It is one of the destinations in North East India
that have a charm of its own. There are not many hotspots as per tourism statistics but when you visit that place, you feel elated. It will give a feeling that
why now why did we not explore the region earlier. Located in the northeast part of India it will charm you with its simplicity and serenity. Manipur tourism
is a great option if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.The state is located on the far north east border below Nagaland, has been
described as the Jewel of the East due to its picturesque hills and valleys. Its capital, Imphal, is surrounded by wooded hills and lakes. Manipur is also home
Loktak Lake, the largest fresh water lake in the north-east region. Much of it falls within Keibuk Lamjao National Park. Manipur has recently begun taking
steps to develop its tourist potential, which is essential as the state struggles to overcome poverty in rural areas and rebellions between ethnic groups. A
Lemon Festival is held every January in Kachai and the Kang Chingba Festival is also a huge event. Keibul Lamjao National Park is a must for travellers and the
Manipur Zoological Garden located just six kilometers from Imphal is also worth visiting. The state is rich in culture and heritage. Tourist can enjoy various
fairs, festivals, dance, music and the traditional sport of Manipuris - archery.
Manipur is a state in north eastern India, with the city of Imphal as its capital. Its people include the Meetei, Kuki, Naga, Pangal, Gorkhali and Bishnupriya Manipuri, who speak different types of Sino-Tibetan languages. The state has a diverse group of ethnic groups speaking different languages and dialects, variously practicing Hinduism, Christianity, Sanamahism, Buddhism, Islam and other folk religions. Four major river basins are in Manipur State: the Barak River Basin or Barak Valley to the west, Manipur River Basin in central Manipur, Yu River Basin in the east and a portion of the Lanye River Basin in the north. The Barak River is the largest of river, originates in the Manipur Hills and is joined by a number of tributaries such as the Irang, Maku, and Tuivai. Other important rivers draining the state are Maku, Jiri, Irang, Leimatak, Chamu, Khunou and other short streams. The ideal time for tourism in the state, in terms of climate, is from October to February, when the weather remains bright and sunny without the sun being too hot. Know the Keibul Lamjao National Park in Manipur. The virgin terrains of the state are breathtakingly enchanting. One must visit places to experience the panorama of nature, the warmth and hospitality of people, lavish blossoms and coy rivers making their way through the rugged terrains.
Spread in an area of 40 square kilometers Keibul Lamjao National Park in Manipur is probably the worlds only 'floating sanctuary' that comprises of wetland overgrown with 1.5 meter deep floating vegetation (called Phumdi).
Airways - Imphal is connected by air to important cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Aizawal and Silchar. Imphal
is the second largest airport in the region. Imphal is connected to Kolkata, New Delhi, Guwahati, Aizwal, Dimapur & Silchar by regular flight of Air India, Jet
Airways, Indigo and North East Shuttles.
Railways - Imphal cannot be reached directly by rail. You can reach up to Guwahati and Dimapur by rail and from there onwards take a bus or flight to reach Imphal. National Highway number 39 links Imphal with railhead at Dimapur in Nagaland 215 kilometers to the north. National Highway Number 53 links Imphal with railhead at Jiribam 225 kilometers in the south-west. Railways will reach Imphal by 2016 as per the government of India planning schedule.
Roadways – Deluxe and private coaches run daily from Imphal to Guwahati, Dimapur and back thus facilitating along the 3 National Highway i.e. National Highway Number 39 via Nagaland, National Highway Number 53 via Silchar & National Highway Number 150 via Mizoram, criss crossing the state and connecting all the districts. Sourashtra - Silchar Super Highway Project is being extended to Moreh, the border town Manipur has with Myanmar. With the proposed Moreh to Mae Sot (Thailand) highway coming up, Manipur is poised to become the Gateway to the South-East Asia.