Castle of Beino, a geological marvel in Mizoram

Saphaw, the castle of beino, chhimtuipui, kaladan, kolodyne

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When you can’t explain, you blame the forces of nature.

Welcome to Saphaw, the Castle of Beino. Beino, Bieno Boinu, Tuipui, Kolodyne, Kaladan, Chhimtuipui- Lasi Lalnu, The River Queen of Spirits. And Saphaw is her Castle.

It’s a geological marvel. A Nat Geo Material. A mind blowing experience. The craftsmanship of nature. My heart will go on. Continue reading

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Farpâk, Phawngpui

farpak, phawngpui

The word Phawngpui is derived from the Lai word Phongpi meaning Phulpui in Mizo which means grassland in English. There are a couple of almost level grasslands in Phawngpui area, one of them being Farpâk, a wide open space with an area of 253 sqr. meters. It is pronounced like “far park” without the r in park. Farpâk in Lai langauge means single pine tree. There is a story behind it. My guide Pu Chhanuka told and probably told Roshni too. Thankfully she already has it in English so I am going to shamelessly quote her.
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Guide to Phawngpui, the top of Mizoram

phawngpui, blue mountain

The south face of Phawngpui as seen from Bualpui (NG) village. Click on the image for larger size.

For an independent traveler or trekker who wants to visit Phawngpui, the highest peak in Mizoram, there’s very little information available online. The very few available written by visitors from other states and foreign tourists left many questions unanswered or are outdated. How to get to the base camp? What about permission, guide?

I therefore decided to go Phawngpui myself and find out.
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Theiriat tlang photo gallery

Theiriat tlang is a beautiful hill in Lunglei, Mizoram. You can see the entire town of Lunglei from the top, except the west side. In the cover of trees, you could just sit, relax and lie down for hours doing nothing. It’s that quiet and peaceful. My friends expressed their desire to spend the whole day here.

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Pit stop at Hmuifang

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Hmuifang is a hill resort in Mizoram. It shot to fame with the opening of the World Bank road to Lunglei. It is at a height of 1466m above sea level. The road runs along the edge of the Oh my God what a cliff! There’s a beautiful Government run resort. An old windmill, reportedly the only one in Mizoram and more than a hundred years old in Hmuifang is a beautiful landmark giving Hmuifang the old town feel.There’s a hill to climb. At the hill top is a giant cross marking the 100 years of the Gospel in Mizoram. From there it slopes towards the east which looks like a great place for a day hike.

There may not be many things to do at Hmuifang but it could be your basecamp for several destinations nearby. Pu Duhsaka, a high ranking official from Mizoram PWD has an interesting list of trails.

I haven’t spent much time at Hmuifang but stopped twice briefly on our return journey to Aizawl. For now, I have a bunch of pictures for you. Hope you like them.

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Why I am not complaining the cold

Because I sleep in a sleeping bag.

quechua sleeping bag

Thermal properties : Comfort temp 5 ° C, 0 ° C limit

It’s winter in Mizoram, a small state in the North East corner of India. It doesn’t snow though there are always reports of frost in some places but it’s pretty cold with temperatures at the lower single digit numbers. And lots of wind chill.
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