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Must visit this ancient market ran by women.

Must visit this ancient market ran by women.  Video Review

Ema Keithel ( All Women Market)

Ruchi Shitole
16th Feb 17

Kangla Fort with forest surroundings

Kangla Fort with forest surroundings  Video Review


Ruchi Shitole
27th Jan 17

Largest fresh water lake of North East

Largest fresh water lake of North East  Video Review

Loktak Lake

Ruchi Shitole
12th Jan 17

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Reasons to go to Imphal

1Thalon Cave
Thalon Cave

900 meters above sea level, the cave might scare you with its darkness but it’s quite interesting. The caves are an attraction as part of the Manipur Tourism Festival and three-week expeditions are organised for tourists. Located at a distance of 80 km from Imphal, the caves can be reached by trekking from Thalon Village.


Read more at 16 Secret Destinations Nobody Will Tell You About

2Loktak Lake, Imphal
Loktak Lake, Imphal

Make your experience count as this is one unique lake. Known as the floating lake, this one is picture perfect to say the least. Plan a stay in Imphal for a memorable experience.

A. Majumdar gives you some insight: "Loktak lake is a very large lake and an important source of hydroelectricity and vegetables. The beauty of the lake is its vastness and floating gardens. We loved to stay here in Sendra Park & Resort. The nearby Keibul Lamjao National Park is an important spot. Here the rare Sangai Deer is available. One can enjoy boating in the lake."


Read more at 5 Lakes So Calm, You Can Almost Hear Your Heartbeat

3Loktak Lake
Loktak Lake

Rakesh:  Characterised by the floating vegetation known as 'phumdi', it is said to be the only floating lake in the world. Besides the fresh water, Loktak Lake is known for its tasty fish. Do pick up some dried fish from the Moirang market located nearby.

Know about the unique floating lake!

Read more at 7 Hidden Places in the Northeast to Explore Today

4Khwairamband Bazaar, Imphal
Khwairamband Bazaar, Imphal

Thokchom Heroji says : Khwairamband-Bazaar is the largest women market in northeast India. Here, you will get all the handloom and handicraft items. The market is also the best place to shop for the freshest produce of Manipur.

Shop till you drop here!

Read more at 7 Hidden Places in the Northeast to Explore Today

Reviews (24)

Sarangthem kumarjit singh

Sarangthem kumarjit singh5.0/5

1 review


Imphal and the rest of the places of Manipur are having the real natural beauty like fresh water lake of loktak moirang and others natural beauty not artificial which will be most attract by the tourist of the world.

Khundrakpam grace anju

Khundrakpam grace anju4.0/5

1 review


The weather was quite good not too Sunny love to float unto the clouths. Food and Shopping: Sorry I didn't try anything as m wit my baby. Highlight of the trip: Lovely trip to hometown wit my cutie

Imphal Overview

Imphal is the capital city of the North Eastern State of Manipur, ‘The Jewel of the East’. Imphal, known for its sylvan beauty, lies at an average elevation of 786 meters above sea level. Since Manipur is a land of many tribes, the history and tradition of Imphal can be deciphered only from the songs, dance, oral tradition, culture, etc. which are still in practice.

The Meitei tribe, which comprises about 60% of the population, has records of their history, tradition, etc. in their ancient scriptures, which are being reconstructed by modern research tools. As per legends, the valleys of Manipur were once submerged in water. All tribes in Manipur lived together until the water in the valleys was drained completely. The weaker tribes moved to settle in the valleys and plains (Tam) and they became Tam-Mi (People of Plains).

The stronger tribes remained in the hills (Ching) and they became Ching-Mi (People of the Hills). People from seven clans of Tam-Mi collectively created Mi-tei Kingdom, whereas the clans of Ching remained individually, each having their own Chieftains.

Imphal, the cultural capital of Manipur, derives its name from Yumphal, which means ‘land of many villages’. Imphal is criss-crossed by several hill ranges, valleys and woods and is dotted with rivers like Imphal, Iril, Sekmai, Thoubal and Khuga and their tributaries.

Imphal is home to many ancient monuments such as temples and ceremonial places, which were constructed during its bygone era. The city has witnessed the reign of many rulers like Pakhangba, Khagemba, Khunjaoba, Maharaja Bhagyachandra, etc.

Imphal rose to prominence during the first Anglo-Manipuri war that took place in 1891 and also during the Battle of Imphal at the time of World War II. Post-Independence, Imphal was divided in to Imphal East and Imphal West, in the year 1997.

Imphal consists of a unique population that comprises of Meiteis, Bamons (Manipuri Brahmins), Pangans (Manipuri Muslims), hill tribes like Kabuis, Tangkhuls, Paite, etc. and Indian migrants like Marwaris, Punjabis, Bengalis, Biharis, etc. The languages used in Imphal are Meiteilon (Meitei language or Manipuri), Hindi, English, Burmese and Tibetan.

Imphal can easily be reached by air from cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Aizawal and Silchar. Imphal can also be accessed by roads from Guwahati, Silchar, Dimapur and Kohima.

Kangla Fort, Shree Govindajee Temple, War Cemeteries, Ima Keithel, Manipur Zoological Gardens, Manipur State Museum, Matai Garden, Sambal-Lei-Sekpil garden, etc. are the prime attractions of Imphal Tourism. Imphal also offers excursions to popular destinations like Keibul Lamjao National Park, Chandel, Churachandpur, Senapati and Tamenglong.

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War Cemeteries, Imphal

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War Cemeteries
War Cemeteries, Imphal

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M d Baruah

War Cemeteries premises with greenery
INA Memorial, Imphal

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INA-War Memorial

There is so much to see in Imphal.

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