Champhai

Often regarded as the ‘Fruit Bowl of Mizoram’, Champhai is on the go-to list of every individual who visits this lovely north-eastern state of India. Nested along the Indo-Myanmar border, this district is quite active when it comes to trade with its neighboring nation. As far as history is concerned, legend says that the history of Mizo begins and ends with Champhai. In fact, the hamlets scattered across the town are dotted with monuments and monoliths. Each one of them depicts something or the other – success in war, valorous hunting or even personal milestones. And quite like Mizoram’s vibrancy, Champhai not just boast of its tribal traditions, orchids and butterflies, but also of rows and rows of vineyards. Adding beauty to the place are a chain of green hills encircling the vast expanses of rice fields and the famous Rihdil Lake, located on the other side of the Myanmar border.

In the 90s, Champhai became home to the Murlen National Park. The interesting bit about this park is that it is often compared to the forests in the Amazon. With only a miniscule amount of sunlight being able to penetrate the forest on a sunny day, the thickness of the forest in the park rakes up parallels with similar South American regions. Often called the ‘land of no-return’, it is home to a rich variety of exotic flora and fauna.