The tourist season is from October to February when it is often sunny without being hot and humid. It is bounded by Nagaland to the north, Mizoram to the south, and Assam to the west; Burma (Myanmar) lies to its east. The state covers an area of 22,327 square kilometers and has a population of almost 3 million. Here, we present to you the top 10 places to visit in Manipur.
1. Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park, and Sendra Island
It is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India and is famous for the phumdis floating over it. The lake, in fact, has an intrinsic influence on the economy of communities who inhabit the surroundings of the lake by its natural products like fish and other varieties of vegetables from the greenery around the lake.
A glimpse of the deer in this unique wetland ecosystem is a must for any wildlife enthusiast. Sendra, although a small hillock entangled by the lake-water on all sides is linked with the mainland through a pathway.
2. INA Museum
The INA Museum at Moirang is a treasure of relics connected with Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s struggle against British imperialism to emancipate the Indian motherland and it displays wartime relics and photographs.
3. Kangla Fort
The Palace of Kangla is an old palace at Imphal. It has historical as well as archaeological significance which makes it a great tourist attraction. It was situated on both sides (western and eastern) of the bank of the Imphal River. But now, it remains only on the western side of the bank, only the ruins remain now. Kangla means “dry land” in old Meitei.
4. Imphal War Cemetery
The Imphal War Cemetery is located in Imphal. The cemetery has 1,600 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Earl Louis Mountbatten described the battle fought at Imphal and Kohima as “probably one of the greatest battles in history”.
In 2013, the Battle of Kohima and Imphal was voted as one of the greatest battles in history, based on a national survey conducted by the National Army Museum.
5. Manipur State Museum
This interesting Museum near the Polo Ground has a fairly good collection and display of Manipur’s tribal heritage and a collection of portraits of Manipur’s former rulers. Particularly, interesting items are costumes, arms & ammunition, relics, and historical documents.
6. Shri Govindji Temple
It is the largest Hindu, Vaishnav temple in Imphal city. Twin domes, a paved courtyard, and a large raised congregation hall form a perfect backdrop for priests who descend the steps, to accept offerings from devotees in the courtyard.
The shrines of Lord Krishna and Balaram and Jagannath flank the two sides of the presiding deity. Early hours Prayer (Aarti) is a must for the devoted followers.