22 Interesting Facts About Mizoram

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Mizoram, one of the Northeastern states of India is not only known for its evergreen hills and dense bamboo jungles but its rich cultural heritage. It is located in the southern part of Northeastern India and shares 722 kilometres long international borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh. Here are some interesting facts about Mizoram that makes this state a must-visit destination.

1. Mizoram means ‘Land of the Hill People. The word Mizoram is derived from Mi (individuals), Zo (lofty place) and Ram (land).

2. Mizo Hills became a part of British India in 1895

3. Mizoram became a Union territory of India in 1972 and a full-fledged state in 1987.

4. Mizoram is highly praised for following the traffic rules with strict discipline. In Mizoram stay commuters stay in the demarcated line and do not try to overtake any other vehicle. This is something that the rest of India can learn from Mizoram about traffic discipline.

5. Mizoram has one of the highest literacy rates in India with 91.33 percent higher than the national average of 74.04 percent.

6. Mizoram is one of the three states in India where Christianity is dominant at 87.16 percent ( the other two being Nagaland and Meghalaya, both of which are in Northeast India)

7. In terms of population density, Mizoram is the second least populous state in India with only 52 people per sq km.

8. Football is the most popular sport in the state and Mizoram’s first football league took place in 2012.

Interesting Facts About Mizoram

9. Mizoram is one of the leading producers of India and supplies about 14 % of India’s commercial bamboo.

10. Mizoram is known for it many traditional dances like the Cheraw, Khuallam, Chheihlam and Chai.

11. Cheraw or bamboo dance is a popular traditional dance and is believed to be one of the oldest dances of Mizoram.

12. The Tropic of Cancer passes through Mizoram nearly at its middle and a stone was erected at a village in the Aizawl district called. Maubuang Lungsai.


13. Mizoram is known for its beautifully carved caves. At a village near Mamte is the Milu Puk where heaps of human skeletons were discovered many years ago.

14. Puk Zing is the largest cave in Mizoram and also one of the most visited caves. According to legends, it was carved out single-handedly by one of the strongest men called Mualzavata with just a hairpin.

15. Ziona Chana was listed as the “Biggest Family” in the world by Guinness World Records. Ziona passed away in 2021 at age 76 leaving behind 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law, and 33 grandkids.

16. There is a sinkhole in Ngentiang called Tuilut where a stream called Pherpui flows in without any known outlet. This remains a mystery as to where a large amount of water disappears into.

17. The most commonly used traditional dress by Mizo women is known as Puan.

18. Pala Tipo, the largest lake in Mizoram is situated about 100 Km from the district headquarters of Siaha and situated within the Tipa sub-division.

19. Vantawng Khawhthla or Vantawng Fall, located about 137kms from Aizawl is the highest and most spectacular of all the waterfalls in Mizoram.

 

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20. Firecrackers, sky lanterns, and other pyrotechnic materials are banned in Mizoram since 2009 by the government.

21. Champhai is known as the “The Rice bowl of Mizoram”. It is a popular tourist destination at the Indo-Myanmar border, a chain of green hills encircle luxuriant rice fields.

22. Indian travelers need to obtain an Inner Line Permit (ILP) before entering the state.
(Details on how to obtain an ILP are discussed in one of our earlier articles)

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