Welcome to Rihkhawdar
Way up on the Myanmar–India border, Rihkhawdar (ရိခ္ေဟာဒါ) is a small but hectic border town and the gateway to mystical Rih Lake. Separated from Mizoram State in India by a 100yd-long bridge, Rihkhawdar sees trucks from India and Myanmar move in both directions carrying cargo, while the shops here are full of Indian goods and the Indian rupee is as much the currency as the Myanmar kyat. This is a closed frontier for both ordinary Burmese and foreigners, although local residents can cross the border during the day. Instead, the main reason to come here is to visit nearby Rih Lake, an idyllic, heart-shaped lake that sits almost on the border with India. The lake is of immense spiritual significance to the local Mizo people, one of the six ethnic groups who make up the Chin people and who are spread across Chin State, Mizoram State and eastern Bangladesh.