The “jewelled land” of Manipur, guarded by the blue hills, green valleys, deep gorges, on its sides, is especially inhabited by the Meiteis, Pangals, Nagas, Kukis, Zomis, and Gorkhalis. The state shares its border with Nagaland in the north, Burma in the east, Assam in the west and Mizoram in the South. The total area Manipur covers is 22327 sqkm, and lies at 23083’ N- 24068’ N latitude and 93078’ E- 94078’ E. The four major rivers that flow through the state are the Barak River, Manipuri River, Yu River, and the Lanye River. The capital of Manipur is the beautiful town of Imphal.
Manipur is enriched with art and culture and is a happy, colourful state of North-eastern India. Manipuri people are friendly and charming and it is tough to find a single Manipuri girl who can’t dance or sing. The rich culture and tradition of Manipur finds expression in their handlooms, and handicrafts, also. As the state is inhabited by different tribes, and each tribe has its own traditions and customs, so when they come together, they display a bouquet of their art and culture, all together.
Polo in its modern form is said to have originated in Manipur, and Manipuri martial arts and dances, including the Jagoi form of dance, are known throughout India. Manipur was formerly a princely state and its capital is at Imphal, 145 km from Kohima in Nagaland and 215 km from the nearest railhead at Dimapur. From here roads connect to outlying villages in Manipur.
Manipur maintains a moderate humid climate all through out with pleasant summers and mild winters, though snowfall occurs in extreme winters, mostly in the months of December and January, in the higher altitudes. All together, the weather is much responsible for the blooming of beautiful and colorful orchids, thus making the city even more beautiful.
The state of Manipur is best accessible through the Imphal Airport, situated in its capital city, Imphal, which is at the centre of the state.
NH 39 connects Imphal to the capital town of Assam, Guwahati, which is 471kms and is a journey of about 8hours and 30minutes.
The nearest rail head to Manipur is Dimapur, Nagaland, as Manipur does not have a railway system of its own. Dimapur railway station is at a distance of 210kms, which takes almost 3hours and 50minutes.
Manipur is also known as the “Switzerland of India”, attracting a huge volume of tourist every year as the state is enriched with numerous scenic beauties within its boundary.
Starting from the Indigenous and royal game of Polo, Manipur is abundant with tourist spots like:
Ukhrul- Land of colourful Tangkhuls
Famous for the indigenous Shirui Lily, Ukhrul is the “land of colorful Tangkhuls”, with famous spots like the Khangkhui Cave, Shirui Khashyang Peak, Khachauphung Lake, ango ching, and many more. A perfect place for those who want to spend some quality time in the lap of nature as Ukhrul is dominated by silent valleys with tribal villages and their unique cultures.
Loktak- The floating island
The only fresh water lake in the world that harbours a whole national park, namely, Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is the only floating national park of the world, that shelter the most beautiful and rarest deer “shangai”, ’brow-antlered beer’. The island that resides just in the centre of the Loktak Lake, Sendra Island is a small hillock, makes a spectacular view of the place and its surroundings.
Imphal- Capital town of Manipur
Imphal keeps up the cultural heritage as well as balances it with the cosmopolitan world, with the historical Kangla Fort, the most important religious places of the town, Shree Govindajee Temple, Jama Masjid, etc, the Imphal war Cemetery to commemorate the sacrifices of our brave soldiers during Worl War II, and the very unique, Women’s Market, that is completely run by women.
Gambhir Singh Shopping complex
Equipped with all the modern technologies, the mall is updated with all modern accessories and gadgets, a cosmopolitan centre for all.
Manipur state Museum
Displays the portrait of the great rulers of the history of Manipur; the Manipur State Museum also exhibits the cultural heritage of the different tribes of Manipur and their ethnicity.
The Royal Polo Ground
Right at the heart of the capital town, Imphal, the Polo ground is a symbol of royalty of the history of Manipur. The game of Polo originated first from this place, and thus the Polo ground stands as a symbol of pride.
Manipur Zoological Garden
One must not rule out the Manipur Zoological Garden, that is juzt 6kms from Imphal, in order to spot the rarest species of the most beautiful deer, 'brow-antlered deer', the "shangai", and shoot it with your camera.