Sunlight dappling through towering Alpine forests and grasslands filled with stunning pools, Khawnglung wildlife sanctuary brings to mind the raw wilderness of the tropical veld. India's most famous and beautiful jungle can be found deep inside Mizoram, in the heart of rich flora and fauna.
Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary is located about 160 km away from the capital city of Mizoram, Aizawl. It is surrounded and protected by soaring high green mountains from all sides and is home to a vast number of exotic animals, some of which are leopard, barking deer, sambar deer, hoolock and gibbon. The Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary preserves the rich biodiversity of India.
This tremendous haven nestled amid 35 sq km of sheer jungle and seasonal lakes is nothing less than a wildlife photographer's delight. Here is a travel guide that will provide you with valuable information about the things to do, how to reach and the best time to visit Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary.
How To Reach Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary
By air: Lengpui Airport is the closest airport, and it is located about 160 km away from Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary. You can avail buses or cabs from the airport to reach the sanctuary.
By train: There are no railroads in the state of Mizoram and the nearest railway station to Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary is Silchar Railway Sation in Assam. It is located about 300 km from the sanctuary. There are frequent buses to Aizawl from the station.
By road: Roadways are well maintained and are well connected all the major cities in the world
Best Time To Visit Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary
The general climate in this part of the region remains pleasantly warm throughout the year. However, it is during winter, i.e., from October to March, the sanctuary comes alive and making it an ideal time to pay a visit to the sanctuary.
Things To Do In Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary
1. Explore native animal exhibits
When you visit Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary, you have an opportunity to see many native wildlife like leopard, goral, tiger, slow loris, and red serow, to name a few. Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuaryprovides a long-term shelter for this rare exotic wildlife, which would not be able to survive on their own, amid urbanization.
2. Hiking trails
Stroll along the dense alpine forests, amble through the woods or hike to the top of the sanctuary. Situated at an altitude of 1300 m above sea level, it offers one of the best views in and around Mizoram. And it is one of the highest points in the greater Mizoram area on two miles trail. The view from the top of the sanctuary offers a glimpse of the rich biodiversity.
3. Bird watching
Walking along the trail, you can encounter most of the birds that live in the Northeast region of India. Depending on the season, grey sibia, grey peacock, white-naped yuhina, and oriental pied hornbill look back at you from their enclosures. You will have an opportunity to observe a flock of ground-dwelling, chicken-like birds - Mrs Hume's Pheasant. It is one of the rare places where you can capture many sets of exotic birds dwelling together.
4. Witness the rich vegetation around the sanctuary
Explore the far retreats of the sanctuary and witness a panoramic view of landscapes filled with vegetation and grasslands. The sight from the summit is filled with natural chatter from nearby birds and fresh air, and expansive views offer a beautiful setting to your exploration.