A re-write of my photowalk in Aizawl from 2007

Armed with my Aunt’s little Lumix camera, I walked the streets of Aizawl for a photograph things I found interesting. It was uncomfortable to aim at random things with a camera because this was before everyone has a smartphone and before every monkey carries a DSRL. Some people even asked where the photo would be published. Perhaps they thought I was from the newspaper.

Trek to Reiek

Reiek Tlang is a popular  day trek from Aizawl. It’s a 30km, 2 hour drive to the west of Aizawl. This time, like most people I ignored it for  long because I can go there anytime. Why the hurry? But that time never came.

In May 2014, I was in between jobs and had a month break at Aizawl. I decided  it was time to strike Reiek off my list.

I have seen pictures of the cliff and the narrow path on the edge leading to the peak. I though was that was it.  What I didn’t know was that the short 3km trek to the peak through the thick and well preserved forest would be so amazing, if it were nearby  Bangalore, it will attract loads of trekkers!

It’s the best 3km trek I have done. Let me take you there.

Half way to  Reiek, you will reach Tlawng river. There is a small tea stall where you can have tea and snacks.The tea stall with its wide windows make it a nice place to sit and sip tea as you admire the river below.

reiek-mizoram-01

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Damcherra Bazaar (2014)

I had not been to Kanhmun/Damcherra Bazaar in  more than ten years. The last time was 1999. I had been wanting to go there. Since we were at Kawrthah for a brief visit,  it was a perfect opportunity to drive down to Kanhmun. The twin town is a popular shopping place in Mizoram west. It lies at the border of three states- Mizoram, Tripura and Assam. Kanhmun in Mizoram and Damcherra in Tripura, the two separated by  Langkaih river. People come here on Tuesdays from various nearby villages. I don’t know about Assam and Tripura. From Mizoram, shoppers used to come from as far as Mamit.

The Bazaar Ni (Market Day) which is Tuesday is observed seriously like a special day. Pu Muana, a pastor who was posted there said you can’t really plan anything on Tuesday.

We went there on a Monday since we wanted to head back to Aizawl the next day. We started from Kawrthah around 7 in the morning. After Zamuang, we stopped at Bairabi peng (junction) for tea.

Zamuang-Bairabi-Road

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Zawlnuam (2014)

I got very few photos  as we were just passing through. Zawlnuam and it’s adjoining Borai are one of the bigger villages in Hachhek hill range in Mizoram West. They had diesel engine powered electricity long before the power grib reached. It lies in the river valley right next to Langkaih and Borai lui. The other side of Langkaih to the west is Tripura. As it is in flat land, fish ponds and paddy fields are a common sight. The weather is extreme in both winter and summer seasons.