Nestling deep within a lush green corner of North East India Manipur is 'the jeweled land' with its bounteous vistas of untrammeled beauty and ancient traditions. An oval shaped valley surrounded by stunning combination of wet forest, temperate forest and pine forest with its cascading rapids , tripping rivers, carpet of flowers, exotic blooms and lazy lakes.

It is the home of the Meitei who dominate the populace, which is an admixture of Naga and Kuki-Chin Mizo groups amongst other colorful communities which have lived for centuries in harmony.

These are the people whose folklore, myths and legends dances indigenous games and martial arts exoctic handlooms and handicrafts are invested with the mystique of nature.

The state's martial arts are recognized for their almost poetic traditions.the economic and fluid movements of the spear dance (Ta Khousarol ) and soward fight (Thang Yannaba) have a sinuous beauty. This playful, sports loving community is reputed for its indigenous version of (Sagol Kangjei) or Polo (it was the first place in India to have evolved this sports of kings), the Mukana Kangjei -(wrestling hockey) and Yubi-Lakpi, a form of rugby played with a greased coconut.

"A land where God took to dancing" Manipur also known as the land of Radha and Krishan in the best of tradition has gifted to India's classical dance repertoire her lyrical Ras Leela dance that re-enacts the love story of Radha and Krishna. Rasa leela songs and dance depict the Leelas (sports) of Lord Krishna as a child with the Gopies (Milkmaids) of Brindavan, and express their yearning for communion with the Lord. The Rasa dance is essentially lyrical and has extremely graceful movements. A spring festival 'Lai Haraoba' is also celebrated with Manipuri's graceful movements in all dance forms. Even its expressive tribal flock dances are performed with traditionally aesthetic movements.

Imphal :

Manipur's capital city. Imphal, has harmonized itself seamlessly into its beautiful natural environment. The pretty township is the very heart of the official, commercial and cultural activities of the state. Visitors can enjoy some of its special attraction before moving out of town into its great outdoors to savor Manipur culture in all its richness and variety.

Govindajee Tample :

Imphal's historic Vaishnavite centre adjoining Manipur's former Maharajas Royal palace, the Govindjee temple is one of the most attractive place for the tourist. Twin domes, a paved courtyard, and a large raised congregation hall where devotees congregate to participate in various devotional activities.

Manipur State Museum :

This interesting museum near the Polo Ground has fairly good display of Manipur's tribal heritage and collection of portraits of Manipur's former rulers. Particularly interesting items are costumes arms & ammunition, relics and historical documents.
Open 10 am to 4.30 pm daily except for Monday & holidays.

Khwairamband Bazar or Ima market :

A unque all woman's market, having 3000 or more "Imas" or mothers who run the stalls, it is split into two sections on either side of road .Vegetables, fruits , fishes and household grocieries are soldon one side and exquisite handloom and household tools on the other side.

Shaheed Minar :

The indomitable spirit of the Meitei and Tribal Martyrs, who sacrificed their lives while fighting the British in 1891, is commemorated by this tall minar at Bir Tikendrajit Park in the Heart of Imphal city.

War Cemeteries :

Commemorating the memories of the British and Indian soldiers who died during th World War -II, these cemeteries are managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Serene and well maintained, the graves carry a little stone markers and bronze plaques recording the sacrifice of those gallant soldiers.

Khonghampat Orchidarium :

Manipur has at least 500 different varieties of orchids. The Central Khonghampat Orchidarium, just 7 km away from Imphal, offers visitors an excellent opportunity to see at least 110 species which are showcased here. The Khonghampat Orchidarium is doing exceptional work on propagating some of the rare species. Its 200 acres are host to many rare varieties of orchids, which include almost a dozen endemic species. The finest time to see these blooms is in March- April when they look their very best.

Langthabal :

Set admist stands of jackfruit and pine, Langthabal (8 km down the Indo-Mynmar road) is dotted with relics of an old, historic palace, temple of architectural importance and ceremonial houses. It is ideally located for those delightful views and a glimpse of Manipur University.

Kangchup :

The health resort of Kangchup, 16 km from Imphal, offers lovely views of the Manipur valley from its lofty perch at a height of 921m

Waithou :

Close to the Waithou Lake, on the Indo -Burma road is a village famous for pineapples.

Kaina :

on the lofty hights of Kaina hills (29 km) lies a legendary temple where the famous Ras Leela dance is performed on particular days.

Khongjom :

Khongjom, 36 km on the Indo Burma road, is known for the martyrdom of Manipur's major general Paona Brajabashi in 1891. Kongjom Day is celebrated on April 23 every year.

Tengnoupal :

You can also enjoy grandstand views of the Manipur valley from Temgnoupal (69 km), the highest point on the Imphal -burma road

Moirang :

Moirang used to be the focal point of Manipur's early Meitei culture. Located 45 km from Imphal. The town has an ancient temple of the pre -Hindu, deity Lord Thangjing. Every May, men and women, dance during the during the Lai Haraoba ritual Dance festival to honor the deity.

Moirang played an Important role during India's freedom toggle. The flag of the Indian National Army (INA) was first raised at Moirang on April 14, 1944. At the Ina Museum you'll discover a host of letters , photographs, based of ranks and other memorabilia of the martyrs of the INA (head quarters here during World War II ) who fought under the dynamic leadership of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose against the Allies.

Loktak Lake :

One of the most enchanting and biggest fresh water lakes in the North East is Manipur's Loktak Lake, just 45 km from Imphal. The Sendra island tourist bunglow offers dazzling views of the lake , its rich plant and avain life and the intriguing floating weed, shallow bowl-like islands (Phumdi) and the fishermen who live on them harvesting water chestnuts. Situated in the middle of the lake , the tourist home has a café and makes an ideal lookout. Boating has been introduced along the lakes labyrinthine waterways. Also on the southern part of the lake is the world's only floating National park, the Keibul Lamjao National park, the unique habitat of the rare sangai , the brow antlered deer or the 'dancing deer'. The entire lake complex is a wildlife enthusiast's dream.

Bishnupur :

Famed for its stoneware, Bishnupur, 27 Km from Imphal on the Tiddim Road, has the brick Bishnu temple(15th century). The unusually small bricks of the temple show Chinese influence (possibly during the regin of the King Kiyamba) according to some sources.

Ukhrul :

Manipur's popular and highest hill station is Ukhrul, 83 km away. It is famous for the Siroi Lilies, which grow here in abundance. The nearby lime caves of Kangkhui are worth visiting. It is also the headquaters of the Tangkhul Nagas.

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