Saiha is one of the eight districts of Mizoram and is situated in the southern-most part of Mizoram. The district headquarters is also called Saiha. Saiha also serves as the district headquarters of the Mara Autonomous District Council. The Mara Autonomous District Council is one of the three such councils in Mizoram. The Saiha district is bound by the Lunglei district in the north and northwest, by the Lawngtlai District in the west and parts of Myanmar in the south and east.
Saiha - The District Headquarters
The town of Saiha is one of the largest towns in Mizoram after Aizawl and Lunglei. The word ‘Saiha’ comes from the local Mara language word ‘Siaha’ and the word can be broken into two – ‘Sai’ means elephant and ‘ha’ means tooth – thus Saiha means the elephant tooth. It is believed that a large number of elephant tooth was found in this place and hence the name Saiha. Saiha is largely populated by the Mara tribe and Myanmarese.
There are quite a few things that comprise Saiha tourism such as the Pala Tipo Lake, Saikao and Mt.Mawma.
Saiha is located approximately 305 kilometres from the capital of Mizoram Aizawl. National Highway 54 serves as the lifeline to this district headquarters. Tourists can travel to Saiha on road as there are several state transport buses that run from Aizawl to Saiha.
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Saiha experiences a temperate climate and is quite pleasant throughout the year. The summers are moderate, the monsoons extensive and very humid while the winters in Saiha is pleasant and not very cold.