The lush green state of Manipur literally means "The Land of Jewels." Nestled shyly in the northeast corner of India, the state is blessed with natural magnificence and deep rootedness in culture and tradition. The renowned dance form of Manipur known as The Manipuri Dance is a divine spectacle to the eyes. Hence Manipur is a total package. It packs beautifully nature and culture in a wonderful balance. The state is set amidst the hills and is a land of myths and mystery. The panoramic landscapes, the verdant forests and the cultural wealth of Manipur make it very popular among tourists. The most popular tourist attractions are listed below.
Loktak Lake and Sendra Island
The only floating lake in the world and the largest fresh water lake in the North-Eastern India, this lake is a pure delight. Islands like Sendra and Bhumia are situated in this lake. Also the Keibul National Park finds its place in the lake.
A long cave of 655.6 m, this cave is one for adventure. It can be explored fully by thrill-seekers with the help of the map drawn outside the cave. It is also called the Thaeuluan Cave.
If you are looking for a place to unwind and start afresh then you should visit Moirang. This place has seen wars and upheavals but has beautifully maintained its glory and freshness. The place is beautiful as it hosts the Loktak Lake whose calm, clear waters will definitely clear your mind of unwanted stress, tension and anxiety.
The palace of King Pakhangba, the Kangla Palace is situated in the banks of the Imphalriver. After 2003 this fort was opened to the tourists whose historical and archaeological significance makes it very famous among tourists.
This tower is a memorial for those who died fighting the British during a Meitei revolt in 1891. It is located in the centre of the BirTikendrajit Park.
The soldiers who had sacrificed their lives for India, inspired by Subhash Chandra Bose, The Indian National Army once used this place as their unofficial headquarters. Now this place remains as a tribute to the legend of freedom struggle in India and also to the valiant martyred soldiers.
KeibulLamjao National Park
This park ought to be on your bucket list as it is the only floating National Park in the world. This park hosts a plethora of flora and fauna including the migratory birds during the winters.
The western borders of the Loktak Lake hosts Phubala. Tourists can be attracted to Phubala for many reasons. One of them is water sports which can be carried out on two islands that are situated amidst the lake and the other is the picturesque, panoramic view of the lake. You should definitely try them out.
Famous for its historical monuments and its resplendent temples, Langthabal is one of the most famous attractions of the city. Also the pine and jackfruit plantations among the attractive architectural attractions are a must-see.
Singda dam is the highest mud dam in the world. It is relatively calm and a popular picnic spot with its picturesque views and is located at a distance of about 16 km from Imphal.
Manipur Zoological Garden
This place was established in 1976 and it specializes in the breeding and preservation of rare species. The lush greenery and calm atmosphere of this place will surely win you over.
Manipur State Museum
A museum that showcases articles of Manipuri rulers, established in 1969, this museum caters to the call of various categories of artifacts such as Archaeology, Ethnology, Natural History and Painting.
Constructed in the Nagara style of architecture and dedicated to ShriGovindajeealong with various other Hindu Gods and Goddesses like Krishna, Balaram, Subhadra, Jagannathetc, this temple is one of the major ones in Manipur situated near the royal palace.
Major General Paona and his soldiers fought the British at this very place which makes it a very important historical site. The British invasion ended in taking complete controlover Manipur.
EbudhouThangjing Temple, Moirang
This temple is located in Bishnupur and famous for its rich cultural background. During May, a festival is celebrated which is called the Moirang Lai Haraoba festival where people flock to seek blessings from 'EbudhouThangjing.'
Some other places worth visiting are Chorus Repertory Theater, KhonghampatOrchidarium, Waithou Lake and many more.
Festivals of Manipur
Celebrated in the month of July, this festival is the biggest Hindu festival in Manipur. It is similar to the RathYatra in Puri. An 8-day festival, it celebrates the journey of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra. Thousands of devotees attend the festival in Imphal and help carry the massive, gigantic chariots that carry the deities. People dance all night and large feasts are organized. The cart in which Lord Jagannath is carried is called Kang. The yatra begins from Sri SriGovindajee Temple in Imphal.