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A brief look into Champhai
Champhai is a hill station located in the Champhai district in the state of Mizoram. Surrounded by hills all around, Champhai is one of the famous tourist spots of the state. Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for the people of Champhai. Rice and grapes are cultivated in plenty here every year. This is located on the border of India and Myanmar, therefore, it occupies a significant place in the state’s economy. There are lots of business dealings that happen between Mizoram and Myanmar where goods from the latter are brought into the former and are sold at a profit by the traders of Champhai. Mizo is the official language of this place.
History of Champhai
Champhai which stands at a total area of 3185sq.km today was once the headquarters of Lalbura Sailo, a general from Mizoram who was targeted by the British during the 1870s. During the British Era, this place was recognized as a fort due to its hilly nature. Ever since its inception, Champhai has been an important trading hub in the state of Mizoram. Fabric, jewellery and electronic items were imported from Myanmar and were sold at slightly higher rates in Mizoram, through which traders earned their living. Even during the hot summer season, the maximum temperature of this place has always been around 20 degrees Celsius making it one of the most sought after summer retreats of the British.
Geographical location of Champhai
Champhai is famous all over the country mainly because of its location. It is located in the important border connecting Mizoram and Myanmar. It is situated at 23.3 degrees towards the North and 92.83 degrees towards the East.
How to reach Champhai and local modes of transport
Air – Aizwal airport or Lengpui Airport is the closest to Champhai at a distance of 192 km. From here, there are frequent flights connecting Champhai with all the major states in the country.
Rail – Silchar Railway Junction in Assam at a distance of 184 km away from Aizwal is the closest railway station to Champhai.
Road – There are lots of government and private buses that operate between Aizwal and Champhai every day.
Local modes of transport – Various kinds of cars are available for rent for commuting within Champhai at affordable rates.
Attractions near Champhai
Phawngpui Peak which is a massive mountain range is an important tourist attraction in Champhai. The Lamsial Puk and Mura Puk which are a set of ancient caves are visual treats for the international and domestic tourists who come here in large numbers. Murlen National Park and Palak Wildlife Sanctuary are must-visit places for every nature lover as this place offers great walking trails and houses exotic varieties of animals and birds.
Things to do in Champhai
Trekking, undertaking the nature walks, drinking great varieties of wine and watching the magical moments of sunrise and sunset from the valley points are some of the activities that tourists can do while visiting Champhai.
Famous restaurants in Champhai and local delicacies
Tourist Lodge in Champhai is one of the best restaurants in Champhai. While in Champhai, tourists must try out Zawlaidi. This is a wine made from local grapes that are cultivated in the local farmlands here. Different varieties of pork dishes are the specialities here. Roasted green vegetables, chicken curry with rice marinated with local spices and herbs should definitely be tried by tourists who come here.
Accommodation options in Champhai
Tourist Lodge in Champhai is a decent place to stay for tourists who come to this hill station. The tariff is quite reasonable at about INR500 for a night and the services offered are great. Other good options to stay are Hotel Holiday Home, Education Inn and Soil Rest House.
STD, PIN code and emergency contact numbers in Champhai
The STD and PIN code of Champhai are 03831 and 796321 respectively. Fire, Police and Ambulance services can be reached at 101, 100 and 102 respectively. Tourists who are looking for some last minute accommodation can reach the hotels Tourist Lodge, Hotel Holiday Home, Education Inn and Soil Rest house at 03831 23866, 03831 234871, 03831 234377 and 03831 2340217 respectively.
Banks, Hospitals and Tourist office at Champhai
1- State Bank of India
Champhai District, Mizoram – 796321
Ph: 03831 234366
2 - HDFC Bank Limited
Opposite to Apex Bank, Vengthlang, Champhai district,
Mizoram – 796321
Ph: 03831 30752041
1 - Nazareth Medi Tech Diagnostic and Care Centre
Ramhlum North, Aizawl, Mizoram – 796007
Ph: 03832 2342367
2 - Greenwood Hospital
Durtlang Road, Bawngkawn,
Aizawl, Mizoram – 796014
Ph: 0389 2341397
Mizoram State Tourism Department
Bungkawn Aizawl, Mizoram district
Ph: 0389 2333475.