Champhai, a hyper active commercial town at the Indo-Myanmar border. Aizawl is away 192 Kms. It is at an elevation of 1678 mts. This lively town is the headquarters of Champhai District which covers an area of 3185.83 sq.kms.It has a breathtaking beauty. Champhai is also full of ancient relics, monuments and memorials linked with legends and folklores.
The market place at Champhai is a shoppers’ heaven. Household items, clothes, electronic goods, cosmetic items etc. of a wide range can be selected at a bargain price. Believed to be the entry point and settlement of the first Mizo migrants to India, Champhai has a background of rich heritage, scattered in small hamlets and villages dotted with monuments and monoliths that depict success in war, hunting, personal distinctions and achievements. Also preserved are landmarks around which legends and folklores were spun. Its beautiful landscape, the history and legend and also the images of modern day development that blend together makes Champhai an ideal tourist destination both for the adventurous and the holiday-makers opting for relaxation and recreation in an ambience of serene scenic splendour.
Champhai is also emerging at the fruit growing region of Mizoram. Well maintained vineyards, beautiful fruit orchards, and off lately introduced ‘Kiwi’ fruit plantations in the surrounding hill slopes that provide a rainbow of colours to eyes.
At the base of the town, towards the Myanmar border is Champhai valley. Surrounded on all sides by non poluted green hills,you will find beautiful looking rice fields, popularly known as the rice bowl of Mizoram, It offers a Champhai offers a spectacular scene from Champhai.
Tourist Attractions in Champhai
Thasiama Seno Neihna : This is a plateau on a steep rugged hillock that protrudes out precariously and is not easily negotiable by man. Located at Vaphai, a village about 86 kms. 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.
Fiara Tui : The legendary Fiara Tui is situated 65 kms away from Champhai. The source of this water is Tan tlang (mountain). The story goes that due to shortage of drinking water, long distances had to be travelled for collection of water. Fiara, the only son of a poor window, happened to turn a flat stone and to his great delight and astonishment found a crystal clear source of water. This was kept a secret by the widow and her son. In time it was found by the villagers that this water was better and sweeter than other water sources.
Rih Dil Lake : At a mere 22 kms distances inside Myanmar, is the legendary Rih Dil, a beautiful heart shaped lake believed to be the passage of the Souls to their eternal abode. The lake is 1 km. Long and 70 mtrs. Wide. The wonder of this lake is that though it has no external inflow or outflow of water, it is constantly clear and has invoked many interesting folk-tales. Permission to visit this lake is easily obtainable from the Deputy Commissioner`s Office at Champhai.
Manghaia Lung : This unique and massive structure is a Memorial Stone with engravings of a series of human figures, believed to be guardians of the dead. Beside this structure are smaller stone creations with pictures of animals engraved.
A Circuit House and a few economy private hotels offer comfortable stay at Champhai.
How To Reach There
By Air : The nearest airport that is located near the main city of Aizawl. This airport, also called as the Lengpui Airport, has regular flights to major destinations like Kolkata, Agartala, Guwahati and Imphal.
By Train : The only railway station at Mizoram is the Bhairabi railway station at Bhairabi, which is linked to Silchar in Assam.
By Bus : Mizoram is connected through National Highway 54 from Silchar, Assam.Champhai can be reached from Aizawl by traversing a distance of 194 kms. By Government and private buses, or sumo services which ply day and night on all days except Sundays. Taxis can be hired on all days from any part of the State.
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