is known all over the world for its classical dance forms - the Raas Leela,
the legend of Lord Krishna with Radha and Gopis, the Nupa Pala cymbal dance
and Khamba Toiba dance with mridanga or drums. The land of Manipur is an
amalgamation of ancient civilization and modern sensibilities. The state, a
melting pot of culture includes the tribes of Meitei, Naga and Pangal who
have lived for ages in harmony along with each other.
The land of the jewels dazzles with its natural beauty and splendour. It is
a part of the unique north east India , the paradise still unexplored. The
falls and the verdant fields of Manipur leading up to the Siroi trek during
the springs carpets the state with wild siroi lily.
Manipur, located at a height of 790ft above sea level has a favourable
climate. Maximum temperature in summers reaches to 32?C while in the winters
the minimum temperature sometimes touch 0?C. The best time to visit this
enchanting landscape is from October to February.
» Imphal -
The capital of Manipur is situated in a
heart shaped valley and is today a bustling mini metro polis. The city is
placed at an altitude of 790 m above sea level and is differentiated into
two valleys namely the Central valley and the Jiriban valley. The western
side of Imphal falls in the central valley and it is today the nodal
business center of the state of Manipur.
» Lord Sanamahi Temples -
Located in the Manipur
rifle ground, the temple was patronised by King Kulla Chandra in 1891. The
temple is built like an octagonal base with the facade caring a rectangular
door. The roof structure is built in a pyramidal Gothic Style. Lord Sanamahi
is worshiped in the temple and the rituals followed are similar to that of
» Shri Govindjee temple of New Palace -
temple of Manipur, it enshrines the royal deity of Shri Govindjee. Built by
King Churachand, there is a beautiful garden, a lake and a ground with trees
of unimaginable sizes in the near vicinity. The temple was constructed in a
palatial form raised on a high pedestal. The main deity of Govindjee with
his consort is placed in the central chamber. Jagannath, Subhadra and
Balarama in the northern chamber and Balarama and Krishna toward the
» Khonghampat Orchidarium -
The state of Manipur has
at the least 500 different varieties of orchids seen all over the different
places of the rich fauna region. The Central Khonghampat Orchidarium, placed
at a distance of 7 km far from the capital city Imphal, offers visitors an
excellent opportunity to see at least 110 of species at one particular
The blessings of Mother Nature is seen here in plenty. The
pristinely beautiful exotic orchids, the puzzling caves, the shimmering
waters flowing through the small rivulets and the deep gorges - all add
magic to the place.
Situated at a distance of 156 km from Imphal, Tamenglong holds the Tharon
Caves, Burning Meadows, Zailed Lake and Barak Water Falls as some of the
popular attractions and prime destinations.
» Ukhrul -
The place of Ukhrul bears the pride of
being the highest hill station of Manipur. The tribes of the Tangkhul Nagas
habituate this part which is simply covered by the land lilies giving out a
The place of Ukhrul is famous for the Khankui cave and the Hundung Mangva
cave along with the Dilily water falls. The Nillai tea Estate on the way to
Tolloi gives a vivid picturesque beauty to the landscape nearby.
» Moirang -
At a distance of 45 km is the town of
Moirang, one of the main seats of early Manipuri folk culture with the
ancient temple of the pre-Hindu deity Lord Thangjing in its territory.
The INA memorial at Moirang is the all important place where the Indian Tri
colour was hoisted by Subhas Chandra Bose during world war II. There is also
placed a museum in the honour of Netaji displaying his letters, badge of the
ranks of his army. These memorables remind the people of India of the
sacrifice the great man and his founded army made for the country under
¤ Keibul Lam Jao National Park -
The land of the
jewels, Manipur stands proud of the Keibul Lam Jao National Park. This
thirty four year old national park, situated on the fringe of Loktak lake
about 50km from Imphal, is home to the endangered Dancing deer, the
brow-antlered deer of Manipur. Other wild species include the hog deer, wild
goats, otters and civet cat. Declared a Sanctuary, the park has the
distinction of being the only floating National park in the whole world. The
islands here are covered with dense aquatic grass.
Handloom is the Cottage Industry of the state. Each household owes a loom
with the women folks busy in the creation of their native designs. Exotic
shawl, tangkhul scarf, lashingphee blanket, cushion cover, bed sheets or
ready made garment are made through the looms.
Manipur gives its visitors a unique charm of understanding the culture of
the land along with some exclusive hotels that provides their best
hospitality. Some of the well known hotels includes the Govt owned Hotel
Nirmala. The private ones are Hotel Excellency, Hotel Anand Continental,
Hotel Prince and the Hotel Deesh deluxe.
How to Reach
» By Air -
Major airlines connect Imphal, the
capital of Manipur with important cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati
» By Rail -
Dimapur, 215 km from Imphal, is the
nearest railway station.
» By Bus -
Manipur is well linked with the rest of
the country by both national and state highways. The state transport
corporation runs regular scheduled buses from Imphal to the other cities in
the north eastern region like Guwahati, Shillong etc.