(Last Updated on : 27/12/2013)
Set in the beautiful state of Mizoram with its colourful tribal traditions, orchids and butterflies, Champhai boasts a fabulous view of the Myanmar hills. It covers an area of 3,198 sq km and has a population of 101,400. This frontier district has a special place in the history of the tiny north-eastern state and its people. It is said that the history of Mizo starts from Champhai and ends in Champhai. Major towns are Ngopa, Khawhai and Khawzawl. It is a fast developing venue on the Indo-Myanmar border. The famous Rohdil Lake is only 22 km away from the town of Champhai.
Champhai is a bustling commercial town at the Indo-Myanmar border, in the beautiful state of Mizoram, 192 km from the capital Aizawl. Champhai offers a wonderful view of the Myanmar hills. A storehouse of ancient relics, monuments and memorials connected with legends and folklores, Champhai has a background of rich heritage. The small hamlets around the town are dotted with monuments and monoliths that depict success in war, valorous hunting, personal distinctions and achievements.
Champhai has a salubrious climate and a number of tourist attractions. A picturesque spot here is the Champhai valley located towards the base of the town. A chain of green hills encircle luxuriant rice fields, which add to the beauty of this place.
Kungawrhi Puk (cave)
A day excursion from Champhai to Farkawn village will take you to Kungawrhi Puk, a deep and wide gaping hole on the side of hill, which was once believed to be the entrance of an underground village inhabited by the spirits.
Tiau Lui (River)
The legendary river Tiau is the boundary between India and Myanmar. It has been the main place for border crossing from both sides. It has now developed into a commercial centre, where all kinds of imported goods are available.
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.
Lianchhiari Lunglen Tlang
This is the legendary cliff with its projection protruding perilously far outside the rugged mountain where the lovers like the besotted Lianchhiari used to look-out for Chawngfianga. No wonder that this idyllic view should find natural and spontaneous attraction from the romantic tribal population, enthusing them to weave out sweet love-lores around the cliff. This enigmatic natural wonder is 64 kms south of Champhai on the way to Khawbung.
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. Away from Champhai, and a visit to this site is a thrilling experience. 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.
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.
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.