14th December 2011 (PM):
We returned to Aizawl by 2:00PM and Hanif drove me around Aizawl a bit, so I got a feel of the City's people and streets.Then he dropped me off at Mizoram State Museum.
Later, he picked me up to show the BV Paradise ('Mini-Taj' as per Hanif) but it was already dark when we reached, there was no power and the place was closed.
Hanif was friendly and helpful and I discussed with him about going to some rural places in Mizoram. A
'reserved taxi' will be too costly to go alone without sharing Pax. He said he has often taken tourists to Champhai and Rih-Dil Lake in Burma was definitely worth visiting. He gave me the telephone nos of Tourist GH at Champhai to book room, if decide to go.
Fortunately, Share-Sumos go to all rural places in Mizoram and most such journeys were 8-10 hour duration due to distance and hilly terrain of the State. These share-Sumos leave early morning, between 5:00 to 7:00AM from Zarkot Pt. upper and lower levels. Disadvantage of share-sumo being you cannot stop and see sights en-route or even stop to take pictures of the lovely scenery from view-points.
I don't know if it was due to the pre-Christmas rush season or it is normally so ... I found many share-sumo's go 'full' to all exotic name-places.
Mizoram seemed to be very peaceful place and bustling with life. From my hotel balcony (at Zarkot), I have watched the streets below suddenly bursting into noisy life at 5:30AM, each day, with Mizos boarding (with plenty of luggage), some 30-40 Sumos, heading to different remote places. A line of street-food hawkers suddenly appear at dawn, along the narrow pavements to sell breakfast - Puri, Aloo-Sabzi, Pork-chops and tea - to the travelling crowds. By 7:00AM the street becomes quiet and deserted, with no sign of the crowds and the vendors!
In the evening, I met an elderly Bengali gentleman, manning one of the Sumo Counters in Zarkot. And asked him which of the many rural destinations was worth visiting for a Tourist. He suggested I go East to Champhai, near Burma border ... or as a 2nd choice South to Lunglie and further on to Saiha.
I decided for Champhai (for the more scenic views there) and booked myself a seat for 6:30AM Dep next day.