Phawngpui (Blue Mountain)
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. Abounding with diverse flora and fauna, Phawngpui has been declared a National Park covering an area of about 50 sq km. Exploring the park requires trekking and one can get the most exciting views of Mizoram from the cliffs of Phawngpui. It is famous for its exotic species of flora and fauna especially the orchids and rhododendrons spread within the valleys surrounding on all sides. 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 cliffs or hearing in the evening the sharp calls of barking deer . Phawngpui is also home to an amazing variety of birdlife including the rare Blyth’s Tragopan, Dark Rumped Swift and Hume’s pheasant, and endangered mammals like the Slow Loris, Tiger, Leopard, Leopard Cat, Serow, Goral, Asiatic Black Bear, Stump-tailed Macaque and Capped Langur.