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Written by Buvaneshwari Gopinath on June 19, 2020 Share on

Top 6 things to do in Imphal, Manipur

Manipur is located in the northeastern region of India sharing its borders with other countries. It is one of the Seven Sisters of India with serene natural beauty, just sitting there, waiting to be explored by us. Imphal is the state’s capital city, The city is surrounded by charming hills, calming rivers and thick forests, just the perfect place for all nature lovers. Though situated up north, the city has become a bustling space with tourists over the years and has been promoting tourism ever since. There are many things you can do at Imphal.

Things to do at Imphal

1. Palace of Kangla

Kangla palace located in the heart of Imphal exhibits the power of the then ruling kingdom, the Meitei rulers. Surrounded by the Imphal river on both sides, the palace’s architecture is stunningly beautiful. The palace is now open to the public allowing to know more about the culture and history of the Meitei’s. The public is allowed to visit the palace anytime from 7 AM to 5 PM.

2. Imphal Polo Ground

The Imphal Polo ground is an iconic landmark that represents the history of Manipur. Polo game actually originated from Sagol Kangei, a local sport by the residents of Manipur. Built to play the Sagol Kangei is this rectangular present in the city’s centre. The British found this game to be very interesting that they took it global. 

Polo ground in Manipal
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3. Manipur Zoological Garden

Located in Lamphelpat, approximately 8kms from the city of Imphal is the state’s zoological park/garden. Home to 200+ species of animals and birds, it also houses some of the rarest animals. Go on a wildlife safari, spot some birds and enjoy clicking pictures of animals in their natural habitat. The garden is filled with a soothing vibe that helps you relax your muscles. The park is open between 10 AM – 4:30 PM on all days except the winter where the park follows a separate time table. 

4. Loktak Lake

The longest freshwater lake in the state of Manipur is the Loktak Lake, famous for its vegetation. The lake is also home to Keibul Lamjao Park, which happens to be the only floating park in the world. 

5. Go shopping at the local market

Manipur is famous for its handicrafts and handlooms. The town is quite famous for its hand made crafts and arts. Head to the local market and buy souvenirs for your travel like jewels, bells, dreamcatchers etc. 

Local Market
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6. Taste the Imphal Cuisine

Erase the memory of what others had informed you about what the people eat in NorthEast India. Their cuisine is influenced by the Tibetan cuisine and the spices used to cook them have a beautiful aroma and brilliant flavours. Some of the must-try dishes are the Kanshoi – a vegetable stew, Eromba – rice and fish combo and Paaknam – fish pancake. 

Visit the land of Imphal and explore its charming nature, get mesmerized by travelling in the state’s landscape, all while you take a bite of their local cuisine from an open setting restaurant. Get yourself travel packages available on Pickyourtrail website and unwrap Manipur little at a time.

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