Least touched and least explored,Manipur is the jewel city of India, and one of the most gorgeous places in India where nature has been extra generous in her bounty.Manipur tourism promises to be the great tourist discovery as the state offers endless pleasure with its exotic landscape, green valleys, undulating hills, blue lakes and thick forests. If you wish to go to a quiet place right in the lap of nature, Manipur is the place to be. Here is our Manipur travel guide to ensure that you do not miss out on anything that is worth seeing and experiencing while you are on your Manipur tour.
The start of the winter season is the best time to visit Manipur i.e. from October to February. The moderate monsoon, breezy summers and chilly yet pleasant winters ensure that you don’t miss out on any tourist major attraction in Manipur. The natural scenic beauty of Manipurinduces thousands of tourists every year, who are seeking a hideout in the comfort of nature.
Manipur experiences summers from the month of April till June. During this season, the temperature varies between 16 to 36 degrees Celsius. From June to September, Manipur experiences reasonable rainfall. The best time to travel to Manipur is in winters. The temperature is known to go as low as 0 degrees Celsius. The snow-covered peaks and chilly in the air makes the trip worthwhile.
You get an invigorating feel on the streets of Imphal that are thumped and pulsated by lively crowd all through the day. Imphal is often cluttered with vendors selling quite interesting things to buy like puppets, spices and Ngari, a fermented fish. Being a picturesque city that has rich heritage sites, Imphalis one of the foremost tourist destinations in India that offers everything from nature to culture and from wildlife to adventure to all its visitors.Imphaltourist places or best tourist places near Imphalinclude EmaKeithel (Mother’s Market), Loktak Lake, Red Hill Lokpaching, Kangla Fort, Sirohi National Park, Manipur State Museum and many more.
Famous for both, its natural beauty and places of worship, Bishnupur is one the best places in Manipur. The ancient temples here reflect the rich culture of the land and its architectural superiority. Best places to visit here are Rasmancha, Dal Madol, Jorebangla Temple, Siddheshwar Temple and many more.
Blessed with nature’s beauty, Senapati is a simple yet fascinating tourist spot in Manipur. Almost 80% of the area here is covered in green forests, and the rest of it is occupied by villagers. The village is a perfect escape for someone longing for a cultural insight of Manipur. Best places to visit in Senapati include Purul, Yangkhullen, Mao, Dzukou Valley, Makhel Cave and SaduChiru Waterfalls.
Situated in close proximity with Imphal, Andro is a small village and one of the most fabulous places to visit in Manipur. The pottery artistry of this place is has always caught the attention of the tourists. In fact not just the creativity, you can also take a peek at the history of it, when you’re in AndroGramshang. If you’re a keen traveller, the museum here displays a variety of traditional pots, such as Yukhum, Walom, PudondMakhong, and Ngangkha. Best places to visit in Andro are AndroShantheil Natural Park, AndroGramshang, GwarokMahadevaYairipok, SelloiLangmai Ecological Park and Kaina Temple.
Khongjom is one of the finest tourist places to visit in Manipur. Here, the honoured major general, PaonaBrajabashi with his troops fought with the British during their reign. This was also known as Anglo-Manipur War. Today there is a memorial built in memory of the brave fighters, which holds historical importance. Khangjom is perfect place for anyone with interest in military and the history of wars.
Also named the Floating Lake of Manipur, Loktak Lake is the biggest Fresh water lake which is found in North-Eastern India. It has got the name owing to the floating diverse masses of vegetation soil deposited on it. The Lake is found in the area of Moirang in Manipur and spreads across286 square km. The Lake spreads out over three districts Imphal West, Thoubal, and Bishnupur.
The conical roof shrine of this temple is the abode of Lord Vishnu which was built in the year 1467. It is designed by intricate Chinese designs. The roof is dome-like made in a parabolic style with semi-circular arches that attract the attention of the visitor due to its classic style. The lovely beauty of the temple is worth exploring.
Also called the ImaKeithel at the Khwairamband Bazaar, ImaBazaar in Manipuri is almost 100 years old and is dominated by the female sex. The vendors are generally financially independent, spirited and hardworking ladies. Approximately 3000 women put up their stalls and sell anything from fruits to clothes, handicrafts etc. You name the item and you find it here. But mind you; no males run a single stall!
A religious and social religious ceremony called HeigruHidongba is performed annually in Imphal. The celebrations have the devotee offer Heigru, a fruit to the Lord and are then followed by the exciting HiyangTanaba Boat race. The Boat Race is held in the Thangapat Moat that is measured as sacred for the people.