The historic city of Imphal, which is the capital of Manipur, entices tourists with myriads of attractions. The ruins of ancient dynasty, museums, and places of religious importance- you get to see plenty of places in and around Imphal. Its scenic beauty can be a treat for your eyes and mind. The city also has numerous options for the tourists who love shopping.
What to buy in Imphal?
In various markets of Imphal you can buy local handicrafts, garments, homemade spices and a lot more as souvenirs. The Kauna reed based mats- a regional craft are also sold like hot cakes. Manipuri artisans are also expert in making diverse types of stone and wood based crafts. In some markets of Imphal you can bargain though the language could prove to be a barrier.
Top shopping areas in Imphal
- Nagamapal Market
Nagamapal market is a busy shopping area in Imphal. In the shops of this market you can find items like colorful attires, footwear and accessories for both genders. However, a lot of tourists prefer gorging on yummy Manipuri dishes like kangsoi kobok, poora haah and koat pitha sold by various stalls in this market.
- Paona Bazaar
This is another important and popular market in Imphal, located in the busy Masjid road. While the variety of items sold in this market will enthrall tourists, there is no scope for bargain hunters! The items sold in this market have fixed price. However, you should visit the Handicrafts Development Corporation Sales Emporium in this zone. The majority of tourists buy items like Lanshingphee blanket, colorful mats, silk saris, tangkhul scarf and bamboo artifacts here.
- Tera Bazaar
To pick up suitable souvenirs for friends and family members, the Tera Bazaar in greater Imphal area can be your ideal destination. You can buy some reasonably priced items here. The Manipuri handloom products are what a majority of tourists opt for. The localites throng the market on weekends and holidays.
Other shopping zones
There are some other shopping areas in Imphal that you can explore as well. The iconic GM Hall is one prominent shopping destination. This is also a place where you cannot bargain for items. You may also explore the Gambir Singh Shopping Complex and Tribal Market Complex in Imphal.