Glimpse of Phawngpui National Park
The highest peak in Mizoram, Phawngpui or the Blue Mountain is situated near the State’s South-Eastern border overlooking the bend of the mighty Chhimtuipui river and the hill ranges of Myanmar. With a height of 2157 metres at the peak, the ridge stretches nearly 10 km in north-south direction and reaches a height of 2157 metres at the peak near the southern end. It is surrounded by sheer precipices and cliffs, of which Thlazuang Kham is the most spectacular one. This breezy ridge is a virtual garden of beautiful flowering trees like rhododendrons and orchids of various hues, and one can also get splendid views of blue hazed hills extending to the horizon all around. There is a large glade known as Far Pak in the northern area which is ideal for picnic and camping.
Abounding with diverse flora and fauna, Phawngpui has been declared a National Park covering an area of about 50 sq.km. The thick forests are interspersed with small patches of grassy glades and are replete
with diverse fauna typical of Montane Sub-tropical forests including oak, rhododendrons and rare species of bamboos. Here one has a good chance of sighting gorals grazing peacefully in the steep slopes, brightly plumed sunbirds hovering over colourful flowers, peregrine falcon swooping down on fleeting cliff swallows or hearing in the evening the sharp calls of barking deer or the resounding howls of a hoolock gibbon family. With the cliffs and rocky ledges on all sides providing natural shelter, Phawngpui is home to an amazing variety of birdlife including the rare Blyth’s Tragopan, Dark Rumped Swift, and Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant, the Mizoram state bird, and endangered mammals like the Slow Loris, Tiger, Leopard, Leopard Cat, Serow, Goral, Asiatic Black Bear, Stump-tailed Macaque and Capped Langur.