Serchhip: Hidden Gem of Mizoram

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Serchhip is a small town in the northeastern state of Mizoram, India. It is located about 112 kilometers from the state capital, Aizawl. The town is known for its natural beauty, including its lush forests, towering waterfalls, and crystal-clear rivers. Serchhip is also home to a number of historical and cultural sites, making it a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike.

This hidden treasure is slowly gaining recognition among travel enthusiasts seeking offbeat destinations. For adventure enthusiasts, Serchhip offers excellent opportunities for trekking and hiking. Paragliding is now gaining popularity as a new adventure sport that attracts people from all over.

History

The history of Serchhip is long and rich. The area was first inhabited by the Mizos, a tribal people who migrated to the region from Southeast Asia in the 17th century. The Mizos established a number of villages in the area, including Serchhip. The town grew in importance in the 19th century, when it became a major trading center. Serchhip was also a center of resistance against British rule in the early 20th century.

Serchhip Wet Rice Cultivation
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Culture

Serchhip is a vibrant and multicultural town. The majority of the population is Mizo, but there are also significant populations of other ethnic groups, including the Chakma, Hmar, and Lakher. The town is home to a number of temples, churches, and mosques, reflecting the diversity of its population.

Places to Visit and Things to Do in Serchhip

Vantawng Khawhthla Falls

Vantawng Khawhthla Falls e1686412035971
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Standing as the highest waterfall in the state and the 13th highest in the entire country, the Vantawng Waterfalls is a mesmerizing spectacle in the North East region. It serves as the pride of Mizoram, captivating visitors with its sheer magnificence. Located 137 km away from the capital city of Aizawl, this waterfall is a true gem in its own right, nestled amidst verdant valleys and surrounded by thick greenery.

Chhingpui Thlan

Chhingpuii Stone Memorial

Situated along the main Aizawl-Lunglei Road, between Baktawng and Chhingchhip villages, is the Chhingpuii Thlan, also known as the Chhingpuii Stone Memorial. This memorial holds a significant place in the local history and folklore of the region. It is named after Chhingpuii, a woman renowned for her exceptional beauty. Tragically, Chhingpuii’s life took a sorrowful turn when she was kidnapped and killed during a conflict that arose between rival chiefs of the area. The memorial stands as a remembrance of her and the fateful events that unfolded in this part of the land.

Zoluti Hriatrengna Lung

Zoluti Hriatrengna Lung is a captivating destination located in the Serchhip district of Mizoram, India. This remarkable site holds the Zoluti Hriatrengna Lung, a memorial stone erected on January 5th, 1994, by the Kristian Thalai Pawl (Christian Youth Fellowship), Serchhip Vengchung Branch. The memorial stone commemorates Mary Winchester, the daughter of Dr. Winchester, who served as the manager of the Assam Tea Garden. The local Mizo community bestowed upon her the name “Zoluti.”

Thenzawl

Thenzawl Golf Course Resort

Thenzawl in Mizoram is an enchanting village that promises a unique experience for travelers. Surrounded by abundant flora and fauna, it boasts breathtaking attractions. The towering Vantawng Falls, one of Mizoram’s tallest waterfalls, captivates visitors with its majestic cascades. The Thenzawl Deer Park is another highlight, where various deer species roam freely, offering a memorable wildlife encounter. The Thenzawl Golf Course & Resort, owned and operated by the Tourism Department of the Government of Mizoram, stands as one of the premier golf courses in Northeast India.

Khuai Kham

In the village of Ngentiang, near Serchhip town, lies the captivating “Bees Cliff” or “Khuai Kham” in the Mizo language. This remarkable cliff is home to a thriving population of wild bees, producing abundant honey. In the past, the community would gather this precious honey for food. Today, adventure clubs utilize Bees Cliff for sports and thrilling activities, attracting visitors to its scenic beauty. Bees Cliff remains a must-visit spot for adventurers and locals seeking an exhilarating experience in Serchhip.

Ngentiang Caves

Ngentiang

Ngentiang, near Serchhip, is home to notable caves like “MZP Puk” and “Lutpui Puk.” “MZP Puk” attracts adventure groups due to its 725-foot depth. “Lutpui Puk” holds the title of Mizoram’s deepest cave, explored to a depth of 2225 feet by ALMA YAC (an adventure club from Lunglei, Mizoram) in 2014. Its narrow and rugged nature poses challenges to full exploration. These caves offer thrilling experiences for adventurers seeking the wonders hidden within.

Paragliding in Serchhip

Paragliding in Serchhip
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Paragliding at Chuanhnuai, between Serchhip town and Keitum Village along NH 54, has gained popularity since 2012. It is the sole paragliding location in Mizoram and attracts enthusiasts from across the country. The scenic Zawlpui Leilet Valley serves as the landing spot for these thrilling paragliding adventures. The site’s reputation has grown to such an extent that it even hosted a Paragliding Festival, attracting participants from other states.

Chhuan Thar Run- World’s Largest Family

Ziona Chana

In Chhuanthar Tlangnuam village, Serchhip District, resides Ziona Chana, the head of the world’s largest family. With 39 wives and 72 children, they hold the Guinness World Record. This extraordinary family showcases self-sufficiency, craftsmanship, and entrepreneurship through their diverse ventures, including jhums, orchards, furniture workshops, and aluminum utensil manufacturing. Their settlement features dedicated schools, such as Chhuanthar Primary School, Chhuanthar Students House, and Chhuanthar Higher Secondary School. Pu Ziona and his extended family live in the impressive “Chhuanthar Run” house.

Ziona Chana passed away on 13 June 2021 leaving behind 38 wives, 89 children and 36 grandchildren.

Where to Stay

There are a number of hotels and guesthouses in Serchhip to choose from. The prices vary depending on the type of accommodation you choose.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Serchhip is during the winter months (November-February). The weather is pleasant during this time, and the crowds are smaller.

How to Reach

By Air

The closest airport to Serchhip is Lengpui Airport in Aizawl, situated approximately 142 km away. Serving as the sole airport in the state, it enjoys excellent connectivity with various cities across the country. Upon arrival at the airport, you have the option to rent a car or board a bus to reach your desired destination.

By Train

The closest railway station to Serchhip is Silchar. It serves as a crucial link for trains traveling from cities such as Guwahati, Kolkata, Delhi, and other locations in the northeastern region. Although there are a few stations in Mizoram, train connectivity is limited, with Silchar being the main hub for rail transportation.

By Road

To reach Serchhip from the state capital, the travel time typically ranges from 3 to 5 hours, depending on the chosen route.

Route 1: NH-54 The most commonly taken route to Serchhip is via National Highway-54. This scenic route meanders through lush vegetation and quaint villages, offering a delightful journey amidst nature’s beauty.

Route 2: Thenzawl Road An alternative route to reach Serchhip is by taking the Aizawl-Thenzawl road. This route treats travelers to a winding road that passes through the enchanting Hmuifang Tlang. Standing tall at an elevation of 5,312 feet, Hmuifang Tlang is adorned with picturesque green grass and untouched forests. The Mizoram government has even established a tourist resort here, and national festivals are celebrated with great fervor. Throughout your journey, you’ll be captivated by breathtaking landscapes and the serenity of nature.

It is to be noted that an  Inner Line Permit (ILP) is required for non-locals to enter and stay in the Indian state of Mizoram.
(Details on how to obtain an ILP are discussed in one of our earlier articles)

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