Manipur

Capital
Imphal
Population
2.39 million
Area
22,327 km²
Languages
Manipuri, Hindi, English, Burmese, Tibeto

Best time to visit
September to March
Climate (°C)
Summer months are hot and winter is comfortable.

About

The word Manipur literally means a 'jeweled town', a name that suits the small and picturesque land. The people here are very polite and hospitable. Rich in culture, tradition and ethnicity. Manipur is one of the 7 northeastern states of India. It is also a state well known for its natural beauty.

How to get here

Air
Indian Airlines connect Imphal, the capital of Manipur, with major cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Silchar.

Rail
Dimapur, 215 km from Imphal, is the closest railstation.

Bus
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.

Places to visit

Imphal - Loktak Lake - Shree Govindajee Tempel - Kaina - Khwairamand Bazaar - Manipur Zoological Garden - Khonghampat Orchidarium - Keibul Lamjao National Park

.: Imphal
Manipur's capital city has blended perfectly into its beautiful natural environment. This pretty townp is the heart of the official, commercial and cultural activity of Manipur.

.: Loktak Lake
Ancient lake that plays an important role in the economy of the Manipur State. Without the lake, the valley would be a victimto high floods during monsoon and drought during dry season. It is a source of water for hydropower generation, irrigation and drinking water supply. The livelihood of the surrounding population is dependent upon the fish of the lake. In the southeastern region of this lake lies Keibul Lamjao National Park.

The word Manipur means a 'jeweled town'

.: Shree Govindajee Tempel
Imphal's historic Vaishnavite centre Shree Govindajee Temple is located close to the Royal Palace. This interesting structure with its twin domes has a paved courtyard and a great assembly hall where devotees congregate to participate in various devotional activities. On either side of the presiding deity are the shrines of Krishna and Balaram and Jagannath .The Ras Leela dance performances held here are exceptional.

.: Kaina
Close to Vaithou Lake, on the Indo-Burma Road, a village famous for pineapples. On the lofty heights of the hill at Kaina lies a legendary temple.

.: Khwairamand Bazaar
Imphal's Khwairamband Bazar is quite an unusual market. Almost 3000 Imas (mothers), man the stalls in this unique bazaar. Stalls are lined on either side of the road. On one side the stalls hawk anything from farm produce to fresh fish and a great selection of groceries. Opposite these are a row of stalls selling beautiful handlooms and household tools.

.: Manipur Zoological Garden
Go to see the rare but incredibly graceful sangai brow antlered deer at the Manipur Zoological Gardens.

.: Khonghampat Orchidarium
Manipur has at least 500 different varieties of orchids. The Central Khonghampat Orchidarium just 7 km away from Imphal offers visitors an excellent opportunity to see at least 110 of species, which are showcased here.

.: Keibul Lamjao National Park
Keibul Lamjao is famous not just because of the brow antlered deer; its other claim to fame is the fact that this is one of the very few floating protected areas in the world. This are was made into a sanctuary in 1969 and officially became a national park in 1977. It stretches over an area of 40 sq km, surrounded by marshes, hillocks and the lake itself.



 
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