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Imphal

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Imphal, a mini-metropolis, the capital  of this beautiful land of blue-green hills, cascading rapids, carpets of flowers and winding rivers beckons the tourist. It is connected by road with Guwahati ( Assam )  through  National Highway No. 39 and Silchar ( Assam ) through National Highway No.53.

Here the Govindajee Temple is a prominent Vaishnavite centre. The simple aesthetic structure has two golden domes and a large raised hall where ceremonial dances are performed on special occasions. The shrine of Vishnu is flanked by shrines of Krishna & Bal Ram on one side and Jagannath on the other. In the heart of the city are two memorials, the towering shaheed Minar in Tikendrajit Pak that commemorates the martyrs who died fighting British Colonialism and the War Cemetery , That revives the memories of those British and Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during the Second world war, which came  to the doorstep  of Imphal. 

The heritage of Manipur can be viewed in the state Museum, located near the polo ground. It is a store-house of Manipur’s past. On display are works of art, archaeology, natursl history, textiles besides a portrait collection of former rulers of Manipur and armoury of the Royal army. If you feel like shopping, visit the unique Khwairamband Bazar. All the stall holders are  women-almost 3000 Imas or mothers. It is split into two sections on either side of the road.

6 km. away, on Imphal Kangchup road is the Zoological garden at Iroishemba. It takes pride in sheltering one of the rarest species of the world-the brow antlered deer. Also near Imphal, 12 kms. away, is the Khonghampat Orchidarium where visitors can view 120 species of orchids besides come of the rarest orchids in the world.

Surrounded by the New Manipur University Complex and amidst pine and jack fruit tress, about 8 kms. from Imphal lies Langthabal- the relics of an old historic palace, well planned temples and ceremonial houses.

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27 kms. away is Bishnupur famous for its conical roofed temple, dedicated to Lord Bishnu. Built in 1467, during the reign of King Kiyamba, it is interesting for its antiquity and Chinese style design. It is also known for its stone production.

45 kms. away is Moirang. The town is one of the main seats of early Manipuri folk culture with the ancient temple of the pre Hindu deity Lord Thangjijg, situated here. In the month of May, men and women, dressed in colourful traditional costumes sing and dance in honour of the Lord at the Moirang Lai Haraoba which is a ritual dance festival held every year. This town has a special historic importance, as it was here that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army (INA) hoisted its flag for the first time on Indian soil. The collection of letters, photographs, articles, records and other memorabilia are on display at the INA Museum .

48 kms. away from Imphal is Loktak Lake and Sendra Island . This is a saucer shaped fresh water lake that attracts many species of birds. Part of it forms a rare ecosystem. This huge and beautiful stretch of water is like a miniature inland sea. From the Tourist Home, set atop Sendra Island , visitors can get a bird’s eye view of the lake and the life on it: the fishermen and their families who live in neat huts on its shores. They cast their nets on the lake, 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 island of floating weed that drift around the lake. On the western fringes of the Loktak Lake , 40 kms. south of Imphal, lies the charming resort of Phubala. It joins the mainland by a low causeway.

The island of Loktak are unique: they ‘float’ comprising of marsh & grass and root of solid earth. Situated on the fringes of the Loktak Lake is the Keibul Lamjao National Park . Habitat of the endangered dancing deer, the brow antlered deer of Manipur, it is the only floating National Park in the world.

In the midst of Siroi hills and near the Khangkhui Lime Caves is Ukhrul. This district headquartes of Manipur east, 83 kms. away is the highest hill station of the state. A centre of the colourful warrior tribe Tangkhul Bagas, it is well developed and famous for a peculiar type of landlily, the Siroi, grown on the Siroi Hills. Siroi Hills and Kangkhui Lime Caves are interesting places for excursions. Ukhrul bears a gay and festive look during Christmas time.

The best time to visit :-  The best time to visit is between October to March

How To Get There Imphal is located in Manipur
By Air  
The nearest Airport is Imphal & there is direct link to Delhi & kolkata
By Train 
The nearest train link is at Dimapur in Nagaland  215 km 
By Road 
Imphal is connected to all the important town North east.

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