WELCOME TO MANIPUR

IMPHAL
The capital of Manipur, Imphal is a bustling minimetropolis situated at a height of 790 metre above sea level. Some of the places to be visited are:


SHREE SHREE GOVINDAJEE TEMPLE

A historic Vaishnavite centre, adjoining the Royal Palace of Manipuri’s former Maharajas, the Govindajee temple is a simple structure, comprising of twin domes, a paved courtyard and a large raised congregation hall.


KHWAIRAMBAND BAZAR OR IMA MARKET

An unique all women’s market, having 3000 “Imas” or mothers who run the stalls. This is a large crowded market at the heart of Imphal city. the market is exclusive in the sense that all the stalls are managed by women.It is split into two sections on either side of the road. Vegetables, fruit, fish and household groceries are sold on one side and exquisite handlooms and household tools on the other. Not far away is a street where beautiful Manipuri wicker works and basketry are sold.

SHAHEED MINAR

The indomitable spirit of the Meitei and Tribal martyrs who sacrificed their lives while fighting the British in 1891, is commemorated by this tall Minar at Bir Tikendrajit Park in the heart of Imphal.

WAR CEMETRIES

Commemorating the memories of the British and the Indian soldiers who died during the Second World War, these cemeteries are managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Serene and well maintained the graves carry little stone markers and bronze plaques recording the sacrifices of those gallant soldiers.

MANIPUR STATE MUSEUM
This interesting museum near the Polo Ground has a fairly good display of Manipur’s tribal heritage and a collection of portraits of Manipur’s former rulers. Particularly interesting items are costumes, arms & weapons, relics and historical documents.

KHONGHAMPAT ORCHIDARIUM
7 kms. from Imphal on Highway No. 39 is the Central Orchidarium, which covers 200 acres and houses over 110 rare varieties of orchids, which include almost a dozen endemic species. The peak blooming season is March-April.

MANIPUR ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS
About 6 kms. to the West of Imphal, at the foot of the pine growing hillocks at Iroisemba on the Imphal-Kangchup Road are the Zoological gardens. Not to be missed is an opportunity to see the graceful brow antlered deer (Sangai) one of the rarest species in the world, in sylvan surroundings.

KANGCHUP
Kangchup 921 metres above sea level, 16 kms from Imphal in west, is a health resort on the hills overlooking the Manipur Valley. The scenery is picturesque and worth seeing. With the construction of Singda Dam at Kangchup the place has become one of the important picnic spots.

RED HILL (LOKPACHING)

Red Hill is a hillock about 16 km. from Imphal on Tiddim Road. It is a thrilling spot where a fierce battle took place between the British and Japanese forces in the World War-II and regarded as a holy place. The Japanese war veteran had constructed “India Peace Memorial”, a Monument in memory of Japanese Martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the fierce battle.

MOIRANG

45 kms. from Imphal, Moirang is the centre of Meitei folk culture, where every summer colourful “Lai Haraoba” dance is traditionally performed in honour of the presiding pre-Hindu deity Thangjing. Moirang played an important part in the Indian freedom struggle, and the INA museum situated here documents the first unfurling of the INA flag and all the memorabilia associated with the movement.

INA (Indian National Army) MEMORIAL AT MOIRANG

It is a place where India's tri-coloured flag was hoisted by Netaji during World War II. There is a Netaji Memorial Museum in this complex displaying letters, photographs, badges of ranks and other memorabilis reminding the noble sacrifices made by the INA under the leadership of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

LOKTAK LAKE AND SENDRA ISLAND
48. kms. from Imphal, Loktak is the largest fresh-water lake in the North Eastern region, a veritable miniature inland sea. From the tourist home set atop Sendra Island, visitors get birds eye view of life on the Lake-small islands that are actually floating weed on which live the lake people, the shimmering blue waters of the lake, labyrinthine boat routes and colourful water plants. The Sendra Tourist home with an attached cafeteria in the middle of the lake is an ideal tourist spot. Boating and other water spots are being introduced here.

KEIBUL LAMJAO NATIONAL PARK
The only floating National park in the world, on the Loktak Lake is the last natural habitat of “Sangai” the dancing deer of Manipur. A glimpse of the deer in this unique wetland ecosystem is a must for any wildlife enthusiast. Hog deer, Otter and a host of water fowls and migratory birds can also be sighted during November to March. The Forest Departments maintains watch towers and two rest houses within the park.

PHUBALA
40 KMS. from Imphal, on the western fringe of the Loktak lake to the south of Imphal is a charming little resort, linked to the mainland by a narrow causeway. Boating and other water sports are being introduced here.

BISHNUPUR
27 kms. from Imphal on the Tiddim Road, is a picturesque town situated at the foot hills that rolls down to valley. The 15th century Vishnu Temple of peculiarly small bricks supposedly of Chinese influence during the reign of King Kiyamba is of historical importance. Bishnupur is also famous for chiseled stoneware.

ADVENTURE TOURISM
Adventure Tourism facilities are also being developed at the Manipur Mountaineering and trekking Association (MMTA) Complex at Lamdan (Sudarshan Park) near the Loktak Hydroelectric Power Project, the Manipur Adventure and Allied Sports Institute (MAASI) Complex at Keirao and at the Tourist Home located in the Siroi Hills near Ukhrul District Headquarters. These Associations conduct training and treks for tourists with an adventurers streak. They also offer opportunities for jungle exploration, mountaineering, rock climbing, etc.

KAINA
It is a hillock about 921 metres above sea level and a sacred place of the Hindus. So goes the story that one night, Shri Govindajee appeared in the vision of his devotee, Shri Jai Singh Maharaja (later known as Bhagya Chandra of Manipur) in his dream, and asked the saint king to install in a temple an image of Shri Shri Govindajee on the likeness of what appeared in the dream. It was to be carved out of jack fruit tree which was then growing at Kaina. The scenery is charming and the hill shrubs and natural surroundings give the place a saintly and religious atmosphere. It is only 29 kms. from Imphal by bus via Thoubal. Ras dance is performed there now and then.

KHONGJOM
36 kms. on the Indo-Myanmar road. A war broke out between Manipur and British India in 1891 and Manipur was invaded from 3 directions. The British troops that came from Myanmar were resisted at Khongjom with heavy casualities. It was here that Major General Paona Brajabashi, one of the great warriors of Manipur proved his valour against the superior force of the invading British Army in 1891. The hillock at the foot of which he laid down his life in defence of his motherland, is reminiscent of the past heroic deeds of Manipur warriors. A war memorial has been constructed on top of Kheba hill. Khongjom Day is celebrated every year on April 23.

CHURACHANDPUR
It is on the Tiddim Road, 60 kms. from Imphal and is one of the most beautiful places for sight seeing and holidaying. Inhabited by the hill tribes, it is an advanced tribal town and district headquarters where products of arts and crafts of the area are available in local markets.

TAMENGLONG
It is 156kms. from Imphal and is the district headquarters of the Tamenglong district. This region is known for its deep gorges, mysterious caves and splendid waterfalls and its exotic orchids. The Tharon cave, Booming meadow, Zeilad lakes, Barak waterfalls are some of the places of tourist interest. Rongmei, Lengmei, Zemei and Puimei Nagas are dominant tribes of Tamenglong. There is nothing to beat the Tamenglong brand of oranges and cane-mats.

MAO
Mao is one of the oldest hill stations of Manipur bordering Nagaland located midway between Dimapur and Imphal on the National Highway 39 at an altitude of 5762.02 feet above sea-level. The Mao IB, built by the Royal Military engineers in 1897 is a hundred years old. The cultural mosaic of Manipur is not complete without the colourful Mao-Naga dance. Other places worth visited is Makhel, the historical place of Naga dispersal and the legendary place of common origin of the Meiteis and the Nagas, which has the oldest pear tree memorial of the dispersal. Dzuko Valley with its pristine beauty blooms with a rare lily between May and July. The Regional Potato Farm can be relied upon for a scenic view of the sleep drop to "Ikhro Ikhro" near the Highway; and Mt. Isu for a glimpse of the highest peak in the region. Mao people are known for their warmth and straight-forward honesty.

WAITHOU LAKE
16 kms. on Indo-Myanmar Road. A picturesque site famous for its pineapple slopes. A tourist lodge at the fringe of the lake.

TENGNOUPAL
69 kms. from Imphal. The highest point on the Indo-Myanmar Road, from here one can have a full view of the valley of Manipur. When a visitor passes along the road, he will find himself above the clouds but in natural surroundings.

MOREH
110 kms. from Imphal. This International border town is located on the Indo-Myanmar Road, a commercial town attracting a large number of people from neighbouring places. It is only 5 km away from Tamu, its Myanmar counterpart. The recent opening of the Border trade turned Moreh into an important commercial hub in North-East. Right on the other side of the border, at Namphanglong, there is a big Myanmarese shopping complex selling all kinds of Thai and Chinese consumer goods. The super-market can serve as a poor man's alternative to Bangkok's National Stadium shopping Arcade. Things come much cheaper there. Conducted Tours are organised from Moreh to Myanmarese towns like Kalimiew and Mandlay. Such a tour is one of the rare opportunities in which the Rupee can flex its muscles 10 times against the foreign currency.

UKHRUL

83 kms. to the east of Imphal, this District Headquarter of Manipur East is the highest hill station of the State. A centre of the colourful warrior tribe Tangkhul Nagas, it is well developed and famous for a peculiar type of land-lily, the Siroi, grown on the Siroi hills. Siroi hills and Khangkhui Lime Caves are interesting places for excursions. Ukhrul bears a gay and festive appearance during Christmas.

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