Khawnglung Wildllife Sanctuary


Khawnglung is a mountain situated near Pangzawl in Aizawl – Lunglei road about 160 km from Aizawl. A village of the same name used to be located on the ridge and was the scene of one of the bloodiest massacre during the days of internecine feuds between the Sailo chiefs in the middle of the nineteenth century. Intertwined with this event is the tragic love story of Chalkunga and Thanghniangi, a beautiful maiden who happened to be one of the many female captives taken by the raiders. Chalkunga later rescued her in a daring lone foray, only to lose her on the way home in the flooding Tiau river which swept her away from his grasp while they were attempting to cross it.

With sheer cliffs on all sides the mountain has always been a natural shelter for man and animal for ages. Declared a wildlife sanctuary in 2000, Khawnglung covers an area of 35 and is rich in flora and fauna, particularly primates and birds. It however requires trekking for about 10 km to reach the sanctuary.

The best time to visit is between October and March for which one has to contact the Department of Environment and Forest, Mizoram.