One of the loveliest, but lesser known holiday destinations in the North East is the lovely state of Manipur with its capital - Imphal. This erstwhile royal state is slowly slipping into mainstream travel hub from its sheltered environs amongst the blue-hued hills and is set to be one of the hottest destinations in India.
One of the oldest states in the North East, Manipur enjoys its own individual identity with vigorous enthusiasm. The vigour is reflected in the indigenous game of Sagol Kangjei (Polo), Mukna, Yubi-Lakpi... Its artistic leanings are visible in its graceful RasLeela, Indian Classical – Manipuri Dance. Manipur offers visitors a comprehensive diversity of tourist delights as the gateway to South East Asia.
The stunning environs of the Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Loukoipat eco-park in Bishnupur District, Dzüko Valley, Mt. Isii in Senapati District, Siroy hill and Khangkhui cave in Ukhrul District, Tharon Cave, Bunning Meadows, Barak Waterfall and Zeilad Lake in Tamenglong an upcoming hill station in the hilltop surrounded by thick forests full of orchids wild tea, Lamdan Adventure Ecotourism Complex of Churachandpur District are living examples of eco-friendly atmosphere can lure any traveller.
Imphal the capital is connected by air with Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata. The nearest railhead is Dimapur. Imphal is connected by road with Kohima, Guwahati, Silchar and Shillong.
Summer: 13ºC to 29ºC and Winter 4ºC to 25ºC
Best Time to Visit
October to March.
All domestic tourists intending to visit Manipur by road via Dimapur-Kohima require an Inner Line Permit to pass through Nagaland. These are issued by the Liaison Officers of the Government of Nagaland at New Delhi, Kolkata, Shillong and the Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Dimapur and the Deputy Commissioner, Imphal can also issue permits to tourists travelling from Imphal to Kohima and Dimapur in Nagaland.