The word Manipur in Hindi means "the jewel of a land" which seems to be a deserving epithet for Manipur in all terms.
The erstwhile princely state came under the British rule in after the defeat in Anglo-Manipuri war in 1891. After the Independence in 1947, the state merged in the Indian Union and became a full-fledged state in 1972.
The state boasts of an unparalleled beauty. The oval shaped valley, surrounded by smoky hills looks like an exquisite artwork of the almighty. Nature has poured her choicest gifts to create Manipur. Hills and forests combine to craft out an idyllic retreat.
The charm of Manipur springs from its off-the-beaten-track image. Manipur as a tourist destination still remains off the limelight. That the people of the world still do not travel to Manipur in large flocks has in turn helped to retain its unspoilt grace.
Demographics of the Manipur
|Location||Northeastern part of India|
Nagaland on the north
Myanmar (Burma) on the east
Mizoram on the south
Assam on the west.
|Latitude||23.83° to 25.68° North|
|Longitude||93.03° to 94.78° East|
|Area||22,327 sq. km|
|Climate||Summer - warm|
Winter - Very cold
|Average Annual Rainfall||147 cm|
|Languages||Manipuri, Hindi, English, Burmese, Tibeto|
|Best Time to Visit||October to February|
|Clothing||Summer - cottons|
Winter - Woolens
How to Reach Manipur
As one of the seven sisters states in the northeastern part of India, Manipur boasts of an unspoiled beauty lying in an oval valley amongst smoky blue hills. The exotic landscape is predominantly hilly terrains full of wooded patches watered by the rivers Imphal, Iril, Thoubal, Irang and Barak.
Manipur has an airport located at its capital city Imphal. The airport at Imphal is well connected with major Indian Cities like Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. Indian airlines have regular operation to this city and other important cities in the North-East of India.
The state of Manipur has a railway station in Modpur which receives trains from some parts of the country. Besides, other northeastern cities like Guwahati, Dimapur, Silchar which have railway stations and are serviced by important trains to and from the rest of the country. From these cities one can reach Manipur by road.
The road network is quite efficient in Manipur. National Highway 39 connects Manipur with major cities like Guwahati, Dimapur, Kohima, Schilchar in the northeastern part on India.
Manipur Entry Formalities
The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, issues Restricted Area Permit for foreigners intending to visit Manipur. It can also be obtained from Indian Missions abroad, Foreign Regional Registration office (FRRO) in Mumbai, Kolkata, Immigration office in Chennai and the Home Commissioner, Government of Manipur, Imphal.
Inner Line Permit, required for the Indians to visit Manipur, is issued by the Liaison officers of the Government of Nagaland at New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong and the Sub-Divisional Office (Civil) Dimapur. Deputy Commissioner, Imphal.
Shopping in Manipur
Shopping in Manipur is undoubtedly a very interesting and exciting experience, especially for those who have a special love for handloom articles. The state of Manipur is world famous for its handloom clothes and other traditional artifacts.
There are some particular items, without which, Manipur shopping remains incomplete. These articles are the very famous:
- Bed covers of Moirangfee Motif
- Silk Sarees
- Cotton Sarees
- Bamboo Articles
- Papier Mache
- Ivory Articles
Manipur travel agents
The Manipur travel agents are mushrooming all over the country to provide attractive tourist packages to the wanderlust driven sightseer. Manipur, northeast India's jewel in the crown, is an upcoming tourist destination. The state is famed for its age-old history, mythological sagas, martial glory, panoramic vistas, cultural extravaganzas as well as its tribal legacy. Consequently, the state is emerging as forerunner of the nation's tourism.
From the tourism point of view, Manipur has it all. Be it the primordial temples, museums, war cemeteries, sprawling orchards, quaint tribal villages, cascading waterfalls or sylvan lakes, the virgin terrains of northeast India are endowed with it all.
There are several Manipur Tour Operators who offer a plethora of options for tourists to explore the state. The tours usually extend across a span of 15 days and take tourists on a comprehensive sightseeing trip all across Manipur. They take care of the tourist's requirements, make arrangements for their transport and accommodate them in comfortable hotels whose tariffs are priced according to the purchasing power of the tourists.
The travel agents chalk out an effective plan that will take tourists across the spectacular locales of Imphal, the capital of Manipur, as well as the picturesque districts of Tamenglong and the tribal villages of Chandel. They also provide tourists the opportunity to participate in adventure sports like polo or indulge in trekking or mountain climbing.
For further information on Manipur Travel Agents, contact the following tour guides:
- Access India Travel
- Rama Movers
- West India travel Tours
- India Wildlife Travel & Tours
- Buddhist India
- Luxury India Travel
- India Travel Forum
- Indus The Indian Specialist
- Compass Tours & Travels
Places to Visit in Manipur
- Govindajee Temple
- War Cemetery
- Khonghampat Orchidarium
- Zoological Gardens
Last Updated on : 17/09/2013