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Imphal
City : Imphal
Location :East India
Language : Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, and local dialects.
Best Time To Visit : October to February


About Imphal


Imphal is the capital of the state since time unknown. Perhaps the oldest capital of any state ever known, Imphal is located in the heart of the valley. The town earlier was known as Yumpham and most probably the present name Imphal is derived from the same. The major population of Imphal is that of the Hindus mostly following the Vaishnavism cult. They are worshippers of Lord Vishnu and his various forms. Imphal is one of the many places of India which seems to have remained unchanged.

Imphal truly looks like the great beautiful figure garlanded by the surrounding mountains and the clouds those fly above all the time act like a crown.

Imphal is full of palaces and old temples, it always stayed as the capital of the state even when the kings ruled, later when the British ruled and even today it is the capital of the state of Manipur in the independent India. Lying in the middle of the picturesque surroundings this ancient city of Imphal is a great tourist destination.


Attraction

There are a number of places an hour or two away from Imphal, each more beautiful than the other.

Moirang is just 45 km away and it is here that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose first hoisted the flag of the Indian National Army (INA) on Indian soil. There is an INA museum, which contains letters, photographs, badges of rank and other articles associated with this movement. There is also a statue of Netaji. The graceful Khamba-Thoibi dance originated here.

Keibul Lamjao National Park, at a distance of 53 km, is supposed to be the last natural habitat of the thamin deer.

Ukhrul (83 km) is the highest hill station of the state; Moreh (100 km) is close to the Burma border and is a commercial center. Tengnoupal is 69 km away and from here one can have a full view of the valley of Manipur.


Andro
Andro is an earmarked Scheduled Caste village which has been developed to represent the cultural heritage and artful creativeness of the Manipuri tribes. Located at distance of 25 km towards. Andro is an earmarked Scheduled Caste village which has been developed to represent the cultural heritage and artful creativeness of the Manipuri tribes. Located at distance of 25 km towards east of Imphal Andro creates an authentic Manipuri village along with the cultural complex established and run by the Mutua Museum Imphal.

Chorus Repertory Theater
The Chorus Repertory Theatre was instituted in 1976 on the outskirts of Imphal. This two-acre campus has been painstakingly fabricated (and repeatedly re-fabricated due to inclement weather) to form. The Chorus Repertory Theatre was instituted in 1976 on the outskirts of Imphal.

INA Memorial
Kadam Kadam Badhaye Jaa… was how Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose motivated his young army of men and women possessed by the idea of total freedom to the motherland from the Kadam Kadam Badhaye Jaa… was how Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose motivated his young army of men and women possessed by the idea of total freedom to the motherland from the clutches of British. The Army without any backing from any major World armies, trained itself and fought many eventful battles with honour and even came out victorious.

Kaina
Kaina is a revered place for Hindus where an idol was carved out from the trunk of a Jackfruit tree and later installed depicting Lord Vishnu (Lord Krishna). The Kaina is a revered place for Hindus where an idol was carved out from the trunk of a Jackfruit tree and later installed depicting Lord Vishnu (Lord Krishna). The Kaina hill is 914 meters above sea level and at distance of 29 Km from Imphal. The surroundings are serene and peaceful with lush green covering the entire hill.

Kangla Fort
Situated right near the bank of the Imphal River and at the heart of Imphal city is 'Kangla', the ancient capital of Manipur till Imphal took over from 1891. Situated right near the bank of the Imphal River and at the heart of Imphal city is 'Kangla', the ancient capital of Manipur till Imphal took over from 1891. During ancient times, 'Kangla' was the royal palace (King Pakhangba 33 A.D.).

Keibul Lamjao National Park
If your notion of National Parks is limited by the run of the mill Parks that you have often visited in the past then a visit to the Keibul Lamjao. If your notion of National Parks is limited by the run of the mill Parks that you have often visited in the past then a visit to the Keibul Lamjao National Park gives you an opportunity to add something new to your knowledge and wandering repository. Considered to be the first and the only floating National Park in the world, the park plays host to a variety of animal and bird species and is a natural habitat if the brow antlered deer, Sangai.

Winter season attracts avian guests from across the globe and the Park gracefully welcomes and hosts them. The Loktak Lake, which houses the Park, provides a picturesque backdrop to the entire action and a visit to this park provides a unique opportunity to explore hitherto unseen secrets. That’s not all; the Park also boasts of over 450 varieties of orchids.

Langthabal
Langthabal is at a distance of 9 km from Imphal and provides an insight into the glorious history of Imphal. Standing tall on a hill Langthabal revels in the glory. Langthabal is at a distance of 9 km from Imphal and provides an insight into the glorious history of Imphal. Standing tall on a hill Langthabal revels in the glory provided by the aura of the relics of the historical palace, traditional dwellings and architecturally complex and accomplished temples of importance.

The place is set within the corridor created due to symmetric jackfruit and pine plantations. The Langthabal surroundings are pristine and the historically important monuments are being preserved well by the archaeology department. The hill housing Langthabal overlooks the Manipur University campus and presents a mesmerizing view of the surroundings.

Loktak Lake (Freshwater Lake)
A fresh water lake stretching to long distance creates an atmosphere of a long sea shore at a distance of 50 km from Imphal. The Loktak Lake has been a . A fresh water lake stretching to long distance creates an atmosphere of a long sea shore at a distance of 50 km from Imphal. The Loktak Lake has been a source of livelihood for the fishermen communities staying in the vicinity however; recently it has caught the eye of the tourists and has been developed as a tourist spot by the State Government. Various eateries and adventure sports facilities have sprung in the vicinity.

Moirang
It would be a rare occasion to know an Indian who is not aware about the Indian freedom struggle and the great Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. However, not many people. It would be a rare occasion to know an Indian who is not aware about the Indian freedom struggle and the great Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. However, not many people konw where Netaji started his freedom struggle and hoisted his flag. Moirang, located at 43 km from Imphal was the chosen one for first hoisting of the flag of the Indian National Army on 14th April 1944.

Apart from this historical association Moirang is also considered as one of the chief centers of early Meitie folk culture. The place is also studded with an ancient temple dedicated to the pre-Hindu deity Lord Thangjing.

Phubala
The Loktak Lake appears like a mini sea and the vast shoreline of this lake has been utilised, not only by the fishermen but also by the nature lovers. The Loktak Lake appears like a mini sea and the vast shoreline of this lake has been utilised, not only by the fishermen but also by the nature lovers. The Phubala resort has been created on the western periphery of the Loktak Lake and is joined to the mainland by a low walkway. The Phubala resort has been developed in association with Adventure lovers who have ensured creation of Water sports and Adventure sport facilities. The Phubala resort affords a beautiful and picturesque view of the entire Loktak Lake and its magnificent surroundings.

Shri Govindjee Temple
The Govindjee temple situated in the vicinity of the Royal palace is an unpretentious hitherto striking edifice. The temple, a Vaishnavite center, has twin domes, a tiled courtyard and a . The Govindjee temple situated in the vicinity of the Royal palace is an unpretentious hitherto striking edifice. The temple, a Vaishnavite center, has twin domes, a tiled courtyard and a considerable congregation hall. The temple houses various idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses viz. Krishna, Balaram, Jagannath, Subhadra etc.

Legend has it that Shree Govindjee himself ordered the installation of his idol carved out from a jackfruit tree at Kaina. Shri Jai Singh Maharaja, the saintly King followed the orders and had an idol carved out from the tree trunk for installation at the temple. The atmosphere at the temple is festive and is rare sight in this part of the country to listen to some authentic Hindu mantras and musical offerings.

Waithou Lake
The Waithou Lake located at a distance of 16 km from Imphal on the Indo-Myanmar road is a mesmerizing location where the grand lake breaks monopoly of the verdant forests. The Waithou Lake located at a distance of 16 km from Imphal on the Indo-Myanmar road is a mesmerizing location where the grand lake breaks monopoly of the verdant forests and creates a water body space that stretches for long distances and provides a picturesque weekend relief for the jaded.

Apart from the mandatory water body associations viz, sports, eateries and gardens, Lake Waithou also presents the most enchanting sight of vast expanses of pineapple slopes gliding down into the lake. It is pure bliss just to sit at the jetty with your feet dangling in cold water beneath and eyes feasting on the natural beauty spread in the front.

War Cemeteries
The land of Imphal has been a mute spectator to many hostilities and confrontations over the last millennium. The scars of the war have faded with time immortal however; efforts.