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 (
National Highway No. 39 and Silchar (
) through National Highway No.53.
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
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
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
48 kms. away from Imphal is
. 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
, 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
, 40 kms. south of Imphal, lies the charming resort of Phubala. It joins the
mainland by a low causeway.
are unique: they ‘float’ comprising of marsh & grass and root of solid
earth. Situated on the fringes of the
. 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
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
it is well developed and famous for a peculiar type of
landlily, the Siroi, grown
on the Siroi Hills. Siroi Hills and
are interesting places for excursions. Ukhrul bears a gay and festive look during
The best time to visit :- The best
time to visit is between October
||The nearest Airport is Imphal &
there is direct link to Delhi & kolkata
||The nearest train link is at Dimapur in
Nagaland 215 km
||Imphal is connected to all the important
town North east.