Seated precariously along rows of north–south-running mountain ridges, gorgeous Mizoram is perhaps the most picturesque of all the states in the Northeast. Feature-wise, there's very little to identify this place as India: the population (ethnically more Southeast Asian than Indian) is almost wholly local, and the predominant religion is Christianity. Mizo culture – in a significant departure from the rest of the country – has no caste distinctions and women are more liberated than their counterparts in many other Indian states. In Aizawl girls smoke openly, wear modern clothes and hang out in unchaperoned posses meeting up with their beaus at rock concerts.
Mizoram runs to its own rhythm. Most businesses open early and shut by 6pm; virtually everything closes tight on Sunday. Upon arrival, you must register at the Office of the Superintendent of Police in Aizawl. Domestic tourists require a temporary Inner Line Permit, issued for ₹120 on arrival at the airport.