meaning “The Land of Jewels”, is the twentieth state of the
Indian Union. Untouched & undiscovered, Manipur is a virtual
paradise with natural bounty and beauty. It is also rich in
art & traditions.
Manipur is the
land of Polo’s birth. It is known for its martial tradition
and also for the famous Manipuri Classical dance. Imphal is
the capital of Manipur.
simple & beautiful structure with twin gold domes, a paved
courtyard and a large raised congregation hall, the Shri
Govindajee Temple is a historic Vaisnavite shrine, adjoining
the Royal Palace of the rulers of Manipur of the bygone era.
The Presiding deity in the centre is flanked by the shrines of
Lord Jagannath on one side & Lord Krishna & Balaram on the
all women’s market is split into two sections on both sides of
a road. Exquisite colourful handloom shawls & other materials
are sold on one side & vegetables, fruits, fish and household
utensils & implements on the other. There is a street not far
away from here where magnificent wicker works are sold.
a very interesting place for those who want to have an insight
of Manipur’s tribal heritage & historical past. Costumes, arms
& weapons, relics & historical documents are some of the
war cemeteries, commemorating the memories of the British &
Indian army victims of the 2nd World War, are managed by the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Little stone markers &
bronze plaques record the sacrifice of the gallant soldiers.
located at Iroishemba on the Imphal – Kangchup road, 6 km. off
Imphal. The surrounding is sylvan & it is graced by the
brow-antlered deer, one of the rarest species in the world.
orchidarium, located 7 km. off Imphal on the N.H. 39, is a
place of interest for the Orchid lovers. Covering an area of
200 acres of land, this houses over 110 varieties of Orchids ,
including several endemic species. The Peak blooming season is
at Bir Tikendrajit Park in the heart of Imphal, this tall
minar commemorates the indomitable spirit of Manipur martyrs
who sacrificed their lives while fighting the British in 1891.
48 km. off Imphal, Loktak is the largest freshwater lake in
North East India. From the tourist bungalow set atop Sendra
Island, visitors can have a bird’s eye view on the people
living in & around the lake, the shimmering blue waters of the
lake & colourful water plants.
Keibul Lamjao NP
Located 53 km. off Imphal on the
Loktak Lake, this is the only floating National Park in the
world. It is the last natural habitat of the brow-antlered
deer ( Sangai), the dancing deer of Manipur. Other inmates of
the park include ---- hog deer, otter & a host of water fowls.
Migratory birds can also be sighted during November to March.
off Imphal, it is the highest hill station of the state.
Ukhrul is a major centre of the colourful warrior tribe- the
Tangkhul Nagas. Siroi Hills, famous for the Siroi Lily, a
peculiar type of land-lily & Khangkhui Lime Caves are
interesting places for visitors.
Churachandpur, 59 km. off Imphal, is inhabited mainly by the
colourful Kuki tribe. An ideal place for sightseeing, it is
also famous for the local handicraft & handloom products.
156 km. from Imphal, Tamenglong is
known for its mysterious caves, deep gorges, splendid
waterfalls & exotic orchids. Some of the places worth visiting
are the Tharon cave, Booning Meadows, Zailad Lake & Barak
off Imphal, Moirang is famous historically & also for the
ancient temple of the Pre- Hindu deity, Lord Thangjing. People
in bright traditional costumes sing & dance in honour of Lord
Thangjing here at the Moirang Lai Haraoba every year in the
month of May. The graceful Khamba-Thoibi dance originated here
at Moirang. Moirang bears historical significance as it was
here that the flag of the Indian National Army was first
hoisted on Indian soil on April 14, 1944.
is an INA museum here containing some precious articles
associated with this movement.
Other places of tourist interests are Bishnupur, Phubala,
Khongjom, Tengnoupal, Moreh, Singda, Langthabal etc.
With effect from 1st January 2011 Protected Area Permit (PAP)
required for foreign nationals has been withdrawn from
the North - East Indian States of Manipur, Nagaland and
Mizoram for a year. However, the tourists have to
register themselves with the Foreigner's Registration Officer
of the district they travel within 24 Hours of their arrival.