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Mizoram

       Mizoram is the southern most tip of the hill states, protruding downwards between Burma and Bangladsh. Towards its north we have Manipur, Assam and Tripura, and in the Western most part are the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, and finally Myanmar(formerly known as Burma) in the East. Mizoram means “Land of the Highlanders” in the local language, Mizo. The Mizo Hills, which dominate the state's topography, rise to more than 2000 m (6560 ft) near the Myanmar border.

        The hilly terrain has given the land of Mizoram its pleasant personality. This land of Mizoram has visually unique sights. The Mizo’s love for flowers has them growing beautiful orchids and geraniums in their gardens and surroundings. Taking note of the population , the Christians make up a solid 84 per cent of the Mizo population while 7 per cent are Hindu’s and about 1 per cent of the population is Muslim.

        Aizwal, the capital of Mizoram is situated is situated in one of the steepest slopes of the country about 1220 m (4000 ft) above sea level.. With an area of 21,081 sq.km and a population of 6,89,756, approximately the official language in Mizoram is English.

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        Mizo which means Highlanders , is a name given to this tribe who settled on top of a hill in Mizoram. The Mizos are belived to be originally from Northwest , China, gradually displaced southwards towards Tibet and Burma in the &th century, until they reached their homeland about 300 years ago.

        Mizoram was at one point of time the Lushai Hills of Assam , but later went on to become an independent state within the Indian sub continent.

        An amalgam of the former north and south Lushai hill districts, Mizoram is a land of great natural beauty, an endless variety of landscape with rich flora and fauna, clusters of whispering pines and quaint villages with houses on stilts.

        The Tropic of Cancer runs through the heart of Mizoram, and hence, it has a pleasantly temperate climate throughout the year. A land of steep hills and deep gorges, Mizoram's highest peak 'The Blue Mountain' rises to a height of 2165 metres. Important rivers that flow through this hilly state are Tlawang, Sonai, Tuivawl, Kolodine and Kamaphuli.

        Mizoram has a single-chamber Legislative Assembly of 40 seats. The state sends two members to the Indian national parliament: one to the Rajya Sabha (upper house) and one to the Lok Sabha (lower house). The state has eight districts.