6/6/2011 to 6/7/2011 | India , Mizoram , Tripura

Damchara: The back way to Tripura

Bru Woman, Market in Damchara


After more than a month in Mizoram it was time to move on.  Rather than traveling the standard route to Tripura via Silchar, I took “the path less traveled by” and went via Western Mizoram and the village of Damchara, though the route via Silchar is hardly a highway of tourists.  Himpuii […]

4/15/2011 to 6/5/2011 | India , Mizoram

Do It Yourself, Mizoram

Mizo bamboo dance, known as Cheraw, during cultral show in Saiha

I haven’t really put much practical information in my journal posts but since I do get a number of people asking about more practical details. This is the second installment of “Do it Yourself” segment for destinations where there isn’t a lot of info out there.  Of course much of this information may eventually […]

5/20/2011 to 5/23/2011 | India , Mizoram

Touring the East: Mizoram’s Land of Folklore



From Champhai I traveled to Biate where I would meet up with Himpuii.  Though she grew up in Aizawl, Biate was the village where her family originally came from.  Currently a good friend of hers was serving as the pastor in the local church.  She used my visit as a pretext to […]

5/17/2011 to 5/19/2011 | India , Mizoram

Champhai: Ri Lake Denied



After a few days of rest and recuperation in Aizawl I headed east to the district capital of Champhai, a region along the Burmese border famous for its grapes which are made into the only legally sold alcoholic drink in Mizoram, a slightly sweet red wine, and for having the largest area […]

5/7/2011 to 5/9/2011 | India , Mizoram

Chongte: land of the Chakmas

Chakma weaving, in a village near Chongte


Chongte, a city not just divided once but three times.  The merging of two rivers at the center of Chongte, divides the city not just geographically into three lands bound by water but culturally and politically as well.  The rivers form the boundaries of the three districts that meet at the center […]

5/4/2011 to 5/6/2011 | India , Mizoram

Tlabung: Where Fairytales Sometimes Come True

Woman smoking a bamboo pipe, Tlabug


Even before I had set foot in Tlabung (pronounced claboong) I had heard the story.  It had been first relayed to me back in Aizawl by a friend of Himpuii who held senior position in the forestry department, and was based in Tlabung.  It would be relayed to me again and again […]

5/3/2011 to 5/4/2011 | India , Mizoram

Saiha to Lunglei: Lawngtlai’s “Cement Queen”


I had planed to stay a night in Lawngtlai (pronounced long-cly) and proceed to the town of Chongte the following morning; however I had to change my route after I found out the only place I knew of to stay in Lawngtlai, the tourist lodge, was full.  I decided to transit through Lawngtlai […]

4/30/2011 to 5/2/2011 | India , Mizoram

Phawngpui: Climbing the “Blue Mountain”

View from near the tourist lodge, Sangau


Phawngpui, literally “blue mountain” in Mizo, at rather lowly 2158 m (7078 ft) is the highest point in the state of Mizoram.  The mountains or hills of Mizoaram make up for what they lack in height with shear quantity making it the state with the fewest acres of flat land in India.  […]

4/28/2011 to 4/29/2011 | India , Mizoram

Saiha: Land of the Mara

Traditional Mara dance during a cultural program in Saiha


After spending Easter in Aizawl I headed south to explore the southern reaches of this hill covered state.  Prior to removal of the restricted area permit for foreigners visiting Mizoram on the first of the year, tourists who did obtain a permit were only allowed to visit the region around Aizawl.  This […]

4/25/2011 to 4/26/2011 | India , Mizoram

Valley views from Reiek



My first excursion from Aizawl was to the village of Reiek.  This prosperous village is perched on a slope beneath a peak of the same name, opposite a deep valley which separates this rural village from the congested ridge of shops and houses that is Aizawl.  The “trek,” or rather walk, as […]

4/15/2011 to 6/5/2011 | India , Mizoram

A “Sap” in Mizoram: Aizawl

Aizawl at night


Mizoram is not an easy place to get to, even from the relatively nearby state of Nagaland.  I spent the better part of the first day, of my three day journey, packed in like a proverbial sardine in an Indian Railways general class compartment, there-always-room-for-one-more class, aboard the painfully slow passenger train […]