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Manipur is an Indian state located in the north-eastern region of the country. Imphal is its capital city. The state is bordered by other states like Mizoram, Nagaland, Assam and Burma on all sides and it covers an area of 22,347 sq. kilometres.

Geographically, the state comes under the Southeast Asian region. The widely spoken languages in the state are English and Manipuri; and the other languages spoken by the local tribes include Meiteilon, Meitei Mayek and some 29 dialects that are spoken by the hill dwellers.

The Meiteis live in the state's valley regions, forming the primary ethnic group; and they occupy only 10% of entire land area of the state. Meiteilon is spoken only by the Manipuris and was recognised as one among India’s main languages in the year 1992. Other tribes living in the state are the Paites, Kukis and Nagas.

Why Visit the State?

Manipur literally means the state of jewels. The state has a rich cultural heritage and has gained recognition in the fields of dance, theatre, martial arts and sculpture. The climate and the rich flora and fauna in the state make it a hotspot for tourists. Some of the rare sights for tourists in the state are Sangai, Shirui Lily and the floating islands.

The most important places to visit in the state are Imphal, the Shree Govindajee Temple, the Keibul Lamjao National Park, Loktak Lake, Churachandpur, Moreh, the war cemeteries of the Indian and British soldiers during the Second World War, the Manipur Zoological Gardens, Moirang, Sendra Island, Kaina, Khongjom, Tengnoupal, Ukhrul, the Manipur State Museum, Maibam Lotpa Ching, Willong Khullen Sadu Lake and Yangkhullen.

Entering the state of Manipur was earlier troublesome for international tourists, as they had to opt for a Restricted Area Permit. But the rule was abolished on the 1st of January 2011, and is supposed to remain similar for the current year.

Exploring the Culture of Manipur

Theatre in Manipur forms an integral part of the local culture. The people here are generally enthusiastic and are really tied to their roots. The theatre culture in the state can be noted during the Laiharaoba festival and during this time, the stage generally features adaptations of Hindu religious epics. Some of the plays that are staged include Sanjenba, Udukhol and Gauralila.

Theatre in Manipur is based on certain themes and does not adhere to any religious spheres. Some of the popular non-secular theatres in the state are Phampak Lila and the Shumang Lila. The religious genre is normally viewed by a larger audience.

The Shumang Lila was framed during the rule of Ningthourel Chandrakirti between 1850 and 1886. The Lila was then succeeded by plays such as Ram Lila, Sabha Parba, and Kabul Lila. Other plays like Thok Lila and Meiraba Charan are quite popular among the local crowd too.

Manipuri dance is inspired by the theme of love between Lord Krishna and Radha. Some of the outdoor indigenous games played by the Manipuri people are Mukna Kangjei, Mukna, Yubi Lakpi, Sagol Kangjei, Arambai Hunba and Hiyang-Tannaba.

Facts for Tourists

Some of the hill tribes are against the local government, so be wary of where you travel to within the state. Stick to crowded spots and don’t venture out on your own.




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