Manipur is also known as ‘Switzerland of India’. Manipur lies in the deep corner of the northeast part of India. This beautiful land is surrounded by Nagaland in the north, Mizoram in the south and Assam in the west and shares a common international border with Burma in the east. Manipur is one of the seven northeastern states of India. The Raasleelas and the classical dance of Manipur hold a very significant position in the cultural map of India. With sites like the Loktak Lake and the Khonghampat Orchidarium, Manipur is also famous for its natural beauty. It has a low lying basin in its center surrounded by high-range mountains that sometimes reach up to a height of about 2000 meters.
Place To Visit:-
Khwairamband bazaar:- An excellent example of the matriarchal society of the state of Manipur is reflected in the Khwairamband Bazar. It is run by a total number of 3000 women who operate the business transactions of the market. Various local products are sold in the market by the local women who are referred to as the Imas, meaning mothers. It is also known as ‘Ema Keithel’. It is centrally located in the capital city of Imphal. From here you can pick up traditional Manipuri handlooms such as shawls, baskets, bags, clothes, household tools and many more. Tourists popularly buy cane and bamboo handicraft from here. The market remains open on all days from 7 A.M in the morning to 7 P.M in the evening. With 3000 women marketeers, the Khwairamband Bazar is reputed to be one of the largest women-oriented markets of the country. The bazaar is an immensely popular tourist attraction in Manipur.
Imphal:- It is the capital of Manipur. The district of East Imphal came into existence on the 18th of July in the year of 1997. It is surrounded by seven hill ranges, the capital city of Manipur is the hub for culture and commercial activity. It is located on the altitude of 785 m. It is small and beautiful picturesque city. The small center is sandwiched between the stately avenue of Kanglapat to the east and the somewhat the stagnant river Nambu to the west. The town’s Polo ground dominate most of the tourist attractions.
War cemetery:- The cemetery commemorates the British and Indian soldiers who died during the Second World War. It looks tranquil and is well maintained with stone markers and bronze plaques recording brief accounts of the soldiers.
Shri Govindajee Temple:- It is situated in Imphal. It has a simple structure with a large raised congregation hall and gold domes. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu, who is at the center of the temple and is surrounded by the shrines of Krishna and Balarama on one side and Jagannatha on the other.
Loktak island and Sendra island:- One of the most enchanting and biggest freshwater lakes in the North East is Manipur’s Loktak Lake, just 45 km from Imphal. The Sendra Island Tourist Bungalow offers dazzling views of the lake, its rich plant and avian life and the intriguing floating weed, shallow bowl-like islands (Phumdi) and the fishermen who live on them harvesting water chestnuts. It is situated in the middle of the lake, the tourist home has a café and makes an ideal look-out. Also on the southern part of the lake is the world’s only floating National Park, the Keibul Lamjao National Park, the unique habitat of the rare sangai, the brow antlered deer or the ‘dancing deer’. The entire lake complex is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream.
Keibul Lamjao National Park:- Kelbul Lamjao National Park is situated 53km from Imphal on the fringes of Loktak Lake.
The unique characteristic of this park is that it floats on water and the only floating National Park in the World, on the Loktak Lake is the last natural habitat of “Sangai” – the dancing deer of Manipur.
Manipur Zoological Garden:- It is opened on the 2nd of October in 1976, it is one of the best places for the nature lovers. It is located at Iroishemba on the Imphal Kangchup Road, which is about 6 km from Imphal. The zoo is one of the major Imphal Attractions. Manipur Zoological Garden in Imphal protects some of the rare species of plants and animals.
Morey (Indo-Myanmar border):- Experience a little bit of Myanmar here in this place. Approx. 110 kilometers from Imphal, this border town is located on the lands of Tamu. It is an important commercial hub in Northeast. Enjoy the advantages of rupee at the Myanmar Shopping Complex. Here you get a cheap bargain on an assortment of Thai, Chinese and Burmese electronic gadgets, clothes, carpets and home decor range.
Best Time To Visit:-
The climate of Manipur varies from the tropical to sub-alpine types. The summer months here are moderately hot and the winters comfortable. November to April.
How To Reach:-
By air – The capital of Manipur, Imphal, is well connected with the rest of the country by air. Imphal connects the place with Guwahati, Delhi, and Calcutta.
By rail- As Manipur has no railway network, the nearest railhead to reach Manipur is Silchar in Assam.
By road- Manipur is well linked with the rest of the country by both national and state highways. The state transport corporation plies regular scheduled buses from Imphal to the other cities in the region.