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Manipur is a northeastern state in India. Imphal is its capital city and the languages spoken in the state are Meiteilon, Meitei Mayek and other local dialects spoken by the people in the hilly region. The state covers an area of 22,347 sq. kilometers and is bordered by the states of Nagaland, Assam, Burma and Mizoram. It lies in the southeastern region of Asia.

The state is formed by the tribal people residing in the area. The majority in the state’s population are the Meiteis. The Manipuri language Meiteilon was awarded the status of a national language in India in 1992. Some of the other tribes living in the state are Kukis, Paites and Nagas.

Destinations to Visit in Manipur

Manipuri people have preserved their rich cultural heritage. The state is considered to have one of the most exotic cultures in entire northeast. Some of the rare sights for tourists visiting the state are the Sangai, floating islands at Loktak Lake and Shirui Lily located in the district of Ukhrul. The origin of the royal game of Polo can be traced back to Manipur.

Imphal has a large immigrant population with people from all over India. Some of the popular visiting spots in the city are Gam-bir Sing Shopping Complex, Paona Bazar, Leima Plaza and more. The Shree Govindajee Temple in the state is a conglomeration of palatial havelis, a courtroom and the temple. The deities worshipped here are Krishna and Jagannath, Radha Govinda, Subhadra and Balaram.

The Keibul Lamjao National Park is located nearly 48 kilometers from Imphal and is home to many endangered species. There are 17 species of mammals which are on the verge of extinction. The Loktak Lake is a fresh water lake which also acts as the fish reservoir for the Manipuris. The second largest town in Manipur is Churachandpur and is a thriving business centre. One of the main attractions in the city is the Ngaloi Falls.

The war cemetery of the Indian and British soldiers who died in the World War II lies in the state. The Manipur Zoological Gardens lies in the foothill of the Pine Hills at Iroisemba. Moirang is the epicenter for the Meitei folk culture. It is home to the ancient temple of the pre-Hindu deity Lord Thangjing.

Other tourist destinations in the state are Kaina, Khongjom, Tengnoupal, Ukhrul, Manipur State Museum, Maibam Lotpa Ching, Willong Khullen Sadu Lake and Yangkhullen.

How to Reach

By Air

The Imphal airport is located in the capital city and is well connected to Kolkata, New Delhi and northeastern states like Mizoram and Assam. The Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati has flights to other metro cities such as Mumbai and Chennai.

The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at Kolkata is the nearest international airport that has flights to destinations in Europe, USA, China and Middle East.

By Trains

The nearest railway station is the Dimapur railway station which is connected to rest of the country; the railway station is located 215 kilometers from the capital city.

By Road

You can drive from Assam, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya to Imphal. Local tourists generally hire a taxi or a 4WD to travel within the state. You can also hire chauffeurs, if you have a problem driving in the mountainous terrain.




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