Champhai- The Rice Bowl of Mizoram

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Champhai is a small sub-divisional town in Mizoram and is the headquarters of Champhai district. The town is well connected to other major towns in Mizoram, making it an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of Aizawl. The name, Champhai, is believed to be derived from the Mizo language, where ‘chambo’ means ‘rice’ and ‘ai’ means ‘place’. Thus, Champhai means ‘rice bowl’. The town is surrounded by lush green paddy fields and is nicknamed the ‘Rice bowl of Mizoram’.

Champhai, located on the Indo – Myanmar border is an ideal tourist destination due to its beautiful landscape, rich history and folklore, and modern comforts that blend in a subtle way to make it an ideal place to plan time off for relaxation and recreation.  In addition to its breathtaking beauty, this bustling town is a treasure trove of ancient relics, monuments, legends, and folklore. It is also known as Mizoram’s burgeoning “fruit bowl.” Vineyards, passion fruit, and recently introduced kiwi fruit plantations in the surrounding hill slopes provide a diverse collection of colours that are visually appealing.

Champhai Mizoram

The Champhai district is considered to have served as the first point of entry and settlement for Mizo migrants to India. Champhai has a rich heritage; monuments and monoliths depicting war success, hunting, personal grief, and achievements can be found in small hamlets and villages. Landmarks, where legends and folklore were spun, are also preserved. The Champhai Valley is located near the town’s outskirts, near the Myanmar border. Surrounded on all sides by undulating hills, a vast expanse of rice fields, popularly known as Mizoram’s “rice bowl,” provides one of the most spectacular views in the region.

Champhai has a number of tourist attractions, the majority of which are in natural settings. These include the Kungawrhi Puk cave, the Tiau Lui river, Lianchhiari Lunglen Tlang, and a few others. Rih Dil Lake is another well-known natural attraction in Champhai and Mizoram. Trekking enthusiasts can go to the Thasiama Seno Neihna, which is about 83 kilometres south of Champhai.

Things to do in Champhai:

1. Rih Dil

Rih Dil
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Rih Lake is the largest lake in Mizoram and is frequently claimed to be in Myanmar. It is a beautiful heart-shaped lake 14 miles from Champhai in Mizoram and 63 miles from Falam, a town in Myanmar, and is believed to be the passage of souls to their eternal abode.

Rih Dil cannot be visited unless the Deputy Commissioner’s Office grants permission.

2. Murlen National Park

Murlen National Park
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Murlen National Park, which covers 100 square kilometres and is known for its subtropical evergreen forests, is home to animals such as the hoolock gibbon and the Himalayan Black Bear. Leopards, tigers, and a variety of other species have been spotted here.

The tiger, leopard, sambar, barking deer, Malayan giant squirrel, Himalayan black bear, serow, hoolock gibbon, rhesus macaque, Hume’s pheasant, kalij pheasant, grey partridge, hill myna, and dark-rumped swift can all be found here. There have been reports of hunting and poaching in Murlen National Park.

3. Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary

Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary
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Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Mizoram’s eastern region, north of Murlen National Park. The Sanctuary covers an area of 8,000 ha, with elevations ranging from 400 to 2,141 metres. Mizoram’s second-highest peak is located here. Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Mizoram’s eastern region, north of Murlen National Park (another IBA). The Sanctuary covers an area of 8,000 ha, with elevations ranging from 400 to 2,141 metres. This IBA includes Mizoram’s second-highest peak.

This sanctuary is home to animals such as the barking deer, rhesus macaque, wild boar, and leopard. Tigers and gorals can also be found here.

Champhai’s climate is warm and temperate. The annual average temperature is 18 degrees Celsius. Because the climate is temperate, this place can be visited all year, but it is best to avoid the rainy months (June to September), as it rains heavily during these months and may cause your tour to be canceled.

Champhai, the ‘Rice bowl of Mizoram’, is a beautiful, charming, and hospitable town. The town is ideal for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Aizawl and explore the lush green paddy fields and the thriving rice cultivation industry in Mizoram. Visit Champhai during the winter and experience a truly charming and memorable trip.

Indian travelers need to obtain an Inner Line Permit (ILP) before entering the state.
(Details on how to obtain an ILP are discussed in one of our earlier articles)

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