Phawngpui National Park is located in Lawngtlai district of the northeastern state of Mizoram in India. It is named after the mountain Phawngpui. In lai dialect the word Phawngpui is the combination of two words; “phawng” means meadow and “pui” is the suffix for “great”. The word “Phawngpui” means excellent meadow. This mountain is also known as a blue mountain of Mizoram. From a distance, the Phawngpui peak looks blue, hence it is called the blue mountain. This park is situated in the southeastern Mizoram relatively close to Burma. Phawngpui National Park covers the entire mountain along with the surrounding reserve forest area.
Flagship animal of a national park: Clouded Leopard, tiger and Mrs Hume’s pheasant (State Bird of Mizoram)
Notified area of the National Park: 50 sq kilometre
The national park is designated in the year 1997.
Best season to visit the park is from November to April.
The park remains closed for rest of the year.
The river Chhimtuipui originated from Phawngpui mountain and flows towards Burma. The semi-circular cliff on the western side of Phawngpui mountain is known as Thlazuang Khâm and it is worth sighting.
Mainly grasses, Rhododendron, bamboo groups are dominant.
Tiger, Clouded leopard, Hollock Gibbon, Stump-tailed macaque, Common Langur, Rhesus Macaque, Mountain goat, slow loris, Leopard cat, Asiatic black bear etc.
Mrs Hume’s pheasant, Blyth’s Tragopan, Oriental pied hornbill, Purple cochoa, Black eagle, Large-billed crow, Warblers, Woodpeckers, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Greater Spotted Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Brahminy Kite, lack Rumped Flameback, sunbirds, Common Flameback, Greater Flameback, Long-Billed Pipit, Short Toed Snake Eagle etc.
Reptiles and Amphibians
Many species of Reptiles and Amphibians are found.
Approach to Phawngpui National Park
Nearest Airport: Aizawl airport (300 km)
Nearest Railway Station: Silchar (185 km)
Road: Roads connect entry points of the park to major cities of Mizoram as well as neighbour state Assam.