Manipur Travel guide

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Manipur is a state in North-Eastern India.

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By plane

Imphal Airport has regular flights to Aizawl, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata and Silchar. The second nearest International Airport is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati, 490 Kms from Imphal. Scheduled flights are available from cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Imphal, Agartala, Pune and Kolhapur.

By train

Dimapur Railway Station is connected to the major cities of Nagaland. It is linked with the cities like Mariani, Guwahati, Kolkata and Kamakhya through Jan Shatabdi Express, Jttn Intercity and Ghy Intercity.

By bus

The First bus from Guwahati (Assam) to Imphal is Non A/C Seater (2+2) by Network Travels departing at 14:30. Trip duration is between 15h to 20h-30m depending on the bus type and operator.

See


One can start with the Loktak Lake, which is about 45kms south of Imphal. The view of the enchanting landscape from Sendra Hill is awsome. Sangai Restaurant has been put up there recently. Not far from there is Indian National Army musueum which houses lots of artifacts from the Second World War and related to INA. Another place to visit around Loktak lake is the Keibul lamjao National Park, which is home to the Brow Antler Deer or Sangai which is also the only Floating National Park in the world (that's emough for a day). The next day head out to see the All Women market at the heart of the city Ima keithel (Ima means mother in Manipuri, Keithel means market). You will be astonished by the wide variety of articles sold in the small market. After coming out of the Ima Keithel visit the Legendary Kangla Fort which used to house famous British officer like FM William Slim and later HQ of IGAR SOUTH. It was handed over to the public in 2008, first public entry since its takeover by British when Manipur was defeated in the Anglo-Manipur war of 1891.

If you have any interest and respect for all those souls that were lost during World War Two, visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery, Indian Army War Cemetry and the Japanese War Memorial (en route to Loktak lake).

If you still have time and want to taste a little piece of Myanmar air, its well to visit the border town Moreh, which is only just 110kms from Imphal. Get ready to spend lots of bucks in buying cheap and tempting things starting from a slipper to a queen size bed.

If you want to take on nature, go for a trek in Siroy Hills/DzukoHills/Old Cachar road.

Shirui Lily Flowers in Ukhrul.

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The crafts of Manipur showcase the creativity of its people. Manipur produces a wide range of handicrafts and handloom items. Papier mache, decorative ivory, collectible dolls, bamboo and cane work are some of the many crafts of this state. In fact, the state is counted as one of the largest producer of bamboo crafts in India. Wood carving, textile weaving, stone carving, block printing and hand-embroidery.

Cane and Bamboo Crafts of Manipur are widespread due to the wide availability of the raw material. There is large number of artisans associated with creating bamboo craft. Products include sofa sets, stools, mats, basketry, tray, chairs, tables, flower vases, ashtrays and many other decorative and utility articles are made out of this craft.

Kauna is a kind of reed that mostly grows in wetlands and marshes. In Manipur, this is used for making mats and cushions. Numerous craftsmen in Manipur are engaged in this particular craft. Kauna Crafts are used for local use and for tourist consumption.

Pottery is an acclaimed craft of Manipur being produced by coiled technique. Potteries in Manipur come in different shapes and styles reflecting their socio-cultural background. Pots are handcrafted and painted using different bright colors.

Wood Carving is an art in Manipur developed out of necessity. People of Manipur utilized wood to create different items of their daily need out of this craft such as trays, spoon, drum etc.

Block Printing is a specific handicraft in Manipur. This craft makes hand block printed towels and dresses, among many other items.

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Drink


Sekmai Chamelei : Go to sekmai, 20 kms from imphal to enjoy the traditional manipur rice beer and spirits.

Stay safe


Many plains people (the Meiteis) resent the Indian government. The hill tribes (Nagas, Kukis, Zomi/Chin) resent the Indian government, the Meiteis and each other. The Zomi/Chin would like to be united in an independent state with their co-tribespeople in Burma. There are multiple competing tribal militias, who extort money from their countrymen, block roads, and occasionally erupt into warfare/killing.

Imphal is generally safe (see the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office website), but other areas should only be visited with good local information, and the word 'disturbed' means no-go.

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