The state of Mizoram constitutes of eight districts, out of which the district of Champai is one. Manipurs Churachandpur District surrounds the district on the northern side, the districts of Serchhip and Aizawl surrounds the district on the western side, the country of Myanmar surrounds the district on the eastern side. The administrative headquarters of the district is the town of Champai.
A stunning glimpse of the Myanmar hill range can be obtained from the Champai. The tribal customs and traditions of different hues, orchids, flowers and butterflies dominate the place, which is situated in the beautiful Mizoram state. In the past of this small north-eastern state and also in the past of its inhabitants, a significant role is played by this district. A widely popular concept is that from Champai itself, both the beginning and ending of the history of Mizo takes place. Ngopa, Khawhai and Khawzawl are the major towns. Situated on the borderline between India and Myanmar, this place is progressing very quickly. The distance between Champai town and the renowned lake of Rihdil is only 50 kilometers.
A healthy climatic condition and quite a many popular tourist spots are there in Champai. Situated near the bottom of the town, a scenic location is situated, which is the Champai Valley, also called The Rice Bowl of Mizoram. The plush rice farm lands are surrounded by a series of hills covered in greeneries, which enhances the appeal of the place. Situated on the international borderline between India and Myanmar, the town of Champai is a busy and an active commercial town. The distance between the town and Aizawl, which is the capital city of the state is 192 kilometers. A stunning glimpse of the Myanmar hills is provided by Champai. Champai has a deep and lush tradition, which is full of archaic remains, testimonials and memorials linked with various myths and tales. Testimonials and monoliths, which speak about the victory in war, brave hunting stories, individual merits and accomplishments, are scattered all over the small villages, which surrounds the town areas.
In order to sign an agreement with Vanhnuailiana, a visit to Lawihmun was made by the Cachar Deputy Commisioner and General Bourcher in 17th February, 1872. However, not even a single person in the village could be seen. As a result, the next day, a visit was made to Chawnchhim, in order to sign the agreement with the Ropuilianis elders. Dothiauva, Liankhama, Lalburha, Buangtheuva and Chinhleia were the sons of Vanhnuailiana. An effort was made by them to reside on the Mizorams western side. However, the Mangas descendants already had got hold of the place, which the sons have chosen to settle down in. The Mangas descendants presence on that land was due to the renowned war, which took place in Mizoram. The war was known as Chhak leh Thlang Indo. Later on, Chawnchhim was capture by the British.
The people, who resided close to the police quarters and constituted almost half of the village population, became well rehearsed in the English language. People owning guns were given gun licenses by the British Government. However the precise meaning of having a gun license could not be comprehended by the Mizo people; as a result, selling of their guns to Pawi, who resided in Myanmar, took place. From Pawi, ten of the guns were taken back by Thenzawl Pasaltha Chengaia. As a result of this occurrence, the Deputy Commissioner was happy with him. As a consequence, the title of Vanlaiphais chief was given to Chengaia. However, in the place of continuing as the Vanlaiphais chief, he preferred to become the Chief of Champai. Later he came to be Hmuntlangs chief.
He led the way for turning the lands of Champai into paddy fields. In 1909, exclusive governance was established by the 11th Deputy Commissioner of Mizoram, named H.W.G. Cole. All of the Champais chiefs were also the Panchayat member under this particular governance. And the members were appointed as the Panchayats chairman in yearly manner, in a cyclic way. The one army company went away from Champai, in the year 1923. The Thangvela Chief came into that vacant place instead. Kahrawt is the name given to them in the present time. Chawnchhim Hills four chief were them only.
A medium and reasonable weather prevails in the district of Champai. 10 degree Celsius to 20 degree Celsius is the temperature range during the winter months. 15 degree Celsius to 30 degree Celsius is the temperature range in the summer months.
Champai has a deep and lush tradition, which is full of archaic remains, testimonials and memorials linked with various myths and tales. Testimonials and monoliths, which speak about the victory in war, brave hunting stories, individual merits and accomplishments, are scattered all over the small villages, which surrounds the town areas.
Tourist places in Champhai
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