Mizoram has also become the battleground between British troops and British-aligned tribes of Mizoram against a Lusei clan.
After India gained independence, the hereditary rights of the tribal chiefs were abolished and village courts were re-implemented in the Mizo region. However, these regions were unhappy with these arrangements, especially with their response to the mautam famine. A body called ‘The Mizo National Famine Front’ was formed for famine relief in 1959, which developed into a new political organisation in 1961.
In 1971, the government agreed to convert the Mizo Hills into a Union Territory. Following the Mizoram Peace Accord (1986) between the Government and the MNF, Mizoram was declared a full-fledged state of India in 1987.
One of the North eastern Indian state, it shares borders with three of the Eight sister states, namely Tripura, Assam, Manipur. The state also shares a 722 kilometre border with the neighbouring countries of Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Fairs And Festivals
Traditional festivals in Mizoram often revolved around stages of jhum cultivation or the seasons. Community festivals were called kut in the local language.
However, they disappeared with the establishment of Christianity.
In a move to revive these traditional festivals, the community has been re-establishing traditional dances as well at these festivals, for example, dances such as Cheraw, Khuallam, Chheihlam and Chai.
Did You Know
The state has about 871 kilometres of national highways, with NH-54 and NH-150 connecting it to Assam and Manipur respectively. It is also a growing transit point for trade with Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Mizoram is from November to March, when the weather is pleasant. Also, you can plan out during the most celebrated festival here, known as ‘Kut’, which happens thrice a year – March, September and November. Christmas is also celebrated with enthusiasm all over Mizoram.
How To Reach
Flights from Kolkata, Silchar and Guwahati connect it’s capital Aizawl. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any rail links. However, All the north eastern states of India are linked to Mizoram by reasonably good roads. Silchar (180 km), Guwahati (506 km), Imphal (374 km), Kohima (497 km), (Shillong 430 km) and Agartala (443km) to Aizawl.
The highest peak in Mizoram- Phawangpui or the blue mountain cannot be missed for it’s breathtaking view. Wildlife sanctuary Dampa is also one of the favourite destination for tourists that come to feel the beauty of state.