike passing through numerous small hills to get to Sialsuk Tlang, once the home to the old village. Reach to the top to surprise yourself with a breathtaking view of the folds of mountains all around. Swing along the only swing in the middle of nowhere, to evoke the writer in you!
Passing through Aizawl District, we now enter Serchhip district known for hosting waterfalls and caves spread across the region. Head to the cosiest Resort 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 with ChaloHoppo
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. Jump in the water to relax the stiff body. Next head to view the largest known waterfall in Mizoram, Vantwang Falls.
Come back to the resort to have the much-needed breakfast. If time permits we meet the locals to their homes. From the old traditional bamboo huts to seeing the transformation to modern Mio homes.
Time to leave Serchhip to reach on time for a typical mainland lunch in Jojo’s Cafe, Aizawl. We will be heading to the famous Second-Hand market of the city, a delight for photographers. With much chaos all around, capture the silent organised market.
Head to the visit RT! The 58-year-old cowboy who has been collecting antics from all around the world, containing World War II Helmets, Kitanas, Naga guns from the British struggle days and more. Know his interesting stories of meeting people around the world and buy the ones you would fancy in your home.
Get the night going with your glasses filled with the local Rice Beer, Zufang! A night view of Aizawl and some music in the air, let Zufang do its job just fine.
Celebrate Chapchar Kut with ChaloHoppo
Celebrate the most celebrated local festival of Chapchar Kut with the whole of Aizawl! Also known as the Festival of Spring, marks the celebration after the tedious job of Jhum cultivation.
Go and witness Aizawl celebrate with the local cultural parade, perform the traditional bamboo dance and taste the different authentic Mizo cuisines. Also, witness the local bands performing at the venue.
Head for a walk in the decorated capital and live the festive feel of Mizoram, after the festival gets over.
*The date of the festival will be declared in the upcoming calendar of Mizoram.*
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 down to Nongriat village 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@example.com)
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 the Guwahati airport once you share the arrival time of your flight.
Campsite: 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.
Swimming: You have to be careful as it’s deep and sometimes the current could pull you in. If you aren’t a swimmer, please mention that specifically and put a request for renting a life jacket on email.
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 Meghalaya does not require a permit.
A most definite yes, as long as you are okay travelling in a mixed group of other solo travellers or small group of friends.
Not all travellers who sign up for a tour with ChaloHoppo are swimmers so the experience doesn’t get hampered due to lack of that skill. It is certainly an advantage for those can swim but life jackets can be rented along with a guide to ensure safety of the travellers.
- Winter jacket
- balaclava/ beanie (something that covers your ears and your head)
- Sports socks and Swimwear for the Nongriat 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 :
headlamps/ Torches with batteries
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 Nongriat 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.