Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Khuaikhampui: A famous cliff in Sialsuk Village


Khuaikhampui Cliff, Sialsuk, Mizoram
A precipice known as Khuamkhampui is located in the western end of Sialsuk village. It can be reach within 40 minutes walks either by following Sialsuk Primary Health Centre road or Thlanmual thar (New Graveyard) road. Sialsuk lui (river) is passing through this cliff  and to follow the river stream is easiest way to reach there. Before reaching this cliff there is a small cliff (local people called it as Khuaikhamte) that has to be pass through but no worries there is short cut route on the left side. The river that pass through this main cliff forms beautiful waterfall during rainy season, beneath the cliff it then linked with Khuaikham lui(river). There is small ledge on the top of this cliff that can accommodate 10-20 persons, from there visitors can have breathtaking views of waterfalls and the depth of the cliff. 

Being growth up in this village i often visited this cliff but never dared to reach till the open cave which is existed down below the main ledge. I was told that during MNF insurgency this cave was used as hiding place by Mizo National Armies. During the time of  village Chieftaincy in Mizoram the Chief(s)  had a share of honey from the beehives found in the cliff of their jurisdiction which was known as Khuai chhiah (honey tax). In our village this tradition was followed too, anyone found and took honey from the beehives of this cliff must gave half of it to the Chief. Even when no one found the beehives the Chief(s) often organized  public search operation to this cliff. 
Khuaikhampui Cliff, Sialsuk, Mizoram. Can you see a man standing over there?
Khuaikhampui is a well known high cliff in our village and no one dare to fall down from the top. In our childhood days we often called out the name of this cliff for promise keeper. Whenever we had arguments and debates amongst our friends our final decisions were drawn according to our willingness to fall or thrown down in this cliff if we were wrong on our stands or opinion. "Are you dare to jump down to Khuaikhampui if your telling is incorrect?"  "Will you be allow your toys be throw away in Khuaikhampui in case you are proof to be wrong?" etc. were the popular questions we had often asked amongst ourselves in childhood days.  
Khuaikhampui Cliff, Sialsuk, Mizoram
I had a chance to visit this cliff in last December along with friend Mr.Ramhminga. Unlike we did in childhood days we went down to edge of the cliff from another route. As it was in winter season waterfall could not be seen and it almost dried up. But the advantage of visiting in winter was we could capture the real geological features of the cliff without having hinder from waterfalls. I was told that Republic Veng Adventure club members came to this cliff and measured the height of Khuaikhampui in few years back. I tried to get the exact figure of its height from them, but nobody from my village knew their contact numbers but at last i could manage to contact one member from Kulikawn Adventure Clube who was participated along with Republic veng club. He himself does not know the exact figure but he gave me round figure. I had tried to get from another source through Sialsuk group in facebook, finally one member from our group left a comment with exact figure i.e. 220 ft. (67.056 mt.).  It's height may not be that much high comparing to other famous cliff, but for us it is located in our place, it give us deep meaning in our mind whenever we say or hear about this cliff. Best season to visit is September-October.
Khuaikhampui Cliff, Sialsuk, Mizoram
Khuaikhampui Cliff, Sialsuk, Mizoram
Khuaikhampui Cliff, Sialsuk, Mizoram
Khuaikhampui Cliff, Sialsuk, Mizoram
Khuaikhampui Cliff, Sialsuk, Mizoram
Khuaikhampui Cliff, Sialsuk, Mizoram
Yellow spotted circle showing location of Khuaikhampui Cliff Sialsuk (modified from google maps)

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