Short Description: The second most populated capital of the North East, Aizawl has an appealing charm surrounded with delightful sights. Considered to be the most disciplined city in the country with no honking policy adopted by the public by virtue of ethics. The clean and green environment with fresh air and the friendly nature of the Mizos is an experience worth absorbing. The state also boasts of having the lowest crime rate.
Distance to be travelled: 6 km via City Road.
Mode of Travel: On foot.
Approximate time taken: 4 hours 30 mins
Places/Locations Covered[i]: Laipuitlang, Bara Bazar, Zion Street, Millennium Centre, State Museum, Treasury Square, Mission Veng.
Where and what time to start the day from and why: The best time to start the day tour is at around 6:30 A.M in the morning from Chaltlang to witness the bustling sights of the early morning bazaar. Unique local produces distinct to the land can be witnessed. The way of life of the Mizos can also be experienced during this time.
A chronological day itinerary:
6:30 A.M - The best day to have a walking tour of Aizawl is on a Saturday morning to see the buzz of the morning bazaar. The freshness of the morning air and the charming city street is an experience to capture the mood. Start the walk from Chaltlang and proceed to Laipuitlang. The vista of Aizawl city skyline from Laipuitlang offers a mesmerizing view as the sun starts to lit up the houses.
7:30 A.M - Head back to Chaltlang and proceed towards Chanmari. A walk down the Chaltlang - Chanmari Road will take about 15 minutes. Since there are not many houses in between, there is a clear view of Aizawl city on the other side.
7:45 A.M - Chanmari has its own street bazaar on Saturday mornings with vendors selling fresh local produces of fruits, vegetables and flowers. One of the grandest churches in Aizawl stands right in the heart of Chanmari.
8:30 A.M - Visit Dawrpui Church. The Second oldest church in Mizoram. The church was built by the Welsh Christian Missionaries back in the year 1931. It was built with the generous contribution of Rev. E.L Mendus and the children of the London Welsh Presbyterian Church at the cost of 400 pounds.
9:00 A.M - Take a walk towards Bara Bazar via Zarkawt road. Zarkawt lies in the heart of Aizawl city and is one of the main commercial areas. On reaching Bara Bazar one will find shops and vendors selling a plethora of items. The vibrant market is the main shopping centre of the capital city. This market functions as the lifeline of the town where one can find handlooms, garments, handicrafts, food items, etc. What makes it more unique is that it is mostly women who looks after the business.
9:30 A.M - There are several eatery joints where one can get a quick bite for breakfast.
10:00 A.M - After Bara Bazar walk back towards MacDonald Hill to visit the State Museum at Zarkawt. Established in the year 1977, the museum showcases a plethora of traditional artifacts, ornaments, archeological specimens and handlooms to name a few that depicts the way of the forefathers. The numerous galleries on display throws light into how modern day Mizos and their cultural progressions from their tribal roots.. The Chief Ministers Bungalow and the grand Zarkawt Church is also located at MacDonald Hill.
11:00 A.M - Head back to the hotel and after some relaxation one can enjoy the other tourist attractions the city has to offer.
- City view from Laipuitlang
- Bara Bazaar main market including Handloom & handicraft Emporiums
- Dawrpui Church
- State Museum
Best time to visit: October – March
Other relevant information:
- One is advised to carry cash in hand as credit/ debit cards are widely not accepted in street markets.
- It is advisable for tourists to carry warm clothing between November - January.
- For visitors, obtaining Inner Line Permit (ILP) for Indian nationals is a prerequisite before entering the state. ILP can be obtained at Resident Commissioner’s offices, at interstate check gates or on arrival at Lengpui Airport. Foreigners with valid visas can enter the state, however visitors from countries specified in the Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order 1958 and corresponding regulations must first obtain permission from Ministry of Home Affairs.
[i]Names of localities and buildings in Aizawl Municipal area.