Travel to the Beautiful Capital of Manipur and Experience These DelightsApr 10, 2018
If you are planning to visit places in Eastern India, Imphal is an interesting choice. Imphal is the capital city of Manipur and has many attractions for visitors that include sightseeing places, shopping, scenic splendour and ageless ambience. You can visit this city throughout most of the year, except during the rainy months, for a comfortable and enjoyable vacation. You can reach the destination by flying to Imphal Tulihal airport which is connected from major cities such as Bangalore and Gawahati. The nearest railway station is from Dimapur in Nagaland more than 200 kms away or by from road neighbouring states.
There are multiple choices when you consider Imphal as a holiday destination. Among these are:
Sendra Island and Loktak Lake
Visit this largest freshwater lake with small islands made from organic waste on it is, situated 50 kilometres from the city. The lake looks beautiful with lush greenery around and scenic beauty during sunset. You can also visit the Keibul Lamjao National park, a floating park and watch the Sangai deer herds.
The Kangla Fort or Palace of Kangla on the banks of the Imphal river is open to tourists and has historical and architectural value. The place houses a small museum and has palaces, temples and the cemetery of the royal family.
Manipur Zoological Gardens
If you are accompanying children, then this zoo garden is well worth a visit. Situated approximately 8 kilometres from the city, the zoological garden is known as the “Jewel of the State”. It has a mix of more than 400 species of animals and birds and is set in thick forests and hilly terrain.
Kwairamband Bazaar or IMA Market
This important market in Imphal is an interesting shopping destination for tourists and is said to have historical origins. This market symbolizes women empowerment as it is run solely by women. Shopping enthusiasts can buy handicrafts, black rice, blue lotus flowers, woollen shawls, local spices, dry fish and much more. Only, remember to bargain smartly to get the best price.
Manipur State Museum
This museum inaugurated in 1969 by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has a collection of traditional state costumes, important historical documents, weaponry, sculptures and several other artefacts that interest those who love history and visiting museums.
Drive through Imphal Valley if you love to experience Instagram worthy scenery and landscapes. You will be tempted to stop and soak in the mesmerizing natural beauty of the verdant green plains, lakes and swamps. The Lohtak Lake is situated in this valley.
There are several sacred temples that you can visit in Imphal such as the Shri Govindaji Temple which is a famous Vaishnavite temple, Lord Krishnaji Temple, ISCKON, Imphal Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra Temple, Leimapokpam Keirungba Temple and the Kaina Hillock among others.
Tourists can visit war memorials and cemeteries dedicated to Indian Army soldiers who lost their lives protecting the nation, museums, participate in the famous Ningol Chakouba festival, Rath Jathra, or the Yaoshang 5-day long festival held during the Phagun months. Imphal is well worth a visit and must be added to your travel list.