About Manipur...

Manipur seems much like an exquisite work of art executed by superb hands of Nature and is indeed a state of exquisite natural beauty and splendors. Talking about Manipur Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru described it as "Jewel of India" and Lord Irwin named it “Switzerland of India” which is an exotic landscape with gently undulating hills, emerald green valleys, blue lakes and dense forests. It is the sheer tranquility enveloping it, interrupted only by a soft breeze that sets it apart from the other northeastern states, and makes it the ideal getaway. Manipur is located in the north-eastern part of India. It is bounded by Nagaland in the north, Mizoram in the south and Cachar district of Assam in the west. In the east it shares an international border with upper Burma presently known as Myanmar. And from the very inception, this princely state of Manipur has always been a shinning outpost of the country in the sparse of the eastern Himalayas. Imphal, the centrally located capital has an elevation of about 800m above sea level. To the east and south east of Manipur is Myanmar, to the north is Nagaland, to the west is Assam and to the south-west is Mizoram. Manipur is a part of India both from the point of view of geography and culture. One thing worth praising about Manipur is it never lost its basic link with the mainstream of the Indian culture. The culture of Manipur has been a part of Indian culture. It accepted aspects of Indian culture and transmitted them to Burma, China and other lands of East Asia. The religious movement of Manipur in the 18th century conveys the spirit of universality and strengthens the bounds of unity. The green state of Manipur and Imphal its capital has all the fine merged tints of colors. Faiths and traditions and life styles seem to flow into each other with a soft edged grace so that it is impossible to know where one ends and the other begins.

The women of Manipur are trained in the fierce local Martial art known as Thang-ta. The people here are very polite and hospitable. Rich in its culture, tradition and ethnicity Manipur is one of the seven northeastern states of India. Another interesting thing about Manipur is that the Raasleelas and the classical dance of Manipur hold a very significant position in the cultural map of India. The folk dances of tribal people captivate the beholders with their exotic costumes and simple but graceful rhythm. Their folklore is quite rich in quality. The dances of the tribal people are both ritualistic and recreational, religious and temporal. The ritual dances are performed at a particular rite or ceremony or sacrifice and these dances naturally have a spiritual and religious basis. The dances of the tribal people have a high artistic and aesthetic value. The folk dances of tribal people captivate the beholders with their exotic costumes and simple but graceful rhythm. Their folklore is quite rich in quality. The ritual dances are performed at a particular rite or ceremony or sacrifice and these dances naturally have a spiritual and religious basis. The dances of the tribal people have a high artistic and aesthetic value. The rich culture and tradition of Manipur is also depicted in its handloom clothes and handicrafts. With sites like the Loktak Lake and the Khonghampat Orchidarium, Manipur is also famous for its natural beauty. Manipur has a low-lying basin in its center surrounded by high-range mountains that sometimes reach up to a height of about 2000 meters.