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In ancient times, Bishnupur was known as Lumlangdong. The name Bishnupur was derived from an old temple called "The Bishnu Temple." This is also said that the Vishnu Temple was erected in the year 1793 A.D.
Bishnupur district is the part of Manipur state and it is just 150km from Kolkata via road and 200km via railway. Bishnupur is surrounded by Thoubal district on the east, Imphal West in the north, and Churachandpur on the south and west. The total area of Bishnupur district is somewhere around 500 sq km. Bishnupur is around 27 km away from Imphal, the capital of Manipur. The National Highway 150 connects Imphal with Bishnupur.
Must see places:
A tour of Bishnupur will give you a unique experience. The most amazing places like terracotta temples are archeological structures, which provide a glimpse of ancient India. You can also visit Behulara and Susunia Hills, which are close to Bishnupur district. Nambol, Morrangan and Kumbi are the other famous towns of Bishnupur district. For the food lovers the best places in Bishnupur are the College Road and Bazaar area.
A weeklong festival in Bishnupur is called "Bishnupur Mela" in the month of December. An annual festival in Bishnupur referred to as Jhapan is famous for dance and fight of snakes to delight the goddess Mansa. It's mostly celebrated in August.
Arts and crafts:
Apart from the temples, being a heritage city Bishnupur district is also famous for its expensive sarees, known as "Baluchari saree; " which are made of tussar silk. You can also find bell metal, quaint circular playing cards and shell handicraft here, but one of the most renowned items is beautiful little pottery (including the little terracotta horse called Bankura) that can be a beautiful gift for your friends and loved ones.
How to reach Bishnupur:
The nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata, which is around 150 km from Bishnupur. Direct trains are also available from Howrah station (Near Kolkata) to Bishnupur. Regular bus services from Kolkata are also available. To move inside the city, you can find taxis, auto rickshaws, and pedal rickshaws etc.
Hotels in Bishnupur and the best time to visit:
You can plan your trip at any time of the year, because the climate is mostly humid and moderate in Bishnupur. The temperature in the summer months is not more than 35 °C and in winters it lies between 10-20 °C.
The main tourist attraction in Bishnupur is a weeklong festival "Bishnupur Mela" which takes place in the month of December. You can find nice accommodation to stay in Bishnupur, according to your budget. Hotels and cottages are available here as per your preference; however it is advisable to book it in advance during festival season.
Last Updated on : 15 March 2013