The Mizo Village is a non-residential village built on on the outskirts of Reiek, 35 kms from Aizawl to showcase the traditional Mizo life, which is fast becoming a thing of the past.
It is like a museum of the ancient Mizo way of life. The Mizo traditional and culture were still prevalent just a few decades back. Houses were made of bamboo and woods with thatch roof. Rice was pounded in a big wooden mortar. The walls have decors of animals heads and horns and homes have a spacious kitchen with a fireplace. All these traditional implements and attributes of the Mizos seemed like a thing of the past now. I'm not saying it for the sake of it. If I wake up in Aizawl without knowing where I was, I would imagine that I've landed in some western city. Not in some State where tribal cultures and traditions were practiced to the core just a few decades back. Now, brick houses have replaced the bamboo huts. Machines have taken over the chores of humans.
The typical Mizo village has few huts designed in the tradition way and the huts contained certain entities that are central and an important part of daily Mizo life like the fireplace, mortars, bamboo basket for keeping chickens, corn grinding machine, wooden tool for spinning yarn out of cotton, bamboo baskets with straps for carrying rice and other commodities to field etc.
On the right side of the entrance, there's a hut bigger than other huts. It is known as Zawlbuk or bachelor's dormitory. It was spacious and in a tribal setup, it was always the largest house. In the olden days it was where bachelors would assemble every night after working in the paddy field. It was a place of learning and where oral traditions were kept alive, passed down from one generation to another.
The village also has huts of the Mizo chieftains and of various sub-tribes in the State. Each house is fitted with a small porch like extension with roof over it, mainly to pound rice during rainy season. The display of rich tradition, which is in danger of fading out, seemed like a good way of passing on the knowledge to the younger generation, who might have never experienced the true Mizo way of life. There are also houses built in the modern style to showcase the changing trend among the Mizos.
Adjacent to the Mizo Village is the tourist resort run by the State Tourism Department. It is located at a secluded place, in the midst of a forest. The resort also has a nice cafeteria.
Entry Fee: Rs.20 for adult
Timings: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm