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Manipur India Holiday Guide to Manipur Tourism

Manipur India Holiday Guide to Manipur Tourism

The hills of Manipur define its landscape with rolling valleys often covered in light vegetation. The state is to the south of Nagaland and north of Mizoram and borders the famous Assam to its west. The tribal people of Manipur often inhabit the hilly regions of the state though can sometimes be found in the valleys. With well over two million people calling this state home, it isn’t surprising that there are 29 varying dialects among its people.

Manipur

Manipur, meaning jewelled land, is a wonderfully scenic area of India if you are able to travel that far. Since the separatist advocates engaged in violence to gain sovereignty, to travel to the state you must first obtain a special permit as it is categorised as a “sensitive area” due to these troubles. Furthermore most areas require Manipur tourists to take leadership from an authorised tour guide. Although this can be very restricting for travellers, it is largely for your safety. 

Most fly into Manipur’s capital, Imphal, and then hire a guide to take them further into the state. Many take the trip out to the Khwairamband Bazaar that is populated with around 3,000 women who sell everything from vegetables to house ware. The women are known to be very friendly and photogenic so make sure you take some snapshots to remember your time here and capture the bright stalls in their entirety. The bazaar is open from 7am to 5pm to allow you plenty of time to wonder around and experience as much as possible.

Also get along to the Keibul Lamjao National Park, unique for the fact that it is the world’s only floating park. Situated on Lake Loktak, it is a sanctuary characterised by the floating collection of vegetation that has accumulated over the years. Accommodation is not very comprehensive around here so most take a day trip as you can get to the Park by road from the capital very easily.

Next, check out the Khonghampat Orchidarium. This piece of serene beauty awaits you just 7km from Imphal with over 200 rare treasures of orchid varieties. On the nature side of things, you may as well engulf your senses with the amazing sight of the Leimaram Waterfall. The waterfalls are located in the Senapati District 27km from the capital and surrounded with beautiful flora and fauna, the tallest sitting at approximately thirty metres high.

So if you can be bothered getting a permit and tour guide, there are some true gems hidden away in this state.