Imphal is the capital of the beautiful northeastern state of Manipur. It has many charming, unique and a variety of tourist attractions. Here is a list of places to see in Imphal:
Places to See in Imphal
The Loktak Lake is a large freshwater lake in Imphal and is also known as the Floating Lake, because of various decomposed organic matter floating on the lake's surface. The Loktak Lake is an important source of livelihood for many fishermen. A new resort by the name of Phubala has been opened near the lake and provides water sport and other adventure sport activities to visitors.
Red Hill Lokpaching is located on Tiddim Road. This place is of great historical significance as it is the site where British and Japanese armies fought during the World War II in 1944. The battle continued for nine days.
Keibul Lam Jao National Park
One of the islands near the Loktak Lake area has been transformed into the Keibul Lam Jao National Park. This park serves as the last natural habitat of the endangered Manipuri Brow-Antlered Deer (Cervus eldi eldi), better known as the Sangai. It is the only floating national park in the world.
Imphal Valley spans over an area of 1,843 sq km. It features an oval shaped canyon formed as a result of drainage of many small rivers such as River Imphal, Iril, Thoubal, Khuga and Sekmai originating from the neighbouring hills.
Located near the Imphal River right in the centre of the city, Kangla Fort was the royal palace of the king of Manipur. The fort is now open to the public and commands a lot of religious, archeological and historic importance.
Leimapokpam Keirungba Temple
Leimapokpam Keirungba Temple is a well-known site of religious importance. Built in 1875, this temple has a square cubical (brick-made) structure. Its architecture is impressive. The temple is dedicated to a local deity of Manipur.
This all women's market is the largest in the northeast and the most fascinating tourist attraction in Manipur. Run by over 300 women, this market stocks almost everything, right from vegetables, fish and fruit, to household items, cloth and pottery items.
The War Cemetery in Manipur is managed by the Commonwealth Graves Commission and is an effort to preserve the memory of the Indian and British soldiers who lost their lives during the Second World War. The cemetery has been beautifully maintained and each grave has been marked with bronze plaques recording the sacrifice of fearless warriors.
The Manipur State Museum houses a display on the culture, nature and history of Manipur. There is also a special gallery for children to make the visit interesting for them. Apart from this, the museum also conducts cultural appreciation courses and science fairs.
Manipur Zoological Gardens
Located 5 km away from Imphal, this garden is known for preserving and breeding rare and protected species of animals. One such rare species (not only in India, but in the world), the Brow-Antelered Thaimin Deer can be found here. The zoological gardens are surrounded by beautiful green hillocks and the atmosphere here is calm and peaceful.
Shri Govindjee Temple
Situated in the same complex as the Kangla Fort, this temple was the chosen place for any cultural activity during the time of the kings. The temple houses many idols of Hindu Gods such as Krishna, Balaram, Jagannath and Subhadra etc. The atmosphere in this temple is very vibrant and one can constantly hear chanting of religious mantras.
Located in the heart of Imphal city, Shaheed Minar symbolises the spirit of Manipuris who sacrificed their lives in the 1891 Anglo-Manipuri War. The towering minar commemorates martyrs including Bir Tikendrajit and General Thangal who were hanged to death on 13th August, 1891.