Hmuifang Park is soon becoming a popular destination among the Mizos and outsiders alike. Located 50 kms from Aizawl on the Aizawl to Tenzawl road, it is at an elevation of 1,619 metres above sea level. Hmuifang is a higher point, almost midway between Aizawl and Tenzawl. From Hmuifang, the road climbed down again to the lower valley of Tenzawl. The topography changed completely as the road then spiraled up towards Hmuifang. Suddenly, the land and the forest looked old as if they were from another era. The mountains became steeper and high with rough rocky edges and cliffs. The car stopped at the top of the peak. We had arrived at Hmuifang. Few shops stood by the road, while on the opposite side was a leveled ground for parking.
Even from the road, one could see the virgin forest. There are no giant trees but the tree trunks have gathered mosses and it looked lovely as light trickled in through the thick leaves and branches. The Hmuifang Park was built over large forest tracts of about 58.95 bighas (a Bigha is 14,400 sq. ft (1,337.8 sq. m). It was built on a budget of 158.83 lakhs. Work inside the park began in June 2010 and was inaugurated on 29 June 2013. The internal motor road inside the park is 382 Rms (Root mean square). It has also an internal footpath of 2,100 Rms. With many small footpaths crisscrossing the forest, it is a hiker's heaven.
The first thing you'll come across from the entrance is a beautiful rest house-cum-cabin, surrounded by forest. It has also a bonfire site with seats surrounding the fireside. Hidden among the woods are four fanciful tree houses. It just brought back some childhood memories.
Somewhere in the middle of the park, there's a 15 m-high viewing tower. It is a three-storey high loose-frame RCC building with viewing point on top. The terrace like tower is quite spacious and has a shed as well. The building towers above the treetops and offers a beautiful sight of the unspoiled forest.
Once under the forest I foraged through leave strewn paths. They made a soft crackling sound as I walked on them. There is something so adventurous and beautiful about walking over fallen leaves. It makes you feel you are in the woods. The forest has been preserved from the time of the Mizo chiefs. It has now become a jewel for the State. The forest looked old and mystic, yet charming.
I came across two suspension bridges, but altogether there are four suspension bridges and two RCC bridges. Not only are they beautiful, but it was also fun to walk on them, as they swayed with our weight. The park is also a great place for picnics. There are six rest sheds in the park.
People living in the hills have actually not felt the need of creating park like this before because they have always lived surrounded by forest. But when you realized that they are fast abating, destroyed by our own folly, an initiative like this makes more and more sense. It is a good way of preserving the wealth of amazing flora and fauna.
Entry Fee: Rs.10