Explore Manipur
Manipur
Jewel of Northeast India

Manipur is a Northeastern state of India bestowed with bountiful nature and friendly dwellers. Manipur is endowed with distinct traditions, cultural heritage, ancient temples, graceful classical dance and nutritious cuisine. It has a diverse topography graced with rolling hills, scenic valleys, thick forests, wind rivers and pristine lakes. This diversity makes for an unforgettable escapade full of adventure and peace. Profuse with nature-rich rejuvenating spots, Manipur is a heaven for nature lovers. 


Popular cities: 

  • Imphal

  • Kakching 

  • Ukhrul

  • Thoubal

  • Bishnupur

  • Senapati

  • Churachandpur 

Climate
Manipur's climate is quite moderate with the western part experiencing tropical weather conditions. Climate of the rest of the state is sub tropical. Best time to visit the state is between October and April.

  • January — Cold
  • February — Cold
  • March — Warm
  • April — Hot
  • May — Humid
  • June — Humid
  • July — Wet
  • August — Wet
  • September — Wet
  • October — Cool
  • November — Cold
  • December — Cold
Things to do
City Life
Imphal is one of the most famous places to visit in Northeast India. It is bejeweled with lush greenery, pristine lakes and much more. Loktak Lake, Singda Dam, Matai Garden are some of the more tranquil places in the city. Thoubal offers an abundance of green landscapes as well as various facilities. It has several markets like Athokpam Bazaar and Ningombam Luxmi Bazaar where you can buy souvenirs.
History & Heritage
Red Hill Lokpaching is a place of great historical significance to World War. II. Visiting this place will take you through the colonization era and give you a sense of unity and strength that prevailed back then. Kangla Fort, also known as Palace of Kangla, is situated on the banks of the Imphal river. Having served as the royal palace of past Meetwi rulers, this fort has immense historical and architectural significance. Khongjom War Memorial Complex, located in Thoubal, was built in remembrance of the brave fighters of Anglo-Manipur War. This complex houses the world's tallest sword statue. Tonglon Caves are the most famous caves of Churachandpur. Owing to ancient carvings and sculptures, these caves are regarded as one of the best historical and cultural highlights of the town. Shaheed Minar and INA Memorial are other places worth visiting to know more about the history of Manipur.
Museums
Manipur State Museum is a major tourist attraction of the state. The museum has galleries that house materials of archeology, natural history and ethnology. The exquisite collection includes Manipuri textiles, agricultural equipment, tribal ornaments and other items of cultural relevance to the state. Three Mothers Art Gallery showcases the rich tradition, history and culture of Manipur through Driftwood Sculpture Art. Other popular museums includeAndro Gramshang, Gwarok Mahadeva Yairipok, People's Museum and Tuibuong Tribal Museum.
Nature & Adventure
Senapati is a scenic hamlet with almost 80 percent of area covered in verdant forest. Its innate serenity will help calm your body, mind and soul. The locals are very welcoming and you'll never know when the woodlands and dense forests will feel like home. Makhel Cave, Sadu Chiru Waterfalls, Purul, Mao, Dzukou Valley are some of the prime attractions of Senapati. Dzukou Valley is a breathtaking sight to behold. This vibrant valley is named after the rare Dzukou Lilly which is only found in this region. The valley is dotted with colorful flowers and trekking trails. Sadu Chiru Waterfall has become a major tourist attraction because of its graceful cascading waters, mystical mist and serene surroundings. It's a picture-perfect attraction for all the nature lovers. Ukhrul is a scenic and adventurous splendour. Tea garden visits and trekking are among the most common activities. Nillai Tea Estate, Kachou Phung Lake, Khangkhui Cave, Khayang Peak and Shirui Kashong Peak are prime attractions of Ukhrul. You can go hiking to high-altitude lakes which are Zeilad, Nrouzei, Guiluazei, Guiphuapzei, and Napsaamzei. You can also trek to the meadows of Bamgaizang, Buning Meadows, Dzukou Valley and Shirui Hills. Trekking the highest peak in Manipur viz. Mount Isii, can be strenuous but is worth it owing to the scenic views, rolling hills and vibrant flowers. Kisha Khou, Shirui Kashung Peak and Khayang Peak are also ideal for trekking. You can also indulge in caving in Tamenglong's Tharon Caves and the caves of Khangkhui Mangsor. Ngaloi Falls, Barak Waterfall, Tengnoupal, Thoubal River, Imphal River are few of the other scenic spots in Manipur.
Lakes
Loktak Lake, consisting of many small islands and swaps, is best explored via boating. The pristine lake with a scenic backdrop of mountains is a breathtaking sight. It is also home to Keibul LamJao, the most popular national park in the state. Sendra Island is another prime attraction of this lake. Pumlen Pat is a freshwater lake covered by floating soil and vegetation similar to that of Loktak Lake. Zeilad Lake is home to several aquatic flora and fauna such as tortoises, cranes, teals, ducks and a number of fish species. Pythons are also seen at this lake. Though located at a great height, this lake never experiences change in the water level. Other scenic lakes include Ikop Lake, Waithou Lake, Louis Lake and Loukoi Pat Lake
Wildlife
Keibul Lamjao National Park, situated at the southeastern part of the Loktak Lake, is home to endangered species of Brow-antlered deer. It is the only 'Floating National Park' in the world. This evergreen forest also shelters other fascinating mammals such as wild boar, large Indian civet, hog deer, musk shrew and bay bamboo rat, among others. It's also ideal for bird watching as it houses a myriad of avifaunal species. Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary is home to multiple species of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Bird watchers have a great time here as several endangered bird species can be sighted here. Zeilad Wildlife Sanctuary, Manipur Zoological Gardens and Sirohi National Park are few of the other places in the state with rich biodiversity and exotic wildlife.
Temples/Places of Worship
Shree Govindaji Temple, located near the royal palace is one of the major temples in Manipur. Built in Nagara style of architecture, this temple is dedicated to various Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Mahabali temple, located in Imphal, is one of the famous temples in Manipur. Situated alongside the pristine Imphal river, this temple offers surreal views of the surrounding landscape. Bishnupur is home to numerous temples that are not only spiritual but also display architectural excellence. Jor Bangla Temple, Panch Ratna Temple, Sridhara Temple are just few of the many majestic temples housed by Bishnupur. Vishnu Temple is a 15th century temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Today this temple is a protected historical monument. Mei Mutaba is an ancient traditional Hindu temple located in Andro. A sacred fire lit about 1,000 years ago has been preserved till now by the local community. This fire renders a mythical value to this temple. Krishna Temple, Sanamahi Temple, Nityananda and Narasimha Temple, Radha Krishnachandra ISKCON Temple, Ebudhou Thangjing Temple are some of the other prominent places of worship in Manipur.
How to spend time / how long will it take?

You can cover a major chunk of Manipur in 5 to 7 days. Starting off in Imphal, spend two days exploring the lakes, museums, local markets, historical monuments and gardens. From here, go to Moirang to spend a day visiting the scenic Loktak Lake and Keibul LamJao National Park. Spend a day or two in Senapati to enjoy your time amidst lush green hills and majestic waterfalls. Take a day trip to Dzukou Valley to indulge in hiking and sightseeing. Your next stopover for a day or two can be Ukhrul. If you seek adventure with a divine blend of nature then visit the Khayang Peak and Shirui Hill. You can also relax by exploring the tea estates and beautiful lakes. Spend a day in Thoubal to explore the cultural sites and the Khongjom War Memorial Complex. For a spiritual ambience spend a day in Bishnupur to visit the fascinating temples it houses. You can end your trip in Churachandpur to spend a day visiting the Ngaloi Waterfalls, Khuga Dam, Tonglon Cave etc. 


Cuisine
  • Manipur is well-known for its delicious and nutritious cuisine. Most of the ingredients used are organic which contributes to the health factor. Different types of herbs such as chives, mint, basil and pepper are widely used. Some famous dishes include Kangshoi(vegetable stew), Eromba, Singju(salad), Paaknam, Chak-hao Kheer, Alu Kangmet, Nga-Thongba and Morok Metpa.
Costs
  • While meal prices in Manipur can vary, the average cost of food is approximately INR 150 per meal.
  • Sim card cost depends on the package you opt for but the starting price is mostly INR 100. Certain important documents may be required for identity proof purposes.
Visa
  • Indian Passport and OCI Card holders do not require a Visa
  • Others need to apply for an Indian visa
Season to Visit
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 5 - 7 days

Known For
  • Culture
  • Hills
  • Valleys
  • Forests
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Temples
  • Trekking
Areas to Visit
  • Mt. Isii, Dzukou Valley, Shirui Kashung Peak & Khayang Peak for nature and trekking
  • Bishnupur for ancient temples
  • Loktak Lake and Sadu Chiru Waterfall for scenic landscapes
  • Ukhrul for tea plantations tour and adventure

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