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Manipur has a lot to offer to tourism
enthusiasts. Imphal, the beautiful capital city in the valley; Mao
and Ukhrul, the picturesque hill resorts; Taminglong, with its
exotic landscape; Chandel, home to amazing tribes; Khonggom and Moirang,
reminders of the British Raj in India; and a glimpse into the neighbouring
country of Burma, through Moreh town on the border... a visit to these
magnificent places, leaves a lingering impression on the mind of the visitor.
Important festivals of Manipur are the Dol Yatra (Holi) in
March, Rath Yatra (Car fesival) in June-July and Durga Puja in
September-October. Manipuri Hindus celebrate New Year Day, in the second week of
Manipuri dance is the perfect representation of Manipuri
culture. The dance is often devoted to religious themes, while the Raas
Lila (love story of Radha and Krishna) dominating it. The 29 tribes of
Manipur have different dances to offer - Lai Haroba (feast of dances,
representing celebrations of Gods), Pung Cholem (Mridang dance), Mao Naga dance,
the priestess dance of Malbe Jagoi, Thangal Surang dance etc. The vibrant
culture of the Manipuris is reflected in their dance and drama.
The busy city of Imphal is the state
capital. It is connected to Guwahati (Assam) through National Highway No.
39 and Silchar through National Highway No. 53.
Places to visit
This simple and elegant Vaishnavite temple is situated near the
palace of Manipur's former Maharajas. The principal deity, vishnu is
posted along the Shrines of Krishna and Balram. The temple is
Characterised by two golden domes , a courtyard and a raised assembly hall.
Ima Market is one of its kind. It is an all women's market
with 3000 "imas" or mothers running the different shops in the market.
Every item ranging from vegetables to elegant handlooms is available here.
Shaheed Minar is the commemorative structure built to pay homage
to the local martyrs who sacrificed their lives against the British in 1891. Also in the city is the War Cemetry that commemorates the
sacrifice of every life, Indian or British.
The State Museum showcases a
wide variety of works of art, archaeology, textiles, portrait collection of the
erstwhile rulers of the state and armoury of the Royal army.
The Khwairamband Bazar is the
perfect place for shopping enthusiasts, where all the shopkeepers are women.
Situated at 8 kms from Imphal, lies
this tower which has salvaged the remains of time in the form of Palace, temples
and ceremonial houses.
7 kms from Imphal on Highway No. 39, is the Central Orchidarium,
which covers 200 acres and houses over 120 rare varieties of orchids, which
include almost a dozen endemic species. The peak blooming season is April-May.
The Manipur zoological Garden is at the foot of the pine growing
hills at Iroisemba on the Imphal-Kangchup Road. You well find here the
graceful Brow Antlered Deer, one of the rarest species in the world.