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All you need to know before planning a trip to Manipur, India

By Shrinivas - June 30, 2020
Manipur in India

Manipur is a northeastern Indian state, with Imphal as its capital. This is bounded to the north by the Nagaland Indian states; to the south by Mizoram and Myanmar; to the west by Assam; and to the east by Myanmar.

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Overview

India’s jewel area, Manipur in the country’s northeastern region, is classified among India’s most beautiful locations where Mother Nature has been especially generous with her bounty. First hit and least included, Manipur aims to be a perfect tourist discovery as the state with its wild scenery, undulating hills, lush valleys, blue lakes and thick woods provides unlimited fun and pleasure. The only floating National Park in the country is the Keibul Lamjao National Park in Manipur. Manipur is known throughout the country for its Rasleelas and Manipuri which is the state’s classical dance.

Mao, Manipur
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Manipur is beautiful, calm and serene with its simplicity. It is richly endowed with the natural beauty of waterfalls, lakes, streams, evergreen forests surrounded by nine sub-Himalayan landscapes that attract tourists from all over the world. Combined with the nice environment, the greenery renders it appealing for visitors. Several of the main tourist destinations in the state are Loktak River, Sendra Island, INA Memorial, Keibul Lamjao National Park. Shopping in Manipur is all about local crafts, handicrafts and jewels, all available in the Khwairamband Bazar, Tribal Emporium and Sangai Handloom and Handloom House apart from the vibrant little shops in the various cities.

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Top 5 places to visit in Manipur

Imphal

Imphal has an intact aura concerning its natural wonders, nature and ecosystems as well as a long history that leaves evidence of the city’s existence. Imphal’s lusty green forests, scenic scenery, unexplored areas and undulating rivers make it a perfect destination it visitors.

This site of Imphal ‘s battle during the Second World War takes on a certain significance, derived from history. Together, the two send Imphal a range of tourist attractions including the INA Memorial, Manipur State Museum, Kangla Fort, Langthabal, War Cemeteries, Shri Govindjee Temple, and Waithou and Loktal Lake. Manipur Zoological Gardens and National Park Keibul Lamjao are also areas one does not want to leave

Flora in Manipur
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Also read: National Parks in Meghalaya

Thoubal

A well-developed town, Thoubal is a good holiday destination for those seeking an enjoyable climate and many activities. Provided the abundance of flora and green scenery and the numerous facilities available here, Thoubal is almost suitable for trekking, camping, and picnics.

This city is best known for the temples and the numerous water bodies all together making it a pretty much perfect getaway that will strike the right urban balance and a lesser-known destination. The town’s popular bazaars, such as the Ningombam Laxmi Bazaar and Athokpam Bazaar, are just to add a dash of activity and vibrancy to the environment.

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Tamenglong

This hilly area provides an ideal atmosphere for outdoor tourism. This town’s beauty is unparalleled by the unusual flora and fauna varieties. Known for the oranges grown here, this town of Manipur is home to some of the most unique plants and animals. Here the colourful forest offers shelter for hog deers, leopards, wild dogs, hyenas, tigers and so on. A nature lover, with its waterfalls, exotic animals and numerous orchards, can have a ball in this beautifully endowed area.

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Chandel

Chandel is a small, yet scenic district in Manipur’s north-eastern province, also known as Lamka. This is one of the state’s most critical nine districts, and perhaps the least populated of all. It has come to be recognised as the Entrance to Myanmar, along the lines of the international boundary dividing India and Myanmar. It lies about 64 km away from Imphal and passes along NH-39. It is renowned for having been home to over 20 native tribes. Chandel is a wisp of history and customs, due to the vast number of tribes live here. Each tribe gives the area a unique identity, where the colours of their cultures are blown out in every direction. Travellers visiting Chandel, along with sprightly music and dance, will drink up the alluring art forms.

Also read: Festivals of Manipur

Chandel now has four subdivisions following a reorganization; Chandel City, Tengnoupal, Chakpikarong and Machi.

Manipur, India
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Besides being home to a large number of species of plants and animals, Chandel is known for its numerous orchid varieties, several ornamental plants, and some very useful medicinal plants. This city is given the cultural definition by the numerous tribes which find habitat here. Apart from getting coloured in their shades, one can visit some of the area’s tourist spots, such as the Tengnoupal, which is the highest point on the way from India to Myanmar and can offer some of the most stunning views and sceneries.

Loktak Lake and Sendra Island

The country’s largest freshwater lake, Loktak Lake and on it the Sendra Island, are one of the state’s most stunning attractions. Located about 50 km from Imphal, Loktak Lake lies in the Imphal Valley and is host to all the rivers and rivulets flowing in Manipur district. Loktak Lake and Sendra pose an unprecedented combination of beauty that can be found nowhere else in the world. It is India’s biggest freshwater dam, while the other is a floating island built of plastic waste on the very same shore, which houses the area’s only visitor home. The lake consists of many other floating islands within itself that sustain fishing villages and are also made of organic waste. The clean sea, the maze of boat paths, the surrounding greenery and the riveting crimson sunset offer a mesmerizing spot for all. Loktak Lake and Sendra Island are complex ecological gems, which deserve security which restoration. Human encroachment has contributed to a depletion of the lake in recent years.

Also read: Dzukou Valley, Nagaland – What you should know

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