Yaoshang (Dol Jatra)
Lord Krishna Temple
Manipur Zoological Garden
Shre Shre Govindajee Temple
Sirohi National Park
Welcome to Imphal West,
Imphal West is the district in Manipur state of Indian. It is a tiny plain at the centre of Manipur surrounded by plains of other districts. Imphal City, the State Capital is the nodal functional centre of this District. It is an ideal location off the beaten track. It is with the landscape of green-blue hills, lush fields and low clouds is like an exquisite painting. Agriculture is the main occupation of the people in the district.
Relics of an old, historical palace, well-planned temples and ceremonial houses in all their splendour amidst the tall pine and jackfruit trees, speak of it's ancient past. Lying at the center of Manipur valley, it is one of the most ancient towns in the Indian subcontinent and has much to provide to a discerning tourist. Some of the famous places here are Kangla Fort, Zoological Garden, Keibul Lamjao National Park etc.
A small village situated near the east of Imphal, Andro houses the Andro Gramshang Museum that includes various varieties of conventional pots named as Walom, Pudond Makhong, Yukhum and Ngangkha. It is majorly well known for its pottery. It is also prominent for a Doll House, which houses various beautiful dolls of 29 famous Manipuri tribes.
Bir Tirkendrajit Park is located close to Polo Ground and Johnstone Higher Secondary and houses an 11 m tall tower, called as the Shaheed Minar. This tower is situated in the centre of the park and is its prime attraction. Shaheed Minar was constructed to honour the numerous martyrs, who died fighting against the British during the Meitei Revolt in 1891. A cemetery is located close to this tower, where thousands of graves of Indian as well as British soldiers can be found. The history of this park can be dated back to 1891, after the Anglo Manipuri War had ended and the trial started on 11th May. Tirkendrajit, Kullachandra and Thangal General were sentenced to death.
27 kms. from Imphal on the Tiddim Road, is a picturesque town situated at the foot hills that rolls down to the valley. The 15th century Vishnu Temple built of peculiarly small bricks supposedly of Chinese influence during the reign of King Kiyamba is of a historical importance. Bishnupur is also famous for its chiselled stoneware.
It is a celebration of Manipuri New Year. Presently two groups of peoples are celebrating it on two different days in the same month of April, as one group referring to Manipuri Lunar Calendar and another to Hindu Solar Calendar. On the day of the festival, people clean and decorate their houses, and prepare special festive dishes, which are fist offered to various deities. As a part of the ritual, people climb the nearest hill-top in the belief that it will enable them to rise to greater heights in the worldly life.
The Chorus Repertory Theatre was established by a renowned theatrical artist, Ratan Thiyam in 1976. Situated in the outskirts of the city, the Chorus Repertory Theatre constitutes of a 2 acre campus, which has been remodelled repeatedly over the past years due to disastrous monsoons. At present, the Chorus Repertory Theatre is a centre for modern art and theatre. The theatre's 25th anniversary was celebrated in 2001, during which plans were made for a permanent auditorium with a seating capacity of 200. A famous performance called Chakravyuha, has been performed more than 100 times and has put this theatre on the world map. The theatre also provides a platform to many aspiring artists and performers along with opportunities to many craftsmen to showcase their work.
It is a very beautiful green valley and the mostpicturesque place in Senapati District bordering Nagaland. It is famous for its rare terrestrial lily called Dzuko Lily and the enchanting snow clad valley during January and February. The highest peak of Manipur Mount Iso is also located behind this valley.
Celebrated for five consecutive days in the month of Wakching(December/January), Gaan-ngai is an important festival of the Kabui Nagas. The festival opens with a religious ceremony on the first day and the rest of the days are associated with common feasts, dances and presentation of gifts.
Observed in the month of September, it is a festival of joy with religious significance. Along a 16 metre-wide moat, long narrow boats are rowed by a large number of rowers. Idol of Shri Vishnu is installed before the commencement of the race.
Imphal Valley, covering an area of 1,843 sq km, is a result of drainage of various small rivers that originate from several hills around it. This oval shaped valley is drained by various rivers including Imphal River, Thoubal, Iril, Sekmai and Khuga. The southern part of the valley constitutes various lakes and swamps; most popular is the Loktak Lake. This valley is home to a number of attractions namely, Palace of Kangla, Polo Ground and Manipur State Museum.
The holy capital city of Manipur, Imphal, has the presence of various well-constructed and architecturally magnificent mosques. It invites the attention of one and all with the grandeur of its construction and magnificent domes. The mosque could house a large gathering for daily prayer. Jama mosque stands as one of the main tourists' destinations of Imphal in Manipur. Situated on the bank of Nambul River, the mosque has the most majestic existence inside the market of Imphal.
It is a hillock about 921 metres above sea level and a sacred place of the Manipuri Hindus. So goes the story that one night, Shri Govindajee appeared in the dream of his devotee, Shri Jai Singh Maharaja and asked the saintly king to install in a temple, an image of Shri Govindajee. It was to be carved out of a jack fruit tree, which was then growing at Kaina. The scenery in this place is charming and the hill shrubs and natural surroundings give the place a religious atmosphere. It is only 29 km (18 mi) from Imphal.
16 kms. from Imphal towards west, is a health resort on the hills over-looking the Manipur valley. The scenery is picturesque and worth seeing. With the construction of Singda Dam here, the place has become one of the important picnic spots.
The ancient fort is situated on the bank of river Imphal. Kangla was the seat of King Pakhangba in 33 AD. The monarchy of Manipur was found and enlarged from Kangla. Its brick walls were constructed in 1632 AD, after acquiring the skills from Chinese prisoners captured during war. The fort is surrounded by a moat. It was under control of Assam Rifles until 2003. Manipur Kings had a royal polo ground within the Kangla Fort.
Renowned for being the only floating park in the world, the Keibul Lamjao National Park lies 53 km away from Imphal, in Bishnupur district of Manipur. Islands formed by mats of dense aquatic grass gives it an appearance of floating on the lake. The unique wetland ecosystem of the national park is spread over 40 sq km. The park encompasses three hills of Pabot, Toya and Chingiao. The park is surrounded by marshes and hillocks. The hills provide shelter for its large mammals during the monsoons.
The park is situated on the southern shore of the Loktak Lake - the largest fresh water lake in Eastern India. The Loktak Lake has floating islands on it called Phumidis (locally called phum) which are inhabited by fishermen. The thickness of phumdi varies from few centimetres to two meters. The phumdi floats with 4/5 part under water.
Khonghampat Orchidarium is situated on NH-39, about 7 km from Imphal. Popularly called as Orchid House, it comprises nearly 200 different types of orchid and covers an area of 215 acres. The orchids have been gathered from all over the country and some of them include the Cymbidium Orchids, Cattleya, Dendrobium and Vanda Orchids. One of the unique qualities of the Khonghampat Orchidarium is that some of the orchids grown here are synonymous to creatures like lizards, moths and bees. Phalaenopsis Orchids are grown in colours like pink and yellow. The most favourable time to visit the Khonghampat Orchidarium is during spring, extending from the months of April to May.
Khongjom is a historic place located near the Indo-Burma Road. During 1891, this was the place where Major General Paona Brajabashi along with countless Manipuri soldiers retaliated against the British invaders. The Government of Manipur had declared 23rd April as Khongjom Day to pay homage to the great leader, Brajabashi and thousand other soldiers.
Khuman Lampak Main Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Imphal, India. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 30,000 people and was built in 1999.The opening ceremony of the V National Games of India was conducted here on Feb,1999. This stadium lies inside the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex and hosts various facilities like the Indoor Stadium/Outdoor stadium, Swimming Pool, etc.
One of the main features of Imphal is the Khwairamband Bazaar. What makes this market different is that it is run by women. Split into two sections on either side of the road, it has tribal women clad in colorful, traditional attire, selling everything from hand-woven shawls, skirts, vessels, mugs and mats to fish, lotus, oranges and orange-flavored honey. And if you wander in the quaint by lanes around the market, you will get a glimpse of Manipur's customs and traditions.
Langthabal is located around 8 km towards the west of Imphal and is considered as one of the major attractions of the city. Situated on the Indo-Burma Road, this place is famous for its beautiful locations and temples. The buildings and structures of this place are surrounded with jackfruit and pine trees. A view of the Manipur University is available from Langthabal. The region has various historical monuments, which have played important roles in the history of India. Along with this, there are beautiful palaces, architectural buildings and traditional temples in Langthabal.
The Temple was founded in the year 1875 and is situated close to the office of Manipur State Road Transport Corporation. The temple is made up of bricks and is square cube in structure and holds high religious importance.
48 Kms. from Imphal, is the largest fresh water lake in the North East Region. From the Tourist Bunglow set atop Sendra Island, visitors get a bird's eye view of life on the Lake small islands that are actually floating weeds on which the Lake-dwellers live in the backdrop of the shimmering blue water of the Lake, labyrinthine boat routes and colourful water plants. The Sendra Tourist Home with an attached Cafeteria is an ideal tourist spot. Boating and other water sports are organised here in Takmu Water Sports Complex.
An antique Hindu temple constructed in the year 1704, Lord Krishna Temple is beautifully located on the banks of River Imphal at Brahmpur Guru Aribam Leikai. The main idol of the temple is of Lord Krishna and the temple also houses several statues of Lord Krishna depicting his evolution from a child to an adult. Janmashtami festival is celebrated with great gusto in this temple.
This tiny lake located near the Tiddim Road on N.H. 150 at Bishnupur is a retreat for visitors from within and outside the state. Boating facilities and the scenic beauty of the place is able to mesmerise the visitors.
It is a collective festival of the Nagas observed on the 15th day of February every year. This is a seed-sowing festival after which tribes belonging to the Naga group begin their cultivation. Social-gathering, songs, dances and rejoicing highlight the festivity. The annual festival also plays a great role in boosting the morale and strengthening the bond of Naga solidarity.
The Manipur State Museum, situated in Imphal, is one of the most popular museums in the state. It was inaugurated in 1969 by the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, and has ever since remained one of the most prominent museums of the state alongside being a very popular tourist destination as well. The Manipur State Museum houses a wide variety of galleries showcasing natural history, ethnology and archaeology. It houses tribal clothings, royal costumes, polo gear, Buddha relics and war weapons used by kings and their men, to name a few. Built near Polo Ground in Imphal West, the museum also conducts awareness programs and thematic exhibitions.
Eight kilometers from Imphal, at the foot of the pine-covered hillocks, you will find a wealth of rare birds, animals and reptiles at the Manipur Zoological Gardens. In the zoo's sylvan surroundings, you will even get a glimpse of one of the rarest species of deer in the world, the graceful brow-antlered thamin deer.
45 kms. from Imphal, and situated near the Loktak lake, this town is one of the main centres of early Meitei folk culture with the ancient temple of the pre-hindu deity, Lord Thangjing, situated here. In the month of May, men and women, dressed in colourful traditional costumes sing and dance in honour of the Lord at the Moirang "Lai Haraoba" which is a ritual dance festival held every year. This town also has a special place in the history of the Indian Freedom struggle. It was at Moirang that the flag of the Indian National Army was first unfurled on April 14, 1944. The INA Museum containing letters, photographs, badges of ranks and other memorabilia reminds the visitors of the noble sacrifices made by the INA under the charismatic leadership of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
The adventure Headquarter developed by Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA) at Minuthong and its park about 44 kms away from Imphal is within a 500 acres big premises of the Manipur Mountaineering Institute. The adventure park has infrastructure for adventure sports like gliding, rope bridge, river crossing, wall climbing etc besides facilities such as spider net, tunnels and monkey round.
This Museum, a Cultural Complex is at Andro village (about 26 kms.) from the capital. Here artifacts of the State and from all over the North East are housed, such as pottery collection,rare coins,rare manuscripts of the state, paintings, basketries, bell metals, jewelleries, wood carving etc. There are exact replicas of the houses from different tribes and groups of the state like: Poumai, Kabui, Meitei, Kuki, Tangk0hul etc.
The Manipuri women also showed a great deal of courage while fighting against the British on 12th December 1939. The Nupee-lal (Women's war) Memorial near the Imphal Head Post Office was built in the honour of these women who sacrificed their lives for fighting for injustice.
Phubala has a number of popular attractions and is close to the western border of the Loktak Lake. Situated in the vicinity of Loktak Lake, many water sports facilities are available. There are two islands namely Karang and Thanga, located amidst the lake, where the water activities can be done. These islands can be reached through boats. This town also offers a beautiful view of the Loktak Lake, where different migratory birds can be seen frequently.
One the greatest festivals of the Hindus of Manipur, the festival is celebrated for about 10 days in the month of Ingen (June/July). Lord Jagannath leaves his temple in a Rath locally known as Kang pulled by pilgrims who vie with one another for this honour.
Red Hill is a hillock about 16 kms. from Imphal on Tiddim Road (NH - 150). It is a thrilling spot where the British and the Japanese fought a fierce battle during World War II. War Veterans had constructed "India Peace Memorial" a monument in memory of Japanese soldiers who died in the battle. It is a place of pilgrimage for Japanese tourists.
About 20 Kms. from Imphal beside the Tiddim Road is a picturesque site famous for its perennial Water Fall in a scenic foot hill. There are three waterfall spots. This is a newly open tourist spot.
Green and awesomely tall, a shrub growing 61 feet (18.59 m.), it is amazing. When Moirangthem Okendra Kumbi of Manipur returned home after getting his degree of B.Sc. Agri. (Hons.) from Meerut University, in 1983, he found a small plant on a mustard oil tin planted by his sister. The plant was a kind of shrub Manipuris use to grow as fencing to their gardens, so they called it Samban-Lei (Samban means fencing and Lei means flower), its Hindi name is Nilakantha (Sky flower) and Botanical Name is Duranta repens Linn.
Sekta Kei (mound) is located 18 km from Imphal and is considered as a significant archaeological site. It is a living testimony to the history of Imphal and is one of the ancient places, which showcases the tribe, who had occupied this region. The place also reveals the set of practices and rituals followed by the tribe for survival, enhancement and death. The Sekta Mound is an excavated site, which attracts thousands of archaeologists and behavioural scientists in search to understand practices and procedures of burial customs of the Sekta people. These practices were also called secondary burials but eventually these activities slowly faded away.
Right in the heart of the city is the tall Shahid Minar at the Bir Tirkendrajit Park that was built in memory of Manipur's martyrs who sacrificed their lives for India's independence.
The vibrant local bazaars are a good place to pick up Manipuri handicrafts and souvenirs. You will find small shops on either side of the streets, managed by tribal women, selling beautiful hand-woven shawls, skirts, vessels, and fabrics. If you like to go traditional, do buy the Phanekthe, which is the traditional dress of the Manipuri Meitei tribe. Decorative items in ivory and cane are also worth a buy. A must buy are the beautifully charming and colourful Manipuri dolls and hand carved intricate jewelry. Visit the Manipur Handlooms and Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd in Paona Bazar to get some good textiles and fabrics. The Moreh Market, three-hour journey from Imphal on the India-Myanmar border, is a good destination to buy imported goods as well as local products.
A historic Vaishnavite centre, adjoining Manipur's former Maharajas Royal Palace, the Govindajee temple is one of the most attractive sights for the tourists. Twin domes, a paved courtyard, and a large raised congregation hall form a perfect backdrop for priests who descend the steps, to accept offerings from devotees in the courtyard. The shrines of Lord Krishna and Balaram and Jagannath flank the two sides of the presiding deity. Early hours Prayer (Aarti) is a must for devoted followers, exuding spiritual fervour and ecstasy.
Singda dam is located about 20 kms from Imphal, the capital of Manipur. The drive to the dam is picturesque and is surrounded by paddy fields and lush green hills. It is a very popular hiking and picnicking spot. Located at an altitude of 920 mts above sea level, the dam is a multipurpose irrigation project overlooking a beautiful lake. October to May is the best time to visit Singda dam.
It was established in 1982. Among the animals that make their homes here include the tragopan, the tiger and leopard. It is here that the famous shirui lily (Lilium maclineae) grows naturally. The main peak of Shirui abounds with flowers during the monsoon and it is a veritable paradise. The Shirui Kashong Peak near Ukhrul is a marvelous hill top view point located at a height of 2,835 meters above sea level. A number of rivers originate from the cracks and slopes of this peak. The exotic Shirui lily flower (Lilium Mackliniae) blooms on the hilltop in the month of May - June. The flower attracts hundreds of scientists and tourists every year.
Ukhrul is about 103 km from Manipur's capital Imphal. Bounded by Myanmar on the east, Nagaland to the north and Senapati district to its west, Ukhrul's relative inaccessibility and remoteness has helped the district retain its pristine charm. Mountain ranges, knolls, waterfalls, crystal clear rivers and lakes add to the charm of Ukhrul. Spread over 4544 sq km, the district is mostly hilly. At 3114 m, Khayang Peak is the highest peak; however, Shirui Kashung Peak (2835 m) is more popular.
Waithou Lake is about 16 km from the city of Imphal and is located on the Indo-Myanmar Road in the Thoubal District. The water of this lake mainly consists of three components namely, Soirel, Cheksabi and Phumnom. The source of water for Waithou Lake is from the river which comes down through Ningthibi Canal. Until 1971-1972, Ngaton (Labio bata) along with other species of fish were found in this lake. After the construction of the Cheksabi barrage and ringbund, various species of fish have disappeared. At present, the surroundings of the lake have completely degraded because of agricultural activities, soil erosion and rapid urbanisation.
Commemorating the memories of the British and Indian soldiers who died during the World War II, these War Cemeteries are managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Serene are well maintained, the War Cemetery carries little stone markers and bronze plaques recording the sacrifice of those gallant soldiers.
A unique all women's market, having 3000 "Imas" or mothers who run the stalls, it is split two sections on either side of road. Vegetables, fruits, fish and household groceries are sold on one side and exquisite handlooms and household tools on the other. Not far away is a street where beautiful wicker works and basketry are sold.
Celebrated for five days commencing from the full-moon day of Phalgun/Lamda (February/March), Yaoshang is the premier festival of Manipur. The Thabal Chongba, a kind of Manipuri folk dance in which boys and girls hold hands and dance away their blues in festive tube-lit ambience is an inseparable part of the festival. Young and old folks collect donation from house to house and the money so collected is spent in parties and feasts. However, of late, time and energy earlier spent in the festival has been utilised in locally organised games and sports meets. Athletes got a shot in the arm, ever since.