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 sq.km 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.
On a rocky portion on the southern edge of Tawikhawthlir hill near Mualcheng village, about 65 km south of Lunglei, there are three figurines of persons in meditational poses of the Buddhists which the local people call ‘Lung Milem’ or ‘Stone Figures’. It is not known as to who created them and remains a mystery till date since no other relics of Buddhism is found elsewhere in the state.
Darkhuang Tlang – Pukpui
Darkhuang Tlang, or literally “Gong Mountain” is located in Pukpui village about 7 kms from Lunglei. This is the place where Darphawka, a Mizo prophet of the late nineteenth century used to “talk with the spirits” who showed him visions of future events including the coming of the Christian missionaries, saying “White men shall come from beyond the great seas and you should heed their words”. This happened years before the animist Mizos knew anything about Christianity. A prayer house has been constructed on the peak for visitors.
Kristian Hmasate Thlanmual – Theiriat
“A cemetery of the early Christians” is situated at Theiriat village near Lunglei. Before the pioneer missionaries Rev. R.A. Lorrain and Rev. F.W. Savidge arrived in Lunglei, Sehan Roy, a Khasi Officer who supervised the construction of Aizawl-Lunglei bridle path had evangelised some Mizo labourers and as many as 40 families had been converted by 1900. Harassed and ostracised, the new converts had no choice but to come together and set up a Christian village in Theiriat. Later, with the arrival of the missionaries these people immediately approached them and were one of the first to get formal education and their gravestones here bear quotations of the Bible verses and beautiful inscriptions in English.
Thangliana Lung – Tlabung
At Tlabung village right next to the Bangladesh border, 98 km to the west of Lunglei, there is a memorial stone erected to the memory of Captain T.H. Lewin, a courageous and adventurous British pioneer whom the Mizos fondly called Thangliana, or “Man of Great Fame”. Lewin was the Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Hill Tracts when he entered Mizoram from Tlabung in 1865. He signed a peace treaty with one powerful Mizo chief of that time, Rothangpuia of Thangluah clan, following which he shifted his headquarters from Rangamati to Tlabung. He had many interactions with the Mizo chiefs and is remembered as the first white friend of the Mizos. He even wrote some books about the Mizo people. While he was in Tlabung he married a Mizo girl named Darpuii and they had a son who unfortunately died only a year later. Darpuii refused to go to England with Lewin when he retired from service. Lewin died at the age of 77 in 1916 as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel without any decoration for his great pioneering services. The memorial stone was erected in 1920 by arrangement with his English wife, Margaret Lewin.