The gateway to north east India is Manipur (land of jewels). The smoky blue mountains, lush green forests make it a fascinating destination for tourists. Legends say that the god took the delight of discovering Manipur by dancing. It gives Manipur a unique identity. The evergreen scenic beauty, the rich cultures attract the tourists to visit this place. The divine dance form of Manipur is one of the reasons why it is so attracting to the travellers. This tiny state of Manipur is the land of myths and mystery and serenity of this place is overwhelming.
Reasons why you should keep Manipur in your list:
This serene destination summons tourists with it’s breathtaking beauty, serene lakes, silent hills, refreshing waterfalls, beautiful orchids and a rich history. As the tourism in Manipur is growing day by day, the Manipur government is improving the the facilities and infrastructure of Manipur. Manipur Tourism is also planning to promote Loktak Tourist/Wildlife Circuit and Ethnic/Adventure Circuit. These travel circuits are going to draw tourists towards the unique Loktak lake and offer a mix of ethnic tourism and adventure sports in the hilly districts of Ukhrul, Senapati and Tamenglong inhabited by various Naga tribes. Manipur tourism can also provide you with information like places to visit, accomodation booking servic, places to eat and events and also a wide range of local maps and Manipur Tourism Guide books.
Places to see in Manipur:
Loktak lake and sendra island
Loktak lake is the largest freshwater lake in North India well known for it’s floating vegetation called ‘phumdi’. 48 km. from Imphal, A huge and beautiful stretch of water, this lake is like a miniature inland sea. From the Tourist Bungalow, set atop Sendra Island, visitors can get a bird’s eye view of the lake and the life on it, the fisherman and their families who live in neat huts on its shores and who make full use of their watery environment.
29 kilometres away from Imphal. A beautiful hillock, about 921 meters above sea level, Kaina is a sacred place of Hindus. According to legend, Shri Govindajee appeared to His devotee Bheigyachandra, Maharaja of Manipur, in a dream and asked him to build a temple enshrined with His image carved out of a jackfruit tree which was then growing at Kaina. Beautiful hill shrubs and charming natural surroundings give the place a saintly solemnity.
Shree Shree Govindajee Temple
This temple is adjacent to the palace of the former rulers of Manipur. It is a historic centre for Vaisnavites. It is a simple and beautiful structure with gold domes, a paved courtyard and a large, raised assembly hall. The presiding deity in the centre is bordered by idols of Radha Govinda, Balaram and Krishna on one side and Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra on the other.
Manipur Zoological Garden
About 6 kilometres away from Imphal in the Zoological Garden at Iroishemba on the Imphal Kangchup Road. Graceful brow-antlered deer, “Sangai” one of the rarest species in the world, can be seen here in sylvan surroundings. A trip to this garden, at the foot of the pine-growing hillocks in the westernmost corner of Lamphelpat is really enjoyable.
The Orchid Yard of the Forest Department, on National Highway No 39, about 7 km. from Imphal is another place of interest. More than 110 varieties of Orchids, including several rare species, are grown here. Peak season is April-May.
Apart from these places, don’t miss a visit to the war cemeteries, Langthabal (old historical place), Moirang (an ancient and ethnic village), Moreh (on Indo-Burma road, different architecture), Singda, Phulbala, Khongjom (historically important), Sahid Minar, Andro (another ancient villege), Keibul Lamjao National Park, Sekta (archaeological living museum), Manipur State Museum (open from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm. Sunday and holidays closed) and Khwairamband bazaar where you can get colourful handloom shawls, phaneks, khudeis, bedsheets etc. The most interesting thing about this market is its run by women. Not far from here, is a street where beautiful cane baskets and furniture are sold. Other smaller markets are Singjamei, Kongba, Lamlong, Kwakeithel, Heirangkhoithong, Terakeithel, Naoremthong etc.
Best Time To Visit Manipur:
The ideal time to visit Manipur is during the months of October to May when the weather is pleasant and sunny.
How To Reach Manipur:
By Air: Imphal, the capital of Manipur has an airport, which serves various domestic airlines.
By Rail: Manipur has no railway network. The nearest railway stations to Manipur are at Guwahati, Silchar and Dimapur that are connected by important trains to and from the rest of the country.
By Road: Manipur is well connected with all-important cities of the country by an extensive network of National and State Highways. Manipur State Transport Corporation operates regular scheduled buses from Imphal to the other cities in the region.
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Sreenyanika Das aka Sree is doing her studies in Journalism and Mass communication. Travelling is her passion and she loves to write about it. She wants to be an adventurer/traveller. For fun she sketches cartoons and takes photographs too.