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TOURS TO IMPHAL

Geographical Outline
The Imphal West District falls in the Category of Manipur valley region. It is a tiny plain at the centre of Manipur surrounded by Plains of other districts. Imphal City, the State Capital is the nodal functional centre of this District. As a first glance, we may summarized as in the table.

It is surrounded by Seaport District on the north, on the east by Imphal East and Thoubal districts, on the south by Thoubal and Bishnupur Districts, and on the west by Senapati and Bishnupur Districts.


How to get there


Air: Indian Airlines connect Imphal, the capital of Manipur, with major cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Silchar. NEPC Airlines has daily flights to Imphal from Guwahati, and Indian Airlines 6 days in a week from Kolkata to Imphal.

Rail: Dimapur town of Nagaland, 215 kms from Imphal, is the nearest railhead. Another railhead is Jiribam, a small town in Manipur 225 kms from Imphal.

Road: Imphal is connected by road with Guwahati (Assam) through National Highway No. 39 and Silchar
(Assam) through National Highway No. 53.

Entry Formalities

All foreigners intending
to visit Manipur can avail of permits from Indian Missions abroad, FRRO offices in Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi, the Immigration Office in Madras and the Home Commissioner, Government of Manipur, Imphal. Areas that can be visited include Imphal City, Loktak Lake, INA Memorial (Moirang) , Sendra, Waithou Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park, and the Khongjom War Memorial.

Domestic tourists intending to visit Manipur by road via Dimapur / Kohima require Inner Line Permits to pass through Nagaland. These are issued by the Liaison officers of the Government of Nagaland at New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong and the Sub-divisional Officer (Civil), Dimapur. The Deputy Commissioner, Imphal West can also issue permits to tourists travelling by road from Imphal to Kohima and Dimapur in Nagaland.

Flora and Fauna

The district is endowed with a rich variety of vegetation. The prevailing climatic conditions are favourable for growing a wide range of herbs, shrubs, and also flowering and non-flowering trees. In addition, a variety of medicinal plants are also grown in the district. Few important varieties of non-fruit bearing trees, fruit bearing trees, etc of worth mentioning are Bamboos, Pepals, Kaubila, Eucalyptus, Amla, Parkai roxburgil (Yongchak), Arundo donax (yendhou), Carica papaya (papaya), Citrus grandia (Pamelo), Mangifera indica (Mango), Prunus domestics (plum), Prumus persica (peach), Pyrus selerotine (pear), Psidium guavaya (guava), Famarin dus
indica (Tamarind).

The abundant existence of wild animals in the district is only of past story. Due to the heavy pressure on land and cleaning of forest land in the valley, the existenceof varieties of animals, birds, fauna are on fast decreasing trend. Fox, deer, wild pig, jungle cat, monkeys and leopards were the important animals once habited in the district. Of which, monkeys are said to be the only animal available in the district (in the premises of Hanuman Thakur mandir at Mahabali). A large variety of birds are found in the district. The common birds available in the district are sparrow, swallow, owl, myna, pigeon, nightingale, king fisher, wood pecker, heren, kite, etc.

People and culture
The people of the district are mostly Manipuris excepting small numbers of non-manipuris living in the District.  Manipuri (Meiteilon) is the main language. There are different kinds of cultural institutions for Manipuri dances viz. Jawaharlal Nehru Dance Accademy, Manipuri Jagoi Marup, etc., one Art College one State Museum, one State Central Library, one State Archives, and some Organised Martial Arts Institutions.

Places to visit

A thing of beauty is a joy forever
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Shree Shree Govindajee Temple
A historic Vaishnavite center, adjoining t
he Royal palace of Manipur's former Maharajas, the Govindajee temple is a simple yet beautiful structure. Twin domes, a pave courtyard, and a large raise congregation hall form a perfect backdrop for priest who decend the steps, to accept offerings from devotees in the courtyard. The shrines of Krishna and Balaram and Jagannath flank the two sides of the presiding deity.

Women's market or Ima keithel

A unique all women's market, having 3000 "Imas" or mothers who run the stalls, it is split two sections on either side of road. Vegetables, fruits, fish and household groceries are sold on one side and exquisite handlooms and household tools on the other. Not far away is a street where beautiful wicker works and basketry are sold.

War Cemeteries

Commemorating the memories of British and Indian soldiers who died during the Second World War, these cemeteries are managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Serene and well maintained, the graves carry little stone markers and bronze plaques recording the sacrifice of those gallant soldiers.

Manipur Zoological Gardens

6 kms to west of Imphal city, at the foot of the pine growing hillocks at Iroisemba on the Imphal-Kanchup Road are the Zoological Gardens. Not to be missed is an opportunity to see the graceful brow antlered deer (Sangai) one of the rarest species in the world, in sylvan surroundings

Manipur State Museum

This interesting museum near the polo ground has a fairly good display of Manipur's tribal heritage and a collection of portraits of Manipur's former rulers. Particularly interesting items are costumes, arms and weapons ,relics and historical documents.

Open: 10 am to 4.30 pm, Monday and Holidays closed

Museums

Museum, an important institution for preservation of relics of human civilization and glorious past of any society, is the mirror through which to see the materials and cultural heritage of the society and civilization. The Manipur State Museum was inaugurated by the late Prime Minister of India, Smt. Indira Gandhi on 23rd  September, 1969. During 32nd years, this Museum has become a full-fledged multipurpose Museum comprising of various Galleries like - Ethnology, Archeology, Natural History, Painting, Jallan, Children's Gallery and an open  air gallery for housing the 78ft long boat called Hiyang Hiren (Royal boat).

Apart from the normal functions of Museum, the Manipur State Museum took up various activities like Museum awareness  programmes, Conservation of Biological specimens, cultural appreciation course, Science fairs, thematic exhibition, mobile exhibition etc.

Now a days, Manipur State Museum has taken up numerous sponsor programmers through National and International Museums.


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