Manipuri, Hindi, English, Burmese, Tibeto
time to visit
September to March
Summer months are hot and winter is comfortable.
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
Indian Airlines connect Imphal, the capital of Manipur, with major cities
like New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Silchar.
Dimapur, 215 km from Imphal, is the closest railstation.
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
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.
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
.: 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
.: 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.