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Manipur

The Land of Jewels

Manipur - Overview

Manipur is truly known as the Jewel of India because of the limitless beauty found here. It is also known as the Shangri La of North East India. Nature Goddess is at her best in this place. The place is so pure and clean because it is not much explored or visited. Manipur is sure to be the biggest tourist destination discovered during the 21st century.

The entire state of Manipur is in the shape of an oval. Surrounded by bluish-green hills covered with mist, serene valleys, clear streams, rich art and culture, placid lakes, exquisite flora and fauna and the infinite natural beauty has earned Manipur the nickname of “Switzerland of the East”. Nagas, Gorkhas, Meitei and Kuki-Chin-Mizo are the main tribal communities that are living here. Some of the people living here also follow the religion of Islam.

The tribal community of people are experts in folk music, dance, art and artefacts, paintings, handicrafts, martial arts, games, handlooms, story-telling etc. Manipur is famous for its dance and Phug Cholom. There are quite a few peaks that are situated around this state. These safeguard the state very well. The climate here is pleasant all through the year, which is why it attracts a lot of international and domestic tourists. The scenic monuments, serene monasteries, mist-covered peaks, placid lakes, wildlife reserves and other pilgrimage places are some of the must-see places in Manipur. The architecture of the temples in Manipur has a unique style and it attracts a lot of tourists. All the temples of the state are constructed as per the rules laid out in the Vastu Shastra and have huge mandaps. The architectural style found in most of the temples in Manipur bear a striking similarity to the pattern followed in the temples of West Bengal. One of the main tourist spots in Manipur is the Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is located near the capital city of Imphal. This park has the unique distinction of being the first and only floating sanctuary of the world, as it constructed over wetlands stretching up to 40sq.km. This place is a paradise for nature and wildlife lovers, as rare and exotic species of flora and fauna can be spotted here.

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Loktak Lake

Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India, and is famous for the phumdis (heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matter at various stages of decomposition) floating over it. Keibul Lamjao is the only floating national park in the world. It is located near Moirang in Manipur state, India.[1] The etymology of Loktak is Lok = "stream" and tak = "the end". The largest of all the phumdis covers an area of 40 km2 (15 sq mi) and is situated on the southeastern shore of the lake.

The Palace of Kangla

The Palace of Kangla is an old palace at Imphal in Manipur (Kangleipak). It was situated on both sides (western and eastern) of the bank of the Imphal River. But now it remains only on the western side of the bank. Only the ruins remain now. Kangla means "dry land" in old Meetei. It was the traditional seat of the past Meetei rulers of Manipur.

Imphal War Cemetery

The Imphal War Cemetery is located in Imphal, the capital of the Indian state of Manipur, in Northeast India, which has an international border with upper Burma (now Myanmar). The cemetery has 1,600 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Shri Govindjee Temple

Shri Govindjee Temple is a prominent place of worship for the Vaishnavite cult in Imphal. Built by King Churachand, this temple complex features a beautifully manicured vatica (garden), a lake and open space with lofty trees. It is believed that the idol of the presiding deity, Lord Shri Govindjee was brought here from the old Govindjee Temple of the Kangla Palace.

Imphal Valley

Imphal Valley is a marvellous oval shaped canyon formed as a result of drainage of many small rivers that origin from neighbouring hills. The water in the valley is fetched from several rivers, such as River Imphal, Iril, Thoubal, Khuga and Sekmai.

Red Hill

This is the place where there was a fight between british and japanese people during second world war. This place is situated about 16km from the imphal main city. This is the worth visited place among the tourists especially for japanese tourists. War veterans had constructed “india peace memorial” a monument in memory of japanese soldiers who died in the battle. It is a place of pilgrimage for japanese tourists. The architecture of this memorial is iconic. You can also find various carvings on this monuments which adds beauty to this place.

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