Rih Lake sits within 545 acres of protected public forest and is home to a colorful variety of attractive birds. The name derives from a Mizo folktale: Rih-i had a younger sister who was murdered by her father on their stepmother’s orders, only to be resurrected by a helping spirit. Although the heart-shaped outline was romantic, the lake itself was fairly small, just one mile long and half a mile wide, and the surrounding crops were dead and brown. Much as Chin communities in Matupi consider Bungtla Waterfall to be part of their God-given heritage, Rih Lake holds huge spiritual significance for the Mizo. In ancient animist tradition, Rih Lake is a gateway to Piairal, the Mizo version of paradise.