Located 52 kms to the south of Aizawl, Thenzawl is a beautiful village set in a small valley between green hills. It is also known for its beautiful, handloom products. Owing to its lower altitude, Thenzawl is much warmer than Aizawl.
My visit to Thenzawl was a quick one, just like people from Aizawl would go there for picnic on weekends. From Aizawl, the road rise to an elevation 1,619 metres at Hmuifang. From there, the road spiraled down to one of the lower valley of Mizoram at Thenzawl. The 4-hour drive to Thenzawl was in itself a good treat and contributed to my overall understanding of Mizoram. You drive through many villages along the way; swishing past tropical forests and the rocky cliffs before finally arriving at the valley.
Thenzawl was once covered with thick vegetation and wildlife was in abundance. It was only in 1963 that a village was established by a Benghuaia Sailo. It became much bigger as villages came together at Thenzawl during the 1966 Mizo National Front Uprising. According to the 2001 census, Thenzawl had a population of 5,519.
I couldn't understand all the raves about Thenzawl. Some people I met in Aizawl talked about Thenzawl as if it was the most beautiful place in Mizoram. But after being in the steep hills of Mizoram for about a week, I realized Thenzawl was the only place nearby, with meadows and valleys.
The meadows surrounding the village were lovely. One of my companions explained that they look even lovelier during summer when the grasses are lush. These lovely meadows with small mounds in between are favourites with picnic goers. The view of the sunset from here looked lovely too. The crimson douse of sunset lingered on the horizon even after the sun was long gone.
Some Tourist Destinations Around Thenzawl:
Vantawng Khawhthla: Vantawng Khawhthla, the highest waterfall of Mizoram, is located just about 10 kms from Thenzawl. The fall is surrounded by thick tropical vegetation and falls from a height of 750 ft.
Chawngchilhi Puk: Chawngchilhi Puk is the cave of Chawngchilhi. In a popular Mizo legend, Chawngchilhi was a girl who fell in love with a serpent and gave birth to their offspring. The cave was named after the girl.
Deer Park: The Environment and Forest department has created and maintained a deer park at the outskirts of the village.