Champhai is a bustling town in Mizoram, situated right on the India – Myanmar border. That makes it a commercial city because it shares important business relations with the neighbouring country. However, it is also a city rich with attractions, a place that any traveller would thoroughly enjoy exploring. It is also famously known as the ‘Rice Bowl of Mizoram’ and offers everything from hills, great flora and fauna, beauteous surroundings to historic monuments and important monoliths. Though each village of Champhai is worth visiting, here are the top places that you must not miss at any cost.
Start by exploring Murlen National Park – its lush evergreen forest is home to many endangered species. It is spread across a 100 square kilometre and you will spot gorgeous wildlife such as leopard, tiger, serows, barking deer, Himalayan black bear and sambar. It is also a great spot for bird-watching and some of the bird species that are frequently spotted here are the hill myna and peacock pheasant. Champhai is also known for orchids – and you’ll find a huge variety of them in this park.
A beautiful heart-shaped lake – Rih Dil is Champhai’s most surreal attraction. It is one of the largest and most loved lakes in the state; and a unique feature of Rih Dil is that though it’s located in Mizoram, a part of it is in Myanmar. The lake forms a big part of Mizo culture and it is believed that spirit of the dead have to cross the river to reach their next abode.
Another natural wonder is Thasiama Seno Neihna – a plateau which gives the most scenic view of the landscape of Champhai. The climb to the plateau is difficult and hence makes for a trekker’s delight. But once you are at the top, it’ll be worth every bit; you will cherish the experience for a long time to come.
Mura Puk is a site for history lovers; you can explore six caves that are truly a marvel in terms of their construction. There is no authentic record regarding the existence of the caves but there are several folk stories around them that the locals will be pleased to share with you.
Another nature park worth visiting is Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary – spread across an area of 80 square kilometres. Apart from being home to stunning flora and fauna, the park is home to the second highest peak of the state.