Looking to travel to Northeast India? Check out this complete travel guide to Tripura & Mizoram!
Tripura and Mizoram are two hilly states in Northeast India and some of the least visited areas of the country. Tripura dazzles with its beautiful temples, and Mizoram boasts gorgeous mountain scenery and hiking opportunities. They’re both part of the seven sister states of the Northeast: Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. It’s easy to visit both states if you’re on a time crunch, and there’s also plenty to do if you have time to spare.
These two states don’t see a lot of tourists, so prepare yourself! I got a lot of stares.. and, uhm, strange looks while walking around. I spent most of my time eating chocolate in Aizawl and scaling rooftops
to hide take in the view.
Tripura is one of the smallest states in Northeast India and is bordered by Bangladesh. The capital of Tripura is Agartala, and is most likely where you’ll start your journey.
Daily direct flights from Guwahati and Kolkata operate to Agartala. Silchar in Assam has direct trains to Agartala which takes about 8 hours.
Since there isn’t much to see in Tripura outside of Agartala, it’s recommended to spend most of your time in the capital.
If you’re arriving from the airport, expect to pay around 200 rupees for an auto-rickshaw. If you’re arriving from the train station, expect to pay around 150 rupees.
Once you’re in the city, you can take a cycle carriage for around 20-30 rupees to get to your destination.
What to Do in Agartala
This gorgeous palace is the previous palace of the Kingdom of Tripura. It was opened in 1901. The museum onsite showcases art, culture, and ethnic traditions of Tripura. It’s open Tuesday through Sunday, 10AM- 5PM.
This magnificent 4-story octagonal Hindu Temple is near Ujjayanta Palace and was built in the 19th century. It was constructed by the Maharaja of Tripura of the Manikya Dynasty.
Gedu Mia’s Mosque
This architectural beauty will leave you in awe, with it’s intricate carvings and elaborate designs. It’s one of the most beautiful buildings in Tripura.
Neermahal Summer Palace
This is a former palace built by the King of Tripura as a summer palace. Today it sits along the water which beautifully reflects its colors.
Where to Stay in Agartala
There aren’t many budget hotel options in Agartala. Prantik Hotel has rooms as low as 300 rupees. Expect a very small, cramped room with a bed, mosquito net, and TV set from 1995. It’s in a good location in the city and is walking distance to the palace and temple.
Where to Eat in Agartala
Tirupur Sree Annapoorna
This is a casual, all you can eat vegetarian restaurant with delicious food and a good selection.
Liquid Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge
This is a fancier restaurant in Agartala with happy hour food. You may need a reservation, so make sure to call ahead of time.
If you’re planning to go from Agartala to Aizawl via land, prepare for hell! It took me 18 hours, I traveled through a wicked lightening storm, and at one point, the driver of one of my sumos was using a paper clip and the keys of other sumos to start the car. I explain it in more detail below.
Mizoram is home to the “Mizos,” meaning the Highlanders. This hilly state is mostly covered by forests, and has the highest concentration of tribal people in the entire country. It was part of Assam until 1972, until it became a Union Territory and then the 23rd state of India in 1987. You’ll find beautiful mountains, good food, and vibrant rhododendrons in Mizoram.
Aizawl is connected to Imphal, Kolkata, and Guwahati. You can also take a sumo from Silchar to reach Aizawl. Ola operates in Aizawl, and taxis are readily available. It’ll cost around 1000 rupees in an Ola taxi to get from the airport (30 km from Aizawl) to Aizawl.
What to Do in Mizoram
This is a bustling, vibrant, hilly city and the capital of Mizoram. Visit the Mizoram State Museum, Soloman’s Temple, Durtland Road, and the Bara Bizaar (for some shopping). You’ll only need a day or two in Aizawl.
For some traditional Mizo food, eat at Red Pepper. Try the local rice beer as well. For some delicious chocolate, dessert, and coffee, head to the Chocolate Room.
Stay at the Annexe Homestay for a comfortable, homey stay with a delicious breakfast and views of the city.
Go Hiking at Reiek
For some phenomenal views of the mountains and a fun day trip from Aizawl, head to Reiek, about 30-40 km from the city. You can take a taxi from Aizawl, which will cost around 2000 rupees.
Phawngpui National Park
Also known as the “Blue Mountains,” this national park is home to orchids and rhododendrons. It’s the highest mountain peak in Mizoram, at 2157 meters and is 300 km away from Aizawl. It’s considered to be the “abode of Gods.” There are government and privately owned vehicles that go to Phawngpui from Aizawl.
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myself locals on the road.
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