Shri Govindajee Temple
adjoining the palace of the former rulers of Manipur, is a historic
centre for Vaishnavites. It is a simple and beautiful structure
with twin gold domes, a paved court and a large, raised congregation
hall. The presiding deity in the centre is flanked by shrines of
Balaram and Krishna on one side and Jagannath on the other. Priests
come down the steps to accept offerings from devotees standing on
the paved court yard.
This is a large, covered market split into two sections on both
sides of the road. Vegetables, fish, household utensils and implements,
and fruits are sold on one side, and colourful handloom shawls and
materials on the other. The market is very special because all the
stall-holders are women. Not far from here, is a street where beautiful
cane baskets and furniture are sold. Other smaller markets are Singiamei,
Kongba, Lamlong, Kwakeithel, Heirangoithong. Tera Keithel, Naoremthong
Manipur State Museum
This interesting museum near the Polo Ground has a fairly good display
of Manipur's tribal heritage and a collection of portraits of Manipur's
former rulers. Particularly interesting items are customes, arms
& weapons, relics and historical documents. Open : 10 am to 4.30
pm. Monday & holidays closed.
War Cemeteries The British and the Indian Army Cemeteries commemorating
those who died in the Second World War are serene and well-maintained
with little stone markers and bronze plaques recording their anguish
and sacrifice. These graves are maintained by the Commonwealth War
Manipur Zoological Garden
About 6 kms off Imphal, towards the west, is this Zoological Garden
at Iroishemba on the Imphal-Kangchup road. Graceful brow-antiered
Deer, one of the rarest species in the world, can be seen here in
sylvan surroundings. A trip to this garden, at the foot of the pine-growing
hillocks in the westernmost corner of lamphelpat, is really enjoyable.
The Orchid yard of the Forest department, on National Highway No.
39, abolt 7 km from Imphal, is another place of interest. More than
110 varieties of Orchids, including several rare species, are grown
here. Peak season is April-May.
This tall Minar
at Bir Tikendrajit Park in the heart of the Capital commemorates
the indomitable spirit of Manipur martyrs who sacrificed their lives
while fighting against the British in 1891.
Bishnupur 27 km from Imphal stands the single-celled, conical roofed
temple of Bishnu. It was built in 1467 in the reign of King Kiyamba
and is interesting because of its antiquity and design influenced
by Chinese style. Also well known for its stoneware production.
40 km from Imphal. A charming resort on a little island on the western
fringes of the Loktak Lake, to the south of Imphal. It is linked
to the mainland by a low causeway. Accommodation: Tourist Home Reservation:
Director of Tourism, Government of Manipur, Imphal, Tel: 220802.
45 km from Imphal, Moirang holds the ancient temple of the pre-Hindu
deity, Lord Thanging. Every May, men and women, in bright and traditional
costumes, sing and dance in honour of the Lord here at the Moirang
It was from the village of Moirang, too, that the graceful Khamba-thoibi
dance originated, traditionally celebrated in May. It was in Moirang
that the flag of the Indian National Army was first hoisted on Indian
Soil on April 14, 1994. There is an INA Museum containing letters,
photographs, badges of ranks and other articles associated with
this movement. There is also a statue of Netaji in uniform. There
are buses which operate from the private bus station at Keishampat
Jn. to Moirang from 6 am to 6 pm. Journey time : 1 hr.
Loktak and Sendra Island
48 km from Imphal. A huge and beautiful stretch of water, this lake
is like a miniature inland
sea. From the Tourist Home, set atop Sendra Island, visitors can
get a bird's eye view of the lake and the life on it : the fishermen
and their families who live in neat huts on its shores and who make
full use of their watery environment. They cast their nets on it,
rear fish farms in it using nets as floating `walls', harvest it
for the water chestnut known as `helkak', and even build their houses
on islands of floating weed that drift around the lake.
There are buses and cycle rickshaws to cover the last 2 km to Sendra.
Reservations : Director of Tourism, Government of Manipur, Imphal,
Keibul Lamjao National Park
53 km from Imphal, and on the fringes of Loktak Lake, this is the
last natural habitat of the marshdwelling brow-antiered Deer of
83 km to the east of Imphal, this District headquarters of Manipur
East is the highest hill station of the State. A centre of the colourful
warrior tribe Tangkhul Nagas, it is well developed and famous for
a peculiar type of land-lily, the Siroi, grown on the Siroi Hills.
Siroi Hills and Khangkhul Lime Caves are interesting places for
excursions. Ukhrul bears a gay and festive appearance during Christmas.
36 km from Imphal Situated on the Indo-Myanmar Road, this is a place
of great historic importance. It was here that Major General Paona
Brajabashi, one of the great warriors of Manipur, proved his valour
against the superior force of the invading British Army in 1891.
The hillock, at the foot of motherland, is reminiscent of the past
heroic deeds of Manipur warriors. A war memorial on the top of this
scenic hill feature, adds charm to this historic site. Khongjom
Day is celebrated as a State function every year on April 93.
69 km from Imphal. The highest point on the Indo-Myanmar Road, from
here one can have a full view of the valley of Manipur. When a visitor
passes along the road, he will find himself above the clouds but
in natural surroundings.
11 km from Imphal. This border town is located on the Indo-Myanmar
Road. A commercial town attracting a large number of people from
neighbouring places, it is only 5 km away from Tamu, its Myanmar
counterpart. Tamu depicts a total change in the attire and eating
habits of the people and in the architecture of its buildings. Churachandpur
59 km from Imphal. District headquarters of Manipur South, Churachandpur
is mainly inhabited by the Kuki tribe. An ideal place for sightseeing
and holidaying, it is also an advanced tribal town where local handicrafts
are available in the market.
It is 156 im from Imphal and is the District Headquarters of the
Tamenglong District. This region is known for its deep gorges, mysterious
caves, and splendid waterfalls and its exotic orchids. The Tharon
Cave, Booning Meadow, Zailad Lake, Barak Waterfalls are some of
the places of tourist interest.
At an altitude of 921 metres, 16 km from Imphal to the west, is
a health resort on the hills overlooking Manipur valley. The scenery
is picturesque. It is also a mountain pass on the road to Tamenglong.There
is an Inspection Bungalow here along a reservoir.
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