Manipur is a state of northeastern India; resident are mainly tribes of Meitei, Kuki, Naga, and Pangal. The Mahabharata a Hindu epic, mentions Manipur as the place where Arjuna meets and falls in love with Chitrangada, one of his wives.
Manipur also witness World War II, battles between Japanese invaders and British Indian forces. The Japanese were beaten back before they could enter Imphal, which was one of the turning points of the overall war.
The Loktak lake is a major tourist spot of Manipur. Keibul Lamjao National Park, 48 km (30 mi) away from Imphal is an abode of the rare and endangered species of brow antlered deer. This ecosystem contains 17 rare species of mammals. It is the only floating national park of the world. Khangkhui Cave is a natural limestone cave in Ukhrul district. The big hall in the cave was assumed to be Darbar hall of the Devil King living deep inside. This cave is an hour’s trek from Khangkui village.
Tourist spot of Manipur
|Imphal– capital of Manipur, is a scenic beauty. It is located at the center of the beautiful Manipur valley and is surrounded by plains and hills. Dense forests and sprawling grasslands. It reflects the rich tradition of the state. some leading tourist destinations are Kangla Fort, Sirohi National Park, Manipur State Museum, Jama Masjid and Shree Govindajee Temple|
|Ukhrul, a city is surrounded with natural beauty of hills, cave, mountains peak. Ukhrul is well developed and is a centre of a colourful warrior tribe, the Tangkhul Nagas. Siroi Hills and Khangkhui Lime Caves are interesting places for excursions. Siroi Hills: Ukhrul is also known for a peculiar type of land-lily, the Siroi Lily|
|Thoubal Situated in hills, the place is perfect for trekking and hiking. Lush greenery, beautiful rivers and lakes make the place a perfect destination for outdoor activities.|
|Chandel is the gateway to Myanmar. The geographical significance, however, does not end there. The land is rich in flora and fauna being home to a wide range of species. Rare species of animals and plants are found here that attract tourists in great numbers.|
|Senapati is one of the places in Manipur that preserves its natural beauty with some of its parts still unexplored. Some historical places which are unique in itself and worth visiting are the old village of Yangkhullen, built on a steep hill, Makhel, the place where the common origin of the Nagas is believed to have started.|
|Tamenglong, popularly referred to as the ‘Land of Hornbill’ is rich in flora and fauna. Deep gorges, mysterious caves, splendid waterfalls and exotic orchids are what you will find here. The Tharon cave, Buning meadow, Zilad lakes, Barak Waterfalls are some of the places of tourist interest. This beautiful place is located at a distance of 156 kms. from Imphal.|
|Churachandpur 60 kms. from Imphal and is one of the most beautiful places for sightseeing and holidaying, where products of arts and crafts of the area are available in the local market. Kuki-Chin-Mizo are the dominant tribes. It is also the second largest town in the state. The land boasts of unity in rich cultural diversity.|
How to reach Manipur
Air: The airport is 6 kms away from Imphal, the capital of Manipur. There are bi-weekly flights from Delhi to Imphal. Calcutta has flights to Imphal six days of the week. Silchar (Assam) has four flights a week to Imphal. Tourist Buses, taxis and local buses will take you to Imphal city from the airport.
Rail: There are no railway lines inside Manipur. The nearest rail head is Dimapur (Nagaland), 215 km from Imphal, the capital city. There are trains that connect to it twice a week from the major cities of India.