“MANIPUR – Jewel of India” is a bustling holiday destination in northeast India. IMPHAL is the capital of the state and it is situated at an altitude of 790m above the sea level. The lush green state is one of the paradises for vacationers. The total area occupied by the state is 8,621 sq m. The state is also named as Kangleipak or Sanaleibak. There are so many things to do and things to see in the state. Travellers from every nook and corner of the world started visiting this hidden holiday location with full enthusiasm to explore and experience its unique features. Here is describing scenic districts of the state.
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The beautiful Imphal City is the heart of Manipur. The lovely district is further divided into IMPHAL – EAST and IMPHAL – WEST. Imphal is the busiest town. People from several hill regions arrived here for commercial purposes. Some of the major attractions are:
Ima Keithel – Women Market
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There are many community keithels (= bazaar) strewn all over the state. Examples are those located at Singjamei, Kongba, Lamlong, Tera Keithel (all in Imphal) and also in other towns of the state. But the biggest is in the called Khwairamband Keithel also called the Sana Keithel at the centre of Imphal. Inside the Sana Keithel (Sana = gold), the Ima Keithel (Ima = mother) stands tall as the biggest market in Manipur run exclusively by the indigenous Manipuri women. It is also generally accepted as the second largest of such kind in Asia.
The Kangla - Read More Here: >> Kangla Fort: A Gimpse into Royal Past of Manipur
The Kangla Fort stands as an instance of impressive heritage and royal past of Manipur. It was the residence of ancient Meitei dynasty. Kangla became the center of royal power and flourished as a hub for culture.
Shree Shree Govindaji Temple
Shree Govindajee Temple is the largest Hindu, Vaishnav temple in Imphal city in Manipur. It is located next to the palace of the former rulers of the then Manipur Kingdom
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Polo Ground - Read More Here: >> Polo Is Gift Of Manipur To The World
The Imphal Polo ground is the oldest Polo ground in the world, which is located in Manipur. The significance of the game to the Manipuri culture and the history of this ground can be found in the royal book, "Cheitharol Kumbaba" starting from AD 33.
The district is located at a drive of 66km from Imphal and occupied an area of 4,750 sq km. In terms of population, Churachandpur town is the fifth largest district. The destination is named after one of the most famous Kings of Manipur – Maharaja Churachand Singh. One of the most interesting venues for adventure lovers is Manipur Mountaineering Institute, Lamdan. Attractions located in the town are:
Tipaimukh Dam is a proposed embankment dam on the river Barak in Manipur state India, first commissioned in 1984. The purpose of the dam is flood control and hydroelectric power generation.
The hills of Manipur have a number of mysterious caves. Of which Tonglon caves is one. The caves have unveiled a lot of historical and cultural facts about the state.
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Khuga dam of Manipur is a massive multipurpose dam built on Khuga river. The dam is located on the Tuithaphai valley in Manipur’s Churachandpur district. The dam rises to a height of about 38meters and forms an important lifeline for Manipur.
The small tribal museums at Tuibuang and Thangzam Road in Churachandpur are worth visiting.
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The lovely district is 62 km far from the capital city and scattered over an area of 3,271 sq km. Its moderate type of climate attracts tourists from various locations. Lush green fields are the main attractions that lure the attention tourists. One of the best things you should not skip while travelling across the destination is visiting traditional houses of various communities like Mao, Maram, Kuki and Nepali. Some of the scenic locations in the district are:
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Erung village settled by Liangmei Tribe is situated at the foothills of Singda in Senapati District and also known as Puilong.
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In earlier days, Chandel district was known as Tengnoupal district. The district is 64 km away from Imphal. The total area covered by the hilly region is 3,313 sq km. The district is quite interesting and offers a mosaic fashion of art & culture. Moreh, which is a commercial town is the most famous town in the district. Some of the famous tourist sites are:
Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary - Read More Here: >> Yangoupopi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary
Yangoupopi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Chandel District along the Indo-Myanmar border and about 110 km from Imphal. This is one of the nine Important Bird Areas (IBA) identified in Manipur.
Hundred years old markets
The town serves a border between India and Myanmar has been since time immemorial, an important trade route. Upon arrival, once is greeted by the local bazaar and a few hundred meters away is the famous Indo-Myanmar Friendship gate. Cross the gate and you are on foreign soil – that of Myanmar’s.
Picturesque district is situated at a drive of 84 km from Imphal and spread over an area of 4,544 sq km. Its rich culture and heritage make the region famous all over the world. There are so many exciting and thrilling areas scattered in its lap. Visit and explore destinations located in the district.
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The Shirui lily it has been the State flower of Manipur since 1989, and legend has it that the Lily is the daughter of goddess Philava who resides and protects the hills of Shirui.
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Phangrei, a small village of Ukhrul District , 15 kms frm Siroy in Manipur.
The district is a hidden gem of the state. It is located at a distance of 156 km from Imphal. The location is home to varieties of fauna and flora. Hill slopes are covered with blank of lush green vegetation mesmerize the attention of tourists. Major attractions in the region are:
These caves is 655.6 meters. Excavations on the cave have revealed evidences of the hobinian culture of north vietnam and prove that it has been there for ages. The carvings on these caves make this site most fabulous tourists destination.
Mt Kisha of Tamenglong also known as Kachakhouis a picturesque point of Tamenglong. Located 1462 meters above sea level it offers an exotic view of the nature around and an amazing sedimentary rock structure.
There are seven waterfalls in series at close range along the river Barak.
This is most popular tourist’s hub in this district. The main attraction of this lake is its majestic height from sea level. The main attraction of the lake is a number of pythons, tortoises, fishes and water birds that inhabit here.
The location is scattered over an area of 496 sq km. The scenic destination is at a distance of 27 km from Imphal. Bishnupur district is regarded as one of the historical sites. Every nook and corner of the distict is encircled with incredible beauties of Mother Nature. Some of the interesting places are:
Sendra Island - Read More Here: >> Picnic Spots in and Around Imphal
The picturesque Sendra Island has become a popular picnic spot gradually. In the island, there is a resort and cafeteria. Watching the clean blue water, birds and floating marshes from the island’s Tourist Bungalow can be a spectacular experience for anyone. Boating facilities are also available.
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It is located in Manipur and comprises of the floating phumdis. The phumdis are heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil and organic matters at various stages of decompositions. Large part of the lake forms the Keibul Lamjao National Park which is home to the Manipuri brow-antlered deer (Sangai).
Keibul Lamjao National Park - Read More Here: >> Keibul Lamjao: The Unique Floating National Park of Manipur
Declared a national park in 1977, the wetland is spread over an area of 40 sq. km. It is 53 km away from state capital Imphal and located on southern side of Loktak Lake. The USP of this island is mats of thick aquatic grass which make it look like floating on water. There are there hills in it, namely Chingiao, Toya and Pabot. Surrounded by hillocks and marshes, the area is a prime instance of wetland ecosystem.
The Indian National Army (INA) War Museum in the INA Memorial Complex in Moirang is the only official museum dedicated to the Second World War in Manipur today. Its focus is primarily on the rise of the INA and on the role and activities of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in particular.
Phubala is an attractive resort located on a small island in the western side of the Loktak Lake.
The district is an interesting place worth to visit by every visitor in Manipur. The area covered by the district is 519 sq km. Majestic lakes and lovely hill ranges are hidden in its lap. Some of the tourist attractions in the district are:
Kakching is on the southeastern corner of Manipur in Thoubal District. Manipur is the 22 nd state in the easternmost part of India. The state has a population of about 2 million (20 lacs) at Kakching is on the southeastern corner of Manipur in Thoubal District.
Sugnu Lamhang village which falls under the Chakpikarong sub-division of Chandel district in Manipur. It is located about 12 km from the Subdivisional Headquarters and it is about 30 km from the district headquarters
Khongjom War Memorial
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Waithou Lake is one of the major lakes of Manipur which is about 16 km from the city of Imphal and is situated in the Thoubal district of Manipur. The Thoubal district is known for its many lakes and rivers with part of the famous Loktak Lake falling in the district.
Make sure to visit these picturesque districts of Manipur on your next vacation. These sites are ideal places to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
By: Oinam Kennedy Singh