Aizawl: India’s Silent City of Peace and Culture

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Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Mizoram in Northeastern India lies Aizawl, which is often referred to as the “Silent City of India”. Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram, offers visitors a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness and a serene atmosphere that sets it apart from the hustle and bustle of larger Indian cities.

Aizawl’s peaceful roads are a result of the city’s unique no-honking policy. Surprisingly, Aizawl is the first Indian city to adopt this policy since 2017, even without formal legislation. Due to the no-honking policy it has earned the title of the Silent City of India.

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The photo captures an overhead view of the city’s traffic. Cars and bikes peacefully follow one another on one side of the road, with no overtaking or honking. On the opposite lane, it is completely empty yet people follow the traffic rules on their own.

How to reach the Silent City

By air- the nearest airport is the Lengpui Airport which is 1 hr drive from Aizawl. Guwahati (GAU), Kolkata (CCU), Agartala (IXA) and New Delhi (DEL) have direct flights to Aizawl.

By Train- Silchar is the nearest railway station to Aizawl. The road trip from Silchar to Aizawl typically takes about 6 hours. Visitors can find shared Sumos for this journey at Mizoram Circuit House on Sonai Road in Silchar.

By road- Private buses like Network and Capital operate from Guwahati. Visitors can book tickets at Paltan Bazar, and the bus usually departs at 2:00 PM. The bus ride to Aizawl takes approximately 24 hours. Sumos are also available in the evening from Mizoram House on Christian Basti G S Road in Guwahati.

Things to do in the Silent City

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Durtlang Hills: One can explore the serene Durtlang Hills with their lush greenery and enjoy panoramic views of the city. It is a perfect spot for nature lovers and photographers.

Visit Museums: One can discover the local culture and history at the Mizoram State Museum and Mizoram Science Centre, which provide insights into the region’s heritage and scientific advancements.

Silent Drive: Visitors can experience the unique no-honking policy that makes Aizawl as the Silent City of India. It is remarkably quiet, and visitors can enjoy a peaceful drive around the city.

Trekking and Hiking: Aizawl is surrounded by beautiful landscapes that are ideal for trekking and hiking. Popular trails include the Hmuifang Tlang, Reiek Tlang, and Phawngpui Peak.

Local Cuisine: Visitors can try traditional Mizo dishes like Bamboo Shoot Curry, Bamboo Steamed Fish, and Bamboo Rice at local eateries. visitors should definitely try the famous Mizo tea.

Quiet Strolls: Visitors can experience the city’s calm streets by taking leisurely walks through Aizawl’s unique urban layout and explore its colourful street art.

Religious Sites: One can visit places of worship like Solomon’s Temple and the iconic Aizawl Presbyterian Church to appreciate the city’s religious aspect.

Interact with Locals: Visitors can engage with the warm-hearted locals to learn more about Mizo culture and traditions. Aizawl’s residents are known for their hospitality.


Aizawl, “the Silent City” offers a vibrant blend of cultures, traditions, natural beauty that provides unique experience to all the visitors. Whether visitors are looking for adventure in the hills, a taste of local culture, or a peaceful getaway from the city’s chaos, Aizawl in Mizoram has something for everyone. It’s a place where the past and present live together in harmony, making it a gem among India’s Northeastern states.

Pankaj Luitel is a graduate from Manipur University and loves reading and writing. At MountainEcho, Pankaj contributes to the content team efforts and regularly writes for our website

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