Manipur Tour


Manipur popularly known as the princely state of the North East, it is set in an oval valley amongst smoky blue hills . The majority of the people living here are called the meitei. They are a mixture of kuki and kuki chin mizo groups. The pristine and isolated environs has made the people to live lavishly . The state's inspiration arises from the wondrous balance of flora and fauna. Due to this reason the forest sustains a host of rare and endemic plants and animal life. The dancing deer, the rarest creatures of the world is found here. Manipur is also very much reputed for its tradition of the arts and handicrafts. Especially weaving (done by the women) is a honored occupation, which makes designing in the dazzling range of sarees, sarongs, shawls and bedspreads. Even the states martial arts are known for their poetic tradition. Above all, Manipur is known to be the land of Vaishnavite faith. The Raz Laela dance is based on the legendry love of Radha & Krishna. The Lai Haraoba (Spring Festival) is a harmonious blend of stylized & ritualistic dances for peace & prosperity performed with traditionally aesthetic movement which attracts the tourist in its unique way of entertainment. This little corner is a paradise on Earth where Mother Nature has bestowed her bounty extra generously. Manipur`s exotic scenery, mystic atmosphere and salubrious climate are all that fascinate tourists. Abounded with festivals, Manipuris are best introduced by their world famous "Manipuri Dance"- one of the major dance forms of India. South of Nagaland, Manipur borders Myanmar. The state is inhabited by over two dozens tribes. Manipur claims to have invented the game Polo, the main sport of Manipur. Loktak Lake with floating- Weed- Island and dancing deer Sangai, is of tourist interest. Nestling deep within a lush green corner of North East India, is the wondrously beautiful little Shangrila called Manipur. Literally meaning - "a jewelled land", this little corner is a veritable, paradise on earth. Untouched and undiscovered, Manipur promises to be the great tourist discovery of the 21st century. An oval shaped valley surrounded by blue green hills, rich in art and tradition has inspired descriptions such as the " Switzerland of the East" with cascading rapids, tripping rivers, carpets of flowers and exotic blooms. It lies to the south of Nagaland & north of Mizoram. It shares the international boundary with Myanmar on the western and southern side.

CLIMATE

The state of Manipur experiences a maximum temperature of 32 degree celsius and a minimum temperature as low as 0 degree celsius. The annual rainfall here is 1467.5 mm and the rainy season is from May to October. The winter stretches from November to March.

HOW TO REACH

The beautiful city of Imphal, the capital of Manipur is connected by Air, Train and Bus from other places as follows:

Imphal Tulihal Airport is located about 8km from the heart of the City and is well connected directly from the major cities of India namely Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and major cities of North Eastern States namely Aizawl, Silchar, Dimapur etc by Daily/bi-weekly/other basis with the Domestic Air services like Air India, Indigo, King Fisher, Jet Airways, Jet Lite, Spice Jet, Air Deccan etc. Other major cities of India is connected to Imphal via Kolkata/Guwahati.

By Bus to Imphal

  • From Guwahati daily on the NH 39 via Dimapur and Kohima many private buses available.
  • From Guwahati daily on the NH 39 via Dimapur and Kohima many private buses available.
  • From Dimapur daily on the NH 39 via Kohima Manipur many private buses available.
  • From Silchar daily on the NH 39 via Jiribam many private buses available.

By Train to Imphal

There is no direct train service to Imphal. But travellers can travel upto Guwahati or Dimapur (nearest rail head from Imphal) and then rest by bus or by air.

Best Time to Visit - Mid September to mid March is considered the best time for traveling to Manipur.

MAJOR CITIES OF MANIPUR

BISHNUPUR

Bishnupur or the land of dancing deers is beautiful destination situated at a distance of 27 km from Imphal the capital of Sikkim. Bishnupur in Manipur has remained as the capital of Bishnupriya Manipuris. Bishnupur lies at the foot of a hill and is renowned for the 15th century Vishnu temple. The temple is a single-celled, conical roofed temple. Further tourist attractions are Keibul Lamjao National Park, Loktak Lake and Loukoipat Ecological Park. Bishnupur in Manipur is also famous for it's chiselled stoneware. The Bishnu Temple The conical roofed shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Built in 1467, during the reign of King Kiyamba, the temple is interesting for its antiquity and Chinese design. Bishnupur is also renown for its stone production Keibul Lamjao National Park Kelbul Lamjao National Park is situated 53km from Imphal on the fringes of Loktak Lake . The only floating National Park in the World, on the Loktak Lake is the last natural habitat of "Sangai" - the dancing deer of Manipur. A glimpse of the deer in this unique wetland ecosystem is a must for any wildlife enthusiast. Loktak Lake and Sendra Island Loktak Lake is a largest fresh water lake in the North-Eastern region located 48km from Imphal. Loktak Lake is a huge and beautiful stretch of water spread upto 312 sq. km area and looks like a miniature island sea. Phubala Phubala resort is a virgin land 40 km south of Imphal. The marshy islands of Loktak actually float. Besides the human inhabitants of the lake, there are other life forms here too. Ecological Park This was established in the year 1992. The park houses - Rock Garden, Hawa Ghar, Circular Path and Japanese Pond. Boating facility is also available in the park at the Loukoipat lake.

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CHANDEL

The Chandel district of Manipur (formerly known as Tengnoupal) came into existence on 13th of May, 1974. Chandel in Manipur lies in the south-eastern part of Manipur, in north east India. Chandel is shares its international boundary with Myanmar (erstwhile Burma) on the south. Chandel Manipur is domesticated by several communities. Manipur Chandel is sparsely inhabited by about 20 various tribes. The different communities are spread all over the Chandel district in Manipur.

Prominent tribes inhabiting the district are - Anal, Lamkang, Kukis, Moyon, Monsang, Chothe, Thadou, Paite, and Maring etc. There are also other communities like Meiteis, and Muslims in small numbers as compared to the tribes.

Tengnoupal is about 20 Km. from Chandel. The highest point on the Indo-Myanmar Road, from here one can get a full view of the valley of Manipur. The beauty of the place is awesome. Moreh The Moreh town, the international trade center of the state lies on the southernmost part of the District. This border town is located on the Indo-Myanmar Road, about 70 Km. from Chandel. When the Trans-Asian Super Highway comes into existence, Chandel district will be one of the gateways to the Asian countries. Being a commercial town it attracts a large number of people from neighbouring places. Moreh is only 5 Km. from Tamu town, its Myanmar counterpart. Opening of the Border Trade turns Moreh into an important centre in the Northeast.

CHURACHANDPUR

Churachandpur is the district Head Quarter of South-Manipur and an advanced tribal ( Kuki ) town where local handicrafts are available in abundance the market. Churachandpur is the fastest growing district headquaters and hill-town of Manipur. Churachandpur in Manipur is truly an island of peace, tranquility, prosperity and progress. The Cosmopolitan Hill Town of Manipur, Churachandpur or Lamka (as called by the loacles) was and is a mini-India.Here all the communities of Manipur live happily in small but noticeable sizes amongst the more populous tribal folk belonging to Chin, Kuki, Mizo, Naga and Zomi ethnic groups - a mosaic of tribes, well laid out and glowing with life. In Churachandpur, there are about 15 of the 29 different tribes and about ten other communities from the rest of India, each with their different dialects and languages. Sightseeing in Churachandpur The Surroundings Churachandpur, the homeland of tribes, is one of the most beautiful places for sightseeing and holidaying. The Handicraft Market You will find various types of exquisite items made by locales at Churachandpur. The item are beautifully made in vibrant colours. Tonglon cave About 32 km from Churachandpur is the Tonglon cave, an important tourist attraction. This is one place in Manipur, you must visit.

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IMPHAL THE CAPITAL CITY OF MANIPUR

Imphal, the tiny capital city of the northeastern state of Manipur, is an ideal location off the beaten track. Imphal in Manipur with the landscape of green-blue hills, lush fields and low clouds is like an exquisite painting. Imphal is one of the few places in India where nothing seems to have changed. Imphal in Manipur is a tiny valley tucked away in the northeastern state of Manipur. 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 Imphal's ancient past. Lying at the center of Manipur valley, Imphal is one of the most ancient towns in the Indian subcontinent and has much to provide to a discerning tourist. Sightseeing in Imphal Manipur Zoological Gardens 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. Khonghampat Orchidarium Then there is the Khonghampat Orchidarium that has more than a hundred rare varieties of orchids. The best time to visit the orchidarium is in the months of April and May when the orchids are in full bloom. Shri Govindajee Temple The core of Imphal's traditions, however, lies in its various temples. The most important of these is the Shri Govindajee Temple, a historic center for Vaishnavites. A simple, twin-domed structure, it adjoins the magnificent palace of the former rulers of Manipur. Constructed in the early 18th century under the Rajarishi Bhagyachandra regime, the temple comes alive during festivals when thousands of people come to offer prayers.

Khwairamband Bazaar 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.

Manipur State Museum The Manipur State Museum is another place that is worth a visit. The museum has a rich collection of Manipuri costumes, war implements, historical documents and relics, and gives you a sample of the state's complex history. Shahid Minar 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.

SENAPATI

Senapati in Manipur is one of the nine districts of Manipur. The lush green surroundings and the amazing topology of Senapati attracts tourist from all around. Mao and Makhel are two destination close to Senapati, you must visit. The nearby Dzukou valley displays a wide ranges of vegetation, spread in abundance. Senapati is an ideal destination for the tourist looking for a salubrious atmosphere.

Sightseeing in Senapati Mao Mao is one of the oldest Hill Stations of Manipur bordering Nagaland lying on the way between Dimapur and Imphal on the NH 39, at an altitude of 5762.02 ft above sea level. The Mao Inspection Bungalow built by the Royal Military Engineers in year 1897 is a hundred years old structure. You can also see the Mao Naga Dance, which depicts the cultural mosaic of Manipur.

Makhel is the historical place of Naga breakup and the legendary place of common origin of the Meiteis and Nagas. Makhel has the oldest pear tree, memorial to the breakup. Dzukou valley here with its pristine beauty flourishes with a rare lily in the month of May to July. The Regional Potato Farm offers scenic view of the steep drop to Ikhro near the highway. Mount Isu is the highest peak in the region.

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Tamenglong

Tamenglong is the land of exotic orchids. Tamenglong in Manipur is completely composed of hill ranges and narrow valleys. The hilltops and valley sides are dotted with small hamlets, located at strategic points. The land was believed to have been formed due to orogenic movement during cretaceous and Eocene period. The main rock formations are sandstone, shale, schist. Due to weak and fragile nature of rocks and high gradient of the hill slopes, landslide is a common phenomenon in the whole district in rainy season. Tamenglong district of Manipur is blessed with a topography of irregular undulation. Tamenglong in Manipur has in its small area most of the awesome features that nature mould to a hilly terrain. Turbulent waters, roaring waterfall, pitching dark caves, enchanting lakes of the wilderness, rocks chiseled to wondrous form and yet the thick blanket of dense tropical forest most part of which are still virgin. Sightseeing in Tamenglong The Nature Around Tamenglong Manipur is blessed with virgin forests, exotic orchids, rare and endangered plants, and wildlife. The forests can be grouped as Tropical-Ever-green forest, Sub-tropical forest and Bamboo brakes. The dense tropical Evergreen Forests are located along both the sides of rivers flowing in the district, varieties of ground flora, creepers, herbs and grasses are found here. These forest are the main source of timbers. Cane brakes are found in and around water bodies. The Sub-tropical forests are found on the highest altitudes. Varieties of orchids are found in this zone of forests. In the degraded forest areas the bamboo brakes are found in plenty. The Waterfalls at the River Barak Along the river Barak there are seven waterfalls in series at close range. The picture is at the third step of the waterfall. Tharon Cave The famous Tharon cave is located at about 27 kms from the district HQ. The map of the entire cave is engraved and painted on a stone at the main entrance. Archeological excavation of the cave shows affinities with Hobinian culture of North Vietnam. Zeilad lake The legendary Zeilad lake at Makoi (Atengba) is associated with a number of pythons, fishes and water birds. There are six other lakes nearby Guiphop Zei, Nrou Zei, Nap-sam Zei etc. Buning (N-piulong) The Buning (N-piulong) meadow is located on the western side of the picturesque Tamei town. A number of well-groomed uneven small mounts, numerous glittering brooks are located at the stretch. In the month of June the meadow is coloured with enchanting groud orchids and various wild lilies.

UKHRUL

Ukhrul in Manipur is the land of the colourful Tangkhuls. Ukhrul is the highest hill-station of Manipur, situated at distance of 83 km east of Imphal. Siroi hills and KhangKhui lime caves are excellent excursion destinations. The colourful Tangkhul Nagas habituate this land of the Shirui and lilies, which are simply too pretty.

Sightseeing in Ukhrul Khayang Peak Khayang peak, 3114 m from the sea level is the highest peak of the region. Shirui Kashung Peak The more popularly know peak is the Shirui Kashung Peak - 2,835 m from the sea level. Most of the major rivers originate from the crevices and slopes of this Shirui Peak.The ordinary looking Siroi lily blossoms on the hilltop, during May - June. Khangkhui Cave Khangkhui Cave is a remarkable natural lime- stone cave. The big hall in the cave is the darbar hall of the Devil King living deep inside while the northern hall is the royal bedroom, according to local folklore. During World War II, the villagers sought shelter in this cave. Other Sights Hundung Mangva Cave; Dilily Water Fall near Khayang Phungtha; Azoa Jenephiu Magi Lake near Kachouphung; Cold Water Fishery Project near zero point Phangrei, Shirui; Saline Springs at Rajai Kl. And Kn., Marem,Maramphung, Kalhang, Luireishimphung; Longpi Pottery at Longpi; Khayang Peak; Chingjui Matza; Phangrei Picnic Spot; Nillai Tea Estate on the way to Tolloi; MATA Industrial Complex, Lungpha.

WILDLIFE IN MANIPUR

Keibul Lamjao National Park in Manipur - Spread in an area of 40 sq km, Keibul Lamjao National Park in Manipur was established in the year 1966 as a Sanctuary and in the year 1977 as a National Park. Keibul Lamjao National Park Manipur is probably the world's only 'floating sanctuary' that comprises 40 sq km of wetland overgrown with 1.5 m. deep floating vegetation (called phumdi). The park has several distinguishing features. Besides the vegetation and terrain, an important highlight of the park is the Loktak Lake (6,475 ha), the largest freshwater lake in India; a large portion of which falls within the park.

Manipur Zoological Garden - About 6 km. from Imphal, towards the west, in Manipur Zoological Garden at Iroishemba lying on the Imphal Kangchup Road. You will find some rare to be found species in this zoological garden. A trip to the Manipur Zoological Garden, at the foot of the pine-growing hillocks in the westernmost corner of Lamphelpat is really enjoyable.You will have an opportunity to see the graceful brow antlered deer (Sangai), one of the rarest species in the world, in sylvan surroundings of the Garden.

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FESTIVALS OF MANIPUR

Manipur is a land of festivities, fun and frolic all the year round. Through out the year, Manipur is busy with the cycle of festivals. Hardly a month passes without a festival or two. The festivals of Manipur projects their cultural, social and religious aspirations which, besides removing the monotony of life and help the people lead a better and fuller life. Important festivals of Manipur are the Dol Yatra (Holi) in March, Rath Yatra (Car fesival) in June-July and Durga Puja in September-October. Manipuri Hindus celebrate New Year Day, in the second week of April.

Some more name below

Yaoshang Festival, Kut Festival, Ningol Chakouba Festival, Ramjan ID - The festival of Manipuri Muslims, Chumpha Festival, Gang-Ngai Festival, Christmas Festival, Cheiraoba Festival, Heikru Hitongba, Kang Festival

ARCHERY IN MANIPUR

The Archery Archery is one of the most ancient sport originated in India. In the day and age of the Rig-Veda, Ramayana and Mahabharata men of stature and circumstance were expected to be competent in archery. The equipment needed to play this sport are - Bow & Arrow. Archery is the most popular and loved game of the north east and is played through out the year. The bows and arrows in archery are made of bamboo, and are of varying lengths and sizes. The arrows are a pointed metal cap. The target is circular in shape, 8 to 10 inches high and 3 inches in diameter. The targets; each measuring about 15 inches by 30 inches is kept at the end of the range, which are usually 100 metres in length. Archery in Manipur Archery is held everyday in Manipur on various low-lying stretches of ground just below a stand of conifers. Evolved from an ancient tribal sport, it is still very popular in Manipur and one can see archers shooting as many as 500 arrows within a span of a few minutes.

MUSIC AND DANCE OF MANIPUR

Manipur presents a wide spectrum of music and dance form, which are best way to revive and refresh the daily monotonous lifestyle of the people residing there.

Music of Manipur - Both hill and valley people of Manipur are very fond of songs and music.

Khullong Ishei It is a folk song commonly sung by the Meities in villages when they go to work in the fields or go for fishing. There is no set system of words and sentences. The theme of the song is love. The singer adjusts his words and stanzas of verses of his own to the tune. Pena Ishei This song is accompanied with the music produced through Pena. A Pena is a musical instrument, in which a slender bamboo rod is attached to the round dry shell of gourd of coconut. To produce music, the bamboo rod is held in the left hand and the drum shell is pressed against the chest. The curved iron rod is held in the right hand. The string on the bamboo is rubbed with that on the curved iron rod. The theme of the song is the love story of Khamba-Thoibi. Lai Haraoba Ishei These songs are full of erotic mysticism but the real meaning is veiled by the use of innocent sounding words. The rhythm of the tune is its quality. It is sung on the ceremonial occasion at Lai-Haraoba. Some Other Forms of Music in Manipur Thoubal Chongba is a tuneful song sung during the Thoubal chongba dance. The theme of the song is religious. Nat is a classical music which is used during the ceremonies such as marriage, Upanayanams etc.

Gaur Padas are songs in praise of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Dhob is sung with a large cymbal known as Jhal. The song is accompanied with the Manipuri style of beating of the drum. Manohar Sai are the songs named after Manohar Sai who came to Manipur in nineteenth century. The songs are accompanied with small cymbals called Ramkartal and drum called Khol. The songs are devotional. Napi Pala is a song sung by women. It is a devotional song. The small cymbal called Mandira is used during this song. Khubaishei is a clapping music. No cymbals are used and the songs are sung accompanied with the clapping of hands. If the Khubaishei is sung by women only, then it is called Nupi khubaishei. It is sung in a standing position. Raslila songs are a class by themselves due to their special thematic approach. The songs carry deep religious essence. The tribal songs and music have variety and quality.

The Dances of Manipur Manipuri dance is the perfect representation of Manipuri culture. The dance is often devoted to religious themes, while the Raas Lila (love story of Radha and Krishna) dominating it. The 29 tribes of Manipur have different dances to offer - Lai Haroba (feast of dances, representing celebrations of Gods), Pung Cholem (Mridang dance), Mao Naga dance, the priestess dance of Malbe Jagoi, Thangal Surang dance etc. The vibrant culture of the Manipuris is reflected in their dance and drama Khamba Thoibi dance A dance of dedication to the sylvan deity, Khamba Thoibi dance is a duet of male and female partners. This dance is a part and parcel of Moirang Lai-Haraoba. It is believed that the legendary hero - Khamba and heroin - Thoibi danced together before the Lord Thangjing, a celebrated deity of Moirang, a village in the South-West of Manipur which is known for its rich cultural traditions, for peace and prosperity of the land. This dance is a depiction of the dance performed by Khamba and Thoibi. Maibi Dance A way of reviving life as in the past, this dance is performed during the festival of Lai-Haraoba which is an annual ritual festival of the Meiteis(inhabitants of the valley of Manipur). The Maibis, the priestesses considered to be spritural mediums, depict the entire concept of cosmogony of the Meitei people and describe their way of life through their dances. Pung Cholom Pung or Manipuri Mridanga is the soul of Manipuri Sankritana music and Classical Manipuri Dance. It assumes an important ritual character, an indispensable part of all social and devotional ceremonies in Manipur. Pung Cholom is performed as an invocatory number preceding the Sankirtana and Ras Lila. It is hignly refined classical dance number characterised by the modulation of sound from soft whisper to a thunderous climax. Ras Lila The Ras Lila depicts the fond love of Radha for Lord Krishna as well as the sheer devotion of the Gopies toward the Lord. It is generally performed in an enclosure in front of the temple throughout night. Ras performances are seasonal and varied and performed at the temple of Shree Shree Govindajee in Imphal on the nights of Basanta Purnima, Sarada Purnima and Kartik Purnima and at local temples later. As to the composition, the performance is a combination of solo, duet and group dances. The dances are graceful and so are the costumes. Nupa Pala Nupa Pala which is otherwise known as Kartal Cholom or Cymbal Dance is a characteristic of the Manipuri style of dance and music. The initial movements of this dance are soft and serene, gradually gathering momentum. It is a group performance of male partners, using using cymbals and wearing snow white ball-shaped large turbans, who sing and dance to the accompaniment of Mridanga, an ancient classical drum "Pung" as it is called in Manipuri.

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SHOPPING IN MANIPUR

The treasured culture and tradition of the Manipuris are also displayed in their handloom clothes and handicrafts. The Manipuri handloom and handicraft are world famous for its craftsmanship as well as ingenuity, colourful, colourfulness and usefulness. The people are artistic and creative in their thinking and outlook. Every house possesses a loom, and Manipuris weave with a passion and style, unparalleled by any other state. Manipuri bed covers of Moirangfee and flower designs, silk and cotton sarees, scarves, blankets and shawls, in distinctive shades and weaves, make for an alluring collection. A wide array of artistic handicrafts from bamboo, papier mache, decorative ivory, dolls and jewellery make for prized souvenirs. Manipur's main shopping attractions are the traditional Manipuri handwoven textiles. The Manipuri dance doll with its graceful stances is a lovely memento to buy for family and friends. These exclusive handloom and handicraft items are sold at Khwairamband market, the largest exclusive women's market in the country, which is a must on every visitor's travel itinerary. Popular Shopping Places Ideal places to buy such handicrafts are Paona Bazar, where fixed price shops will lessen your shopping worries, Manipur Handlooms Sales Emporium, Handloom House and Tribal Emporium and Sangai Handloom, near the Gandhi memorial.

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