Previously belonging to the state of Assam until 1972, the landlocked state of Mizoram takes its name from the ‘Mizo’ tribal people, who make up the majority of its population and ‘Ram’ meaning land. Its animist ‘head-hunting’ population were converted to Christianity in the late 19th century, though it still has the highest concentration of tribal people among all states in India. Massively undeveloped, with over 90% of its landscape under a thick covering of forest, it is well and truly off the tourist trail. Enjoying a temperate climate all year round, the best time to visit Mizoram is between October and May if you want to avoid the monsoon!