Famous For: Champhai is quite famous for its natural beauty and huge valleys of paddy fields. It is also known as ‘Rice Bowl of Mizoram’ as it is a major rice growing area. Beside this, Champhai has some interesting places to visit. Such as –Rih Dil (Lake), Thasiama Seno Neihna, Murlen National Park, Mura Puk, Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary, Kungawrhi Puk, Lamsial Puk.Major Attractions: Rih Dil (Lake), Murlen National Park, Thasiama Seno Neihna, Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary, Mura Puk.Ideal Visit Time: Champhai has a warm and temperate climate. The average annual temperature is 18°C. Since the climate is temperate, this place can be visited throughout the year, but it is advisable to skip the rainy months (June to September) as it rains heavily in these months and may put a halt to your tour. So, be careful about it.
Champhai is a border town in Mizoram state, in far eastern India. It is the headquarters of Champhai district. It is located on the Indo-Myanmar border and is situated in a strategically important location. Because of this, it is the main business corridor for India and Myanmar in the area. Champhai and its surrounding regions are primarily known for their natural beauty and vast valleys of rice fields. It is known as the ‘Rice Bowl of Mizoram’ due to being a major region of rice cultivation. Also, its vibrant seasonal orchids lend it a certain romanticism and aesthetic appeal.
Now, let’s talk about some attractive places of Champhai below –
Rih Dil (Lake)
Rih Dil Lake is a historic lake, where the environment will make you realize that you are outside the earth. To get acquainted with a spot completely different from the outside world and to enjoy this infinite splendor of nature, head to the heart of Champaign right now. It is a beautiful heart-shaped lake that stretches across the heart of Mizoram. It is one of the favorite and revered lakes in the state.
A unique feature of Rih Dil Lake is that it is located in Mizoram but a part of it is in Myanmar. That means it is spread across two countries. It is considered to be the largest lake in the state and the south-western part of the lake is deeper than the north-western part.
If you look at any picture of Rih Dil Lake, you will feel that it is a beautiful edited image. Because you can’t imagine that there is such an amazing natural beauty in the world. The lake is closely associated with the Mizo culture, and it is believed that the disembodied spirits must cross the river to reach their next abode. You can also find references to the lake in the literature, culture and art of Mizoram.
Murlen National Park
The famous Murlen National Park covers an area of about 100 sq km, which is a popular tourist attraction. This evergreen park is home to many endangered species. There are different species of wildlife and birds here. Some of the animals found here are Leopard, Tiger, Serrow, Barking Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Sambar and many more. It is a great place for bird watching and the park is their traditional habitat. Some of the bird species are Hill Myna, Peacock Pheasant and many others.
In addition to the endangered wildlife, another attraction of the park is the variety of beautiful and amazing orchids. As well as enjoying the natural beauty it is one of the spots for animal lovers. You can fulfill your precious vacation by coming here.
Thasiama Seno Neihna
Thasiama Seno Neihna is a plateau that offers a view of the joys of nature and the surroundings. Climbing the plateau is a bit arduous and so it is the delight of the trekker but once you are at the top, you will get an experience that you will cherish for a long time because it is a place that is full of beauty and serenity. There are many legends associated with this place, which makes it a must visit.
According to legend the plateau is the site where Thasiama’s Mithun used to calf, considered impossible for a Mithun to climb even today. However, legend tells us that Thasiama had an affairs with a beautiful Fairy named Chawngtinleri and that the Fairy had bestowed him a gift that his Mithun will multiply and make him prosperous. The Fairy used to guide Thasiama’s Mithun to this particular hill for safe delivery and guard it against the onslaught of tigers that haunt the area.
Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary
One of the tourist attractions of Champhai is the Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary, which covers an area of about 80 sq km. The sanctuary is home to a large number of plants and trees as well as a variety of animals. The second highest peak in the state is located within this sanctuary. Some of the animals present in the sanctuary are – Barking deer, Leopard, Sambar, Hulk Gibbons, Kleej Phesant, Tiger and many more.
For those who love nature and want to explore the culture, every place in Mizoram, including Champhai, is a place of interest. There are many places here that are blessed by Mother Nature. In fact, you will not be disappointed if you spend time in every corner of the state like Champhai.
Mura Puk is a site for history lovers, as you can truly see the six caves in one of their wonders. There is no authentic record of the existence of caves but there are several folk tales about them.
How To Reach
By Road: Champhai is well-connected to nearby cities with an efficient road network. Champhai can be reached by road from Guwahati, Imphal, Shillong etc. Regular bus services are available on these routes.
By Train: Champhai has no any railway station of its own. The nearest railway station to Champhai is ‘Bairabi Railway Station’, which is around 300 km away from the city and which can be covered by a taxi. It can be a very annoying journey for you.
By Air: Champhai has no any airport of its own. The nearest airport is ‘Lengpui Airport’ in Aizawl which is located at an estimated distance of 186 km. It is the only airport in the state and is well linked with other cities in the country. After reaching the airport, you can easily hire a car or a bus to reach the destination.