Manipur has a lot to offer to the tourists visiting this state. Some of the places to Visit in Manipur are the Shree Govindajee Temple a pilgrimage as well as historic center of the Vaishnavite, Kaina a sacred place of Hindus, Khwairamband Bazar a market place run by women, Manipur Zoological Garden renowned for the rare sangai deer, apart from the beautiful Loktak Lake and Sendra Island. Besides, Langthabal, Moirang, Moreh, Phubala, Singda, Khongjom, Sahid Mandir, Khonghampat Orchidarium, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Sekta Archeological Living Museum, and the Manipur State Museum are surely worth a visit. Travel hot will provide you with suitable itinerary for Manipur so that the major places of tourist interest in Manipur can be covered in the specific time period.
The Shree Govindajee Temple
The temple of Shree Govindajee in Imphal is devoted to Lord Krishna. It is a very important centre for the Vaishnavaites. It is located in Imphal, the capital city of the northeastern Indian state of Manipur. In this temple, Lord Krishna is seen in the form of Govinda. The temple of Shri Govindaji is the abode of four deities, all of which are forms of Lord Vishnu. According to Hindu Mythology Lord Vishnu is considered as the preserver of Mankind. The Shree Govindajee Temple has a shrine dedicated to Vishnu, with the holy images of Balaram and Krishna on one hand and Jagannath on the other. Arrangements for prayers and dances are regularly made in the temple premises. The temple of Govindajee consists of a huge hall and two golden domes. This highly respected temple in Manipur is located at the center of the city of Imphal. The local people come to this temple to offer their prayers to Lord Krishna. Tourists also visit the temple of Shree Govindajee to get the holy blessings of the Lord. The temple was patronized by king Charairongba and built in the year 1704 A.D. A sound panel of flying staircases in the south facing facade matches the sturdy structure of the temple base. The sanctum cube and the porch walls separately support the dome like hemispherical roof. The porch dome is shorter in height. The surface of the dome is decorated with the floral motifs. Above the floral motifs it is shaped in to a short neck to rest the circular crown. The crown further carries two Kalasas placed one above the other. The pinnacle above the top vase also carries a Nil chakra. The internal sanctum is interconnected to the porch hall through a small door. The porch hall is divided in to two chambers partitioned by an iron folding door. The porch door opens outside leading to the staircases. The artistic importance of the temple is that there are different idols of Lord Krishna showing different events from his child hood to adult stage. The modulation of the idols is done in a very artistic manner. These also reflect the artistic antiquity of idol deities.
The Kangla Palace
'Kangla' was the ancient capital of Manipur from the ancient times down to the year 1891 A.D. It is located in the heart of the Imphal city and it is 2,619 feet above mean sea level. It is situated on the western bank of the Imphal River. In ancient times, 'Kangla' was the royal palace since the reign of Pakhangba who ascended the throne in 33 A.D., according to "Cheitharol Kummaba", the royal Chronicle of Manipur. In pre-Pakhangba period, a ruling clan named Khaba ruled from 'Kangla'. 'Kangla' is not only the seat of political power but also a holy place for religious worship and ceremonies. There are a number of ancient treaties/manuscripts especially "Sakoklamlen" "Chinglon Laihui", "Nunglon" etc., which lay down the rules for the construction, worship, ceremonies relating to 'Kangla'. In the heart of the town, and in grounds now occupied by the para-military forces for their training, there are interesting ruins of an old fortress wall and a palace. The sentry at the gate stops vehicles but visitors are permitted to enter once the guard is assured that they have come to see the ruins.
29 km from Imphal, a beautiful hilltop about 921 m. above sea level Kaina is a sacred place of Hindus. According to legend Shri Govindajee appeared to his devotee Bheigyachandra, Maharaja of Manipur in a dream and asked him to build a temple enshrined with his image carved out of a jackfruit tree which was then growing at Kaina. Beautiful hill shrubs and charming natural surroundings give the place a saintly solemnity. Ceremonial dances depicting the divine dream are performed as Ras at the Mandop. Kaina can be reached by bus via Thoubal.
The British and Indian army cemeteries commemorating those who died in the 2nd world war are serene and well-maintained with little stone markers and bronze plaques recording their anguish and sacrifice.
8 km from Imphal on the Indo-Burma road lies this small hill feature with the relics of an old historic palace, well-planned temples and ceremonial houses amidst pine and jackfruit trees planted symmetrically. Overlooking the Manipur University at Canchipur, it offers a pleasant view of the surroundings.
Located at 45 km from Imphal, Moirang holds an ancient temple of the pre-Hindu deity, Lord Thangjing. Every year in the month of May men and women, in gorgeous traditional costumes sing and dance in honor of the lord here at the Moirang Lai Haraoba. It was from the village of Moirang, that the graceful Khamba Thoibi dance originated which is traditionally celebrated in May. It was in Moirang that the flag of the Indian National Army was first hoisted on Indian soil on April 14, 1944. From Imphal to the south is one of the ancient villages of Manipur contributing variety to her culture. During the festival men and women in hundreds dance and sing in honor of Thangjing. At the time of Second World War Moirang was the H. Q. of the Azad Hind Fouz where Netaji subhash Chandra Bose hoisted for the first time the flag of I. N. A. on the Indian soil. Moirang offers I.N.A. memorial with the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
Situated on the Indo-Burma road 36 km from Imphal, this is a place of greatest historic importance. It was here that Major General Paona Brajabashi, one of the great warriors of Manipur, proved his velour against the superior force of the invading British Army in 1891. The hillock of the foot of which he laid down his life in defense of his motherland, is reminiscent of the past heroic deeds of Manipuri warriors. A war memorial on the top of this scenic hill feature adds charm to this heroic site. Khongjom day is celebrated as a state holiday on every year on April 23.
This is the largest fresh water lake in the North Eastern India. Its vast expanse of water with both resident & migratory birds offers scope for shooting, fishing and boating. The importance of Loktak Lake is the little Islands Thanga and Karang in the centre of the lake, labyrinth of boat routes amidst the floating marshes. It lies at a distance of 48 km from Imphal. A huge and beautiful stretch of water, this lake is like a miniature inland sea. From the Tourist Bungalow, set atop Sendra Island, visitors can get a bird's eye view of the lake and the life of the fisherman and their families who live in neat huts on its shores and who make full use of their watery environment. There are buses and cycle rickshaws to cover the last 3 km to Sendra.
An islet in the middle of Loktak Lake is a view point overlooking the lake and its surroundings. A telescope is to be installed here to watch the animals in their natural habits in Keibul. At an altitude of 921 m, 16 km from Imphal in the west is a health resort on the hills overlooking Manipur valley. It is also a mountain pass on the road to Tamenglong.
Ukhrul is a district in the north eastern state of Manipur. It lies about 84 km to the east of Imphal. Ukhrul District is best known for the beautiful Shiroi Lily which is found in its natural habitat on the peak of Shirui Kashong, some 18 km east of the district headquarters. The Tangkhul Nagas form the majority ethnic group in this district. The district Headquarters Ukhrul is linked with Imphal, the state capital by national highway 150. The NH150 also links Ukhrul with Kohima via Jessami. It has the distinction of being the highest hill station of Manipur.
Waithou Lake located at a distance of 16 km from Imphal on the Indo-Myanmar road is a mesmerizing location where the grand lake breaks monopoly of the verdant forests and creates a water body space that stretches for long distances and provides a picturesque weekend relief. Apart from the mandatory water body associations like sports, eateries and gardens, Lake Waithou also presents the most enchanting sight of vast expanses of pineapple slopes gliding down into the lake. It is pure bliss just to sit at the jetty with your feet dangling in cold water beneath and eyes feasting on the natural beauty spread in the front.
The hilly terrains of Tengnoupal flaunt the majestic beauty of the peaks nestled in the natural premise of Manipur. Being a prime tourist destination of Manipur, it is visited by both Indian and foreign tourists. During the peak season Tengnoupal is busy with people coming from all parts of the world. Considered as the highest point of Indo-Myanmar road, Tengnoupal is at a distance of 69 km from Imphal. Moreh is one of the prominent towns which can be visited from Tengnoupal. People coming to Manipur visit Tengnoupal at least once. Due to its highest elevation Tengnoupal is the point from where visitors can have a view of the entire region of Manipur. Being the highest point of the Imphal-Burma road one can have a full view of the valley of Manipur.
A prominent tourist place of Manipur on the Indo-Burma road, Moreh falls under the Chandel district. Known as one of the border towns, Moreh is situated at a distance of 90 km from Chandel. Among the many tourist attractions in Manipur Moreh claims a special mention. Since Moreh is placed on the border areas hence one can also get a glimpse of Myanmar from here. However apart from those who cherish the natural ecstasies, Moreh is also visited by many businessmen. This is because along with its natural beauty Moreh is also a commercially independent place. In recent times the business tours to Moreh have increased many manifolds due to the liberalization of the open border trade policies. Today Moreh generating a sizable amount of revenue which is being generated by the several business units located in the place. Being a significant part of north-east India, Moreh is counted as one of the thriving business hubs. The government of Manipur is taking several initiatives to further encourage the border trade opportunities in order to increase the commercial credibility of Moreh. Major corporate houses of India and other countries are showing keen interest in establishing their bases in Moreh due to its strategic position. We can say that Moreh with its commercial viability has also gained immense popularity as a notable tourism spot of Manipur.