Manipur

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Introduction

Manipur, a state better known as ‘The Land of Jewels’ and ‘Paradise on Earth’, is located in the north eastern part of India. It has also been described as ‘The Switzerland of India’ by Lord Irwin. It boasts of thick forests, exotic landscapes, blue lakes, valleys in emerald green and undulating hills. It is enveloped in sheer tranquility. It makes an ideal getaway in the northern part of India. While showering beauty, Mother Nature has been very generous to Manipur.

Aspects of various Indian cultures have been accepted in this state and then transmitted to China, Burma and other East Asian regions. As per legends, the Manipur valley emerged when Lord Shiva found it surrounded by beautiful valleys and mountains so that he and Goddess Parvati could dance the Ras on it.

The British ruled it in 1891 and it was established as a democratic government in 1947 with the executive head being a Maharaja. On 21st January 1972 it became a full-fledged state. The six districts it contains are Churachandpur, Imphal, Chandel, Ukhrul, Senapati and Tamenlong. The capital of Manipur is Imphal.

 

Best Time To Visit

Manipur enjoys a sub tropical monsoon climate. It is winter time during December to February and hot and humid from March to May. The monsoons begin in May and end in September. October to March is the best time to visit Manipur when the weather is sunny and pleasant.

 

How To Reach

By Road

All important cities of India are well connected to Manipur by the extensive state and national highway road network. Buses are scheduled regularly by the Manipur State Transport Corporation to the other parts of India. Private vehicles, auto rickshaws, unmetered taxis, local buses and cycle rickshaws are also available in Imphal.

By Rail

There is no railway network in Manipur. Dimapur, Guwahati and Silchar are the nearest railway stations. Important train services from these railway stations are available to the rest of India.

By Air

There is an airport at Imphal, the capital of Manipur. A number of domestic airlines operate flights to and from the capital Imphal on a regular basis.

 

Availability Of Hotels And Restaurants

Manipur is not a very big state and accordingly many of the hotels and accommodation facilities are concentrated in Imphal the capital. Thangal Bazar is a bustling area where many popular hotels can be found. State guest houses are also available for those on a limited budget. The finest of hotels also available in Manipur with locations in spacious environment, lush green gardens and with all the facilities and modern amenities every visiting tourist would look for. Efficient and prompt services are provided at the hotels be it the budget hotels, luxury hotels, classic hotels, deluxe and semi deluxe hotels, five star, four star and three star hotels. Apartments, bed and breakfast arrangements and condos are also available in Manipur.

Most of the Manipur hotels have wi-fi internet connectivity, business centre, spacious car park, 24 hour room service, laundry service, doctor on call, travel desk, 24 hour power back, transport facility to airport and back, safety lockers, air conditioned banquet and conference facilities etc. Both the government run and private run hotels can be found at convenient locations in the heart of the city for businessmen and leisure travelers. At the restaurants, multi cuisine ranging from international food, Indian food and local dishes are offered.

 

Best Places, Locations, Monuments Etc

A lot of interesting things can be done at Manipur, a lush green Indian state. Sightseeing tours can be easily accessed in Manipur to visit the Khwairamband Market, the well maintained British War Cemetery and the Manipur State Museum. Khongjom town is popular for its historical importance and the Andro village for its cultural and heritage importance. The ancient village Andro also has a cultural complex where exclusive pottery from the northeast Indian region is displayed. Also on display at the ‘Doll House’ are the dolls of the twenty nine tribes recognized in Manipur.

Tourists will find the architecture and ambience Shree Govindjee, a prominent Manipur temple really pleasing. It is best to visit the temple in the morning for the traditional worship or pooja. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has very beautifully maintained the British War Cemetery in Manipur. This is in commemoration of the lives of young Indian and British soldiers mainly in the 18-21 year age group, who lost lives during the Burma War.

Near Imphal is located Langthabal a beautiful town. Some of the best sightseeing destinations include the Loktak Lake, Khongkhampat Orchidarium, the Keibul Lemjao National Park, besides the Manipur Zoological Garden. Household items and eye catching fabrics can be purchased at the Khwairamband market by shopaholics.

At the Paona Bazaar and from the GM Hall some of the most exclusive handicrafts and mementoes can be purchased at fixed prices. Durga Puja is one of the major festivals, celebrated in Manipur besides the Rath Yatra, Dol Yatra and Lai-Haraoba. Trekking, camping, boating are the other adventure activities tourists can enjoy.

The Imphal Polo Ground in Manipur is believed to have given birth to the Polo sport. Another great place to visit is the popular Manipur State Museum which focuses mainly on archaeological, geological and ethnological exhibits. The weapons, costumes and jewelry displayed at the museum are indeed of special interest.

Ceremonial houses, temples that are well planned and relics of the past can be seen at a small hill town, called Langthabal. The temple is located beautifully amidst jackfruit and pine trees that have been planted in a symmetrical shape. On the fringes of a popular lake called the Loktak Lake, is the Keibul Lamjao National Park. Here tourists can find the water fowl and other migratory birds and ‘Sangai’ the brow-antlered deer that dwells in the marshlands.

The Khongkhampat Orchidarium is situated 12 km at the north of Imphal, on the National Highway No. 39. Here tourists can enjoy the sight of beautiful orchids in hundreds of varieties which bloom during the months of April and May.