Visit Manipur


  ANDRO - the ancient village
27 km towards east of Imphal is the ancient Scheduled Caste village of Andro, there is one Cultural Complex established by the Mutua Museum, Imphal. It consists of potteries of the North Eastern Region of India. There is a 'Doll-House' where dolls of 29 recognised tribes of Manipur (both male and female) are in display.

  Ima Market
A unique all-women's market, having 3500 "imas" or mothers who run the stalls, it is split into two sections on either side of a road. Vegetables, fruits, fish and groceries are sold on one side, while exquisite handloom shawls, phaneks, khudeis, bedsheets and household utensils & implements and fruits are sold on the other. Not far away, is a street where beautiful wicker works and basketry and furniture are sold. Other smaller markets are Singjamei, Kongba, Lamlong, Kwakeithel, Heirangkhoithong, Terakeithel, Naoremthong etc.

The capital of Manipur, Imphal is a bustling minimetropolis situated at a height of 790 m above sea level.

It is a hillock, about 920 m above sea level, and a sacred place of the Hindus. The sylvan surroundings, and the aura of serenity that envelopes it, add to the solemnity of the site. Kaina is only 29 kms from Imphal.

At an attitude of 921 meters, 16 km from Imphal to the west, is a health to the hills overlooking Manipur valley. The scenery is picturesque. It is also a mountain pass on the road to Tamenglong. There is an Inspection Bungalow here.

  Keibul Lamjao National Park
The only flaoting National Park in the world , it is situated on the fringes of the Loktak Lake. This is the last natural habitat of the marsh dwelling SANGAI brow antlered deer of Manipur better known as the dancing deer (due to the fact that it has to balance itself on the unique floating wetlands).

  Khonghampat Orchidarium
The Orchid Yard of the forest Department, on the National Highway No. 39, about 7 km from Imphal, is another place of interest. More than 110 varieties of Orchids, including several rare species are grown here. Peak season is April-May.

36 km. from Imphal. Situated on the Indo-Burma Road, this is a place of greatest historic importance. It was here that Major General Paona Brajabashi, one of the great warriors of Manipur, proved his velour against the superior force of the invading British Army in 1891. The hillock on the foot of which he laid down his life in defence of his motherland, is reminiscent of the past heroic deeds of Manipuri warriors. A war memorial on the top of this scenic hill feature, adds charm to this heroic site. Khongjom day is celebrated as a State Holiday on every year on April 23.

8 km. from Imphal on the Indo-Burma Road lies this small hill feature with the relics of an old historic palace, well-planned temples and ceremonial houses amidst pine and jackfruit trees planted symmetrically. Overlooking the Manipur University, Canchipur, it offers a pleasant view of the surroundings.

  Loktak Lake and Sendra Island
48 kms from Imphal, Loktak Lake the largest freshwater lake, in the Eastern region of India, resembles a miniature inland sea. From the tourist bungalow set atop Sendra Island, visitors get a bird's-eye view of life on the lake - small islands of floating weed, shimmering blue waters, labyrinthine boat routes, fascinating water plants, the fisherman and their families who live in neat huts on its shores and who make full use of their watery environment. They cast their nets on it, rear fish farms in it using nets as floating walls, harvest it for the water chestnut known as Heikak, and even build their houses on the islands of floating weed that dart around the lake. The Sendra Tourist Home with an attached cafeteria, at the centre of the lake, is an ideal tourist spot. Boating and other water sports are being introduced here.There are buses and cycle rickshaws to cover the last 3 km. to Sendra. The Tourist Home charges Rs. 10 per bed.

  Manipur State Museum
This interesting museum near the Polo ground has a fairy good display of Manipur's tribal heritage and a collection of portraits of Manipur's former rulers. Particularly interesting items are costumes, arms and weapons, relics and historical documents. Opens at 10 am through 4.30 pm, sunday & holiday closed.

  Manipur Zoological Garden
About 6 km off Imphal towards the west, is this Zoological garden at Iroishemba on the Imphal Kangchup Road. Graceful brow-antlered Deer, one of the rarest species in the world , can be seen here in sylvan surroundings. A trip to this garden, at the foot of the pine -growing hillocks in the westernmost corner of Lamphelpat, is really enjoyable.

This town is one of the main seats of early Manipuri folk culture with the ancient temple of pre-Hindu diety Lord Thangjing, situated here. In the month of May, men and women, dressed in colorful traditional costumes sing and dance in honour of the Lord at Moirang,  LAI HARAOBA which is a ritual dance festival held every year. It was from the village of Moirang, too, that the graceful Khamba-Thoibi dance originated, traditionally celebrated in May. The town also has a special place in the history of the Indian Freedom Struggle. It was in Moirang that the flag of the Indian national Army was first unfurled on April 12, 1944. The INA Museum containing letters, photographs, badges of ranks and other memorabillia reminds the visitor of the noble sacrifices made by the INA under the charismatic leadership of NETAJI SUBHASH CHANDRA BOSE.

110 km. from Imphal. This border town is located on the Indo-Burma Road. A commercial town attracting a large number of people from neighbouring places. It is only 5 km. from Tamu town, its Burmese counterpart. Tamu depicts a total change in the attire and eating habits of the people and in the architecture of its buildings. >

  New Churanchandpur
59 km from Imphal District headquarters of Manipur South, New Churanchanpur is mainly inhabited by the Kuki  and Paite tribes. An ideal place for sightseeing and holidaying, it is also an advanced tribal town where local handicrafts are available in the market.

40 kms south of Imphal lies this charming resort, on the western fringes of the Loktak Lake, to the south of Imphal. It joins the mainland by a low causeway.

  Sekta- Archeological Living Museum
Sekta Mound locally known as the "SEKTA KEI" is a protected Archaeological Site. The site is located at Sekta village, about 16 km. from Imphal on the Imphal-Ukhrul Road. It is a site where practice of secondary burial was discovered. The site was jointly excavated by the Archaeological Survey of India and the State Archaeology, Manipur and is preserved as a Living Museum.

  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 structure, at Bir Tikendrajit Park in the heart of capital Imphal.

  Shri Govindajee Temple
This temple, adjoining the palace of the former rulers of the Manipur, is a historic center for Vaishnavites. It is a simple and beautiful structure with gods domes, paved court and a large raised congregation hall.

The presiding deity  in the center is flanked by shrines of Balaram and Krishna on one side, and Jagannath on the other. Priests come down the steps to accept offering from devotees standing on the paved court.

At an altitude of 921 m., 16 km. from Imphal to the west is a hill resort on the hills overlooking Manipur Valley. The scenery is picturesque. It is also a mountain pass on the road to Tamenglong. There is an inspection Bungalow here. There is a nice artificial lake called Singda Dam. It is now a multipurpose project.

It is 156 km from Imphal and is the District Headquarters of the Tamenglong District. This region is known for  its exotic orchids. The Tharon Cave, Booning Meadow, Zeliad Lake ,Barak Waterfalls are some of the place of the tourist interest.

83 kms to the east of Imphal, this district headquarters of Manipur East, is the highest hill station of Manipur. A centre of the colourful warrior tribe Tangkhul Nagas, it is well developed, and renowned for a peculiar type of lily - the Siroi, grown on the Siroi Hills. Siroi Hills and KhangKhui Lime Caves are interesting places for excursions.

  Waithou Lake
Situated on the Indo-Myanmar Road, this idyllic spot is famous for its pineapple slopes. There is also a tourist lodge, at the fringe of the lake.

  War Cemeteries
The British and Indian Army Cemeteries commemorating those who died in the second world war are serene and well-maintained with little stone markers and bronze plaques recording their anguish and sacrifice. These grave are maintained by the Commonwealth War Grave Commission.

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