Phawngpui (Blue Mountain)
Blue Mountain is located 300 kilometers away from Aizawl, lying adjacent to Maynmar. It is located in the southern most part of Mizoram in Saiha district, within the political boundary of Lai Autonomous District Council. Phawngpui is situated near the Myanmar border in Chhimtuipui District in the northeastern state of Mizoram. Sangau, the nearest village from the peak is about 229 kilometers from Aizawl. Phawngpui is the highest peak in Mizoram having an elevation of 2157 meters and is rich in medicinal herbs growing in the wild. The area is protected as one of the two national parks in Mizoram, covering an area of 50 square kilometers.
It harbours wild animals and birds like Goral, Serrow, Barking Deer, Sambar, Leopard, Kaleej Pheasant, Hollock Gibbon, Common Langur, Rhesus Macaque and varieties of birds and orchids, rhododendrons and the beautiful daphnia blossom together with many wild plants and flowers.
The area is protected by the state government but is open for trekkers, picnickers and campers. Herbs and rare species of orchids and rhododendrons are found here, accommodation is available in nearby villages. One has to drive four-wheel drive to reach Phawngpui.
- National Park
- Phawngpui (Blue Mountain)
- By Air – One can reach the sight by road from Aizawl. Sangau, the nearest village from the peak is about 229 kilometers from Aizawl. Nearest major airport is Shillong. Aizawl, the capital town of Mizoram is linked by Alliance Air Service everyday to Kolkata nearly 1 hour 45 minutes, Guwahati is 40 minutes and Imphal is 30 minutes. Indian Airlines connects Aizawl to rest of India via Guwahati, Imphal and Kolkata. Lengpui airport at Aizawl is connected with Guwahati, Silchar & Kolkata. It is well connected to all the capital cities of the north eastern states of India.
- By Rail – One can reach the sight by road from Aizawl. Sangau, the nearest village from the peak is about 229 kilometers from Aizawl. The nearest rail station is in Silchar, which is 185 kilometers away from Aizawl. One can travel from Guwahati to Silchar by Barak Valley Express, Cachar Express or the Tripura Passenger.
- By Road – One can reach the sight by road from Aizawl. Sangau, the nearest village from the peak is about 229 kilometers from Aizawl. National Highway number 54 connects Aizwal with the rest of the country through Silchar. Buses and taxis are available from Silchar to Aizwal. 24 hours bus services are available. Aizawl can be approached by road from Shillong and Guwahati. Taxis can be hired on all days from any part of Mizoram.