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Rih Dil

Day 5: Champhai – ZokawtharVisit the international border at Zokawthar from Champhai. It takes around 2 hours to reach the Indo-Burmese border and from there, walk to the heart-shaped Rih Dil Lake. The lake has quite importance in Mizo culture. You can enjoy boating in the lake and enjoy some quiet time by the lake. The lake is also a great place to take some beautiful pictures. You can also go for short hikes in the scenic surroundings and also visit a Buddhist monastery in the nearby Burmese village of Rikhawdar. Return by sunset at Zokawthar and stay for the night there.
Sumita Bhattacharya
Leaving Aizawl early next morning we headed for the famous Rih Dil Lake, the most culturally significant lake for Mizos except that it lies in another country - Myanmar. Rih Dil Lake is a heart-shaped body of still blue water. Mizos believe that the souls of their dead pass through it. To get there we had to cross the bridge across the river Tiao which forms the natural boundary between India and Myanmar. Thankfully no visas, passports or complicated entry formalities were required to pass into Myanmar where Indian currency and cars are readily allowed.
Salim Islam