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Must visit this ancient market ran by women.

Must visit this ancient market ran by women.  Video Review
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Ema Keithel ( All Women Market)

Ruchi Shitole
16th Feb 17

Kangla Fort with forest surroundings

Kangla Fort with forest surroundings  Video Review
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Kangla

Ruchi Shitole
27th Jan 17

Largest fresh water lake of North East

Largest fresh water lake of North East  Video Review
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Loktak Lake

Ruchi Shitole
12th Jan 17

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Reasons to go to Imphal

1Thalon Cave
Thalon Cave

The Thalon Caves are one among various historic sites of Manipur, located at an altitude of 900 mt above sea level and is around 80 km from Imphal. The caves, which also provide the first concrete evidence of Hoabinhian culture in India, lie under Tamenglong district. Discovered in the year 1946 by the then Maharaja of Manipur, Budhachandra, the cave is located amidst darkness and makes an interesting visit.

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2Get fascinated by The Three Mothers Art Gallery Cum Museum
Get fascinated by The Three Mothers Art Gallery Cum Museum

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sagar Gurumayum shares, “Thangapat Ma pal Palace Compound, Imphal East and Manipur - envisages and epitomizes the rich culture and heritage, ”
HolidayIQ Reviewer Sagar Gurumayum adds, “Three Mothers Art Gallery Cum Museum located at Thangapat Ma pal Palace Compound, Imphal East, and Manipur - envisages and epitomizes the rich culture and heritage, tradition and history of the state.

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3Floating Islands - Loktak Lake, Manipur
Floating Islands - Loktak Lake, Manipur

HolidayIQ Traveller A Majumdar shares, "Loktak lake is a very large lake and important resource for hydroelectricity as well as 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."

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4World's largest floating lake - Loktak Lake, Manipur
World's largest floating lake - Loktak Lake, Manipur

A Majumdar: Loktak lake is a very large lake and important resource for hydroelectricity as well as vegetables. The beauty of the lake is its vastness and floating gardens. The nearby Keibul Lamjao National Park is an important spot. Here the rare Sangai Deer is available. One can enjoy boating in the lake.

Pallab Ghosh: I stayed at The Classic Hotel (Imphal) from 20 to 22 October, 2015. This hotel is located at a nice place with wide roads and the markets are also close. Kangla is very close to it. I was told that it is the only 3-star hotel in Manipur. All the staff speak fluent English. The service was punctual and the response was fast. I liked the buffet breakfast, which started at 6:30 am. The room (Classic Deluxe) was good, the DTH service had all the channels accessible, room service was excellent and there was hardly any power cut. They have an arrangement for tours also. Overall, I enjoyed my stay at this hotel and I recommend it to other travellers.

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5Perch On The Floating Lake- Loktak
Perch On The Floating Lake-  Loktak

Make the most of your long weekend! Take a guilt free vacation at Loktak, the largest freshwater lake in the country. Located about 55km from the capital, Imphal,  the lake is inhabited by local villagers who build thatched huts on these floating ‘islands’ and make their way about the lake in dugout canoes.

HolidayIQ Traveller Roshan Khoirom says, “Go for boating on the lake with the help of the local villagers.” Adds HolidayIQ Traveller Vishal, “There is one independent cottage at Sendra located just beside the lake.”

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Reviews (18)

Sarangthem kumarjit singh

Sarangthem kumarjit singh5.0/5

1 review

Imphal

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

Imphal

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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War Cemeteries premises with greenery
INA Memorial, Imphal

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INA-War Memorial

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