Hemmed in by beautiful hills, Manipur is one of the seven states of Northeast India. It shares its borders with Nagaland in the north, Mizoram in the south and Assam in the west and the country of Myanmar in the east.? Its rich cultural heritage and abundant natural beauty make it a famous attraction of Northeast India. Art, dance, music, theater and martial arts are intricately wove into the cultural fabric of this land which can be seen in its fairs and festivals. No celebration in Manipur is complete without music or dance. Manipuri is a classical dance form of India which originated in this state and today is appreciated internationally.
Travel to Manipur and enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of its majestic mountains, picturesque valleys and colorful celebrations. Imphal is the capital city of this state which was once the capital of King Pakhangba. Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru affectionately dubbed Manipur as the 'Jewel of India'.
Language spoken: Manipuri
Some of the famous Attractions of Manipur are:
Shree Govindajee Temple
Located adjacent to the palaces of the erstwhile rulers of the then kingdom, it is a famous temple here. Dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha, the temple is located in Imphal and was built in the 18th century. Located near the temple is the palace with historic significance. During celebration of Holi, youngsters give dance performance inside the temple complex.
Located near Imphal city, this lake is the largest freshwater lakes in East India. It is a home to a variety of flora and fauna. Considering its socio-economic importance, the lake was given the title 'the wetland of international importance' by the Ramsar Convention in the year 1990. Peppered with floating Phundies, the lake is also called the 'Floating lake'.
Keibul Lamjao National Park
Located near the Loktak lake, this Park is the place where you can see the endangered Manipur brow-antlered deer(Cervus eldi eldi) and python(Python molurus molu). A variety of other wildlife species are also found here such as hog deer, boar, wild cats, and panthers. During the winter season some migratory birds can also be witnessed in this park.
Manipur State Museum
It is a treasure trove displaying a variety of art and crafts of Manipur. It is one of the finest museums of Northeast India which was established in the year 1969. Giving an insight in to the glorious history of Manipur, the artifacts inside the museum are wonderful. There are several galleries inside the museum and each gallery is dedicated to a particular theme. Some of the artifacts displayed inside the museum are Manipuri costumes, war implements, historical documents and relics, sculptures of the local forest deities, the motif of the Phakangba(the man who could turn himself into a dragon) and portraits of the erstwhile rulers.
It is the place with the graves of the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country in the World War II. The graves have stone markers and bronze plaques with the names of the soldiers.
Located at a distance of 45 km from Imphal, Moirang is a religious center with a temple dedicated to the pre-Hindu deity Thangjing. In the month of May a grand festival is celebrated here with great enthusiasm. This place also has a museum and memorial.
Drawing many a tourist, Red Hill is a hillock of historic importance. It witnessed and braved a fierce battle which was fought between the British and the Japanese army during World War II. There is a monument on this hillock built in honor of Japanese Martyrs who were killed in the war.
Manipur Zoological Garden
Located 6 km from Imphal, this Garden is famous for being a home to Sangai, the brown-antlered deer which is a rare wildlife species.
Tourists can relish a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes in Manipur. Kabok a dish consisting of fried rice and vegetables is the specialty of this state. Other culinary delights you can try out are RathJatra dishes, Shree Govindajee dishes, Cheiraoba dishes and Chakkouba special.
Manipur is very famous for its cane and bamboo products. Colorful pots and tribal shawls are the other famous handicrafts available here.
Best time to visit
From October to February.
A variety of hotels are available in Manipur. The best hotels are located in the capital city Imphal.
How To Reach
By Air: Imphal Tulihal Airport located about 8km from the heart of Manipur is the nearest airport which directly connects to the major cities of India namely Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and major cities of North Eastern States.
By Rail: Dimapur is the nearest railway station.
By Road: Manipur is well connected with Dimapur by road which in turn connects it to other main cities.
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