Road Journey to AizawlLast year, my friends and I planned on an exquisite trip to Aizawl in Mizoram! The journey was ought to begin from Agartala. Trust me, the route between Agartala and Aizawl though bumpy was enjoyable. On our way to Aizawl we visited a beautiful place called Unakoti in Tripura.
Our journey from Agartala started early morning. We took the very first train to Station Kumarghat. This was because the idea of boarding conventional buses and sitting still all day long worried us! During our travel we learnt a very important lesson. No matter how great your preparation and research is, you should abide to the words of the locals in the region. They know better than anyone else! For instance, when we reached Kailasher, a local told us that a small eating joint in the area would be exceptionally delicious. Hence we had our meal there and figured out that the place we too good to be true!
Unakoti in Tirpura was a real and breath taking experience. The place had plenty of Lord Shiva statues. These sculptures cannot be described in simple words. This makes Unakoti a must visit place in Tirpura. However, you should be prepared to walk several miles. The steps in the region are very steep and wet most of the time. Once we finished our travel through Unakoti, we took a train to Silchar. The train journey was extremely interesting and enthralling. It was an adventure on its own! You will find the local life and busy compartments a real break through. If you are from the busy, clean city, this will be a one of a kind experience for you.
As we travelled to Silchar, scenes from the movie "In Pursuit of Happyness" was flashing in my mind. The scrambling journey, followed by a taxi ride to Aizawl closed the first phase of our tour.
Aizawl is an amazing place. After seeing the grey sky and dusty trees of the city, it was a great relief to see Aizawl's light green trees and lovely blue sky. The roads were mostly empty but incredibly lively and quaint. But a flat tyre almost took away our happiness. However, it is rightly said, every cloud has a silver lining - two beautifully dressed girls saw us and asked if we wanted any help. This was an unexpected twist in our journey. The two girls were set for a typical Aizawl wedding. Through our attire and looks they figured out that we were tourists. And, they asked us if we wanted to attend the wedding. We, all of us had one big response and that was a "YES"!
The Aizawl wedding was very different. Their first ceremony is also known as "Man Hlan". This is where the groom buys the bride. Initially, the groom pays a certain amount of money, called the token to the bride's family. Once this ceremony gets completed, guests and loved ones are treated with a lavish lunch. The food set for us was exceptionally wonderful. When compared against standard meal varieties served elsewhere in India, food in the North-East is completely different. They has plenty of rice, meat, fish and vegetables. The dishes were cooked with very little oil. The dishes used plenty of bamboo shoots. This gave the dishes an authentic taste you would not acquire anywhere else! The second day was when the wedding took place, followed by a simple yet pretty reception.
Personal Experience shared by Divya Dev
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