Travelling is a therapeutic luxury treatment which can instill different knowledge into our wisdom. The Northeastern state of India, Manipur gives us a glimpse of cultural, hierarchical and historical amusements along with one of the most important element which can immediately make us feel good is the natural picture perfect landscapes.
Top 10 Places to Visit in Manipur:
The naturally lush green state Manipur has many places to explore. Check list of popular Waterfalls, Lakes, Monuments, Cave, famous Valley & markets of Manipur along with history of each place and it is important in culture.
The Loktak Lake
The largest freshwater lake in the Northeastern states "The Loktak Lake" spreading across an area of 280sq km is home to the last natural refuge of the endangered species "Sangai", Manipur brow antlered deer and one of the three species of Eld's deer. In the arms of this lake, their lies different species of animals and aquatic plants but this lake is called a birder paradise as birds species such as Northern hill myna, Black kite, East Himalayan pied, Lesser eastern jungle crow, Kingfisher, Burmese pied myna and Lesser skylark and many such other rare species are to be found. The best possible time to visit this lake is during the summer season because one could experience its profound serenity in nature when the water level goes down.
Depicting the royalty of the former rulers of Manipur since 33 AD, the Kangla fort is an epitome of impressive heritage located in the capital city of Manipur, Imphal. Occupied by the British in 1891, this old palace withstood several attacks and invasions and is one of the most attractive tourist spots in Manipur.
The War Cemetery in Imphal
The battle which is termed as the Normandy of the East witnessed the bloods and death battles of more than thousands of British and Indian soldiers while defending India from the brutal and cruelties of the Japanese forces. Located in a small locality of Imphal, Dewlahland, this war cemetery holds the names of more than 1600 young soldiers each written aesthetically to mark their heroic deeds and sacrifice they did to protect the country.
Shree Govindaji Temple
A Vaishnav temple dedicated to the lord Sri Sri Baikunth Nath for believing to give an eternal peace to the departed soul of Thounaojam Kunjakishwor Singh, lies on one of the prime location next to the Kangla fort. It has two gold plated domes, a paved court and two large congregation hall constructed back in 1846 during the reign of Maharaja Nara Singh and rebuilt again by Maharaja Chandrakriti in 1876.
This beautiful white Manipuri temple, reconstructed in Gothic style for roof lies in the lap of nature in Jiriban which is approximately 12.5 kms away from the capital city, Imphal. The surrounding of the temple is peaceful forest area with a mesmerising and enchanted view. This Sanamahi temple is considered to be one of the oldest temples of Asia.
The Iskon Temple
One of the most artistically decorative temple constructed using bricks and white cement sets a visually unique retreat for the eyes with a dome shaped roof. The roof has different portrayals of Lord Krishna's life activities through paintings.
The Singda dam is the highest mud dam in the world. A drive away to withstand its picturesque scenic landscapes along the lush green paddy fields in the remote place of Manipur valley could lead the traveller to an imaginary land.
Famous for its profound lilies found only in the valley, Dzukou valley is one tough mountaineering trekking spot in the North-eastern region of India. It is a beautiful valley shared by two neighbouring states Manipur and Nagaland. This valley is rich in flora and fauna and is home to Blyth's tragopan, which is the state bird of Nagaland.
This limestone cave with a delicate design from the natural slow tripping water over the roof could accommodate 100 odd people at a time. It is located in a small locality called Hungpung. This natural yet man made cave is an ideal place for all the nature beavers which is yet to be explored fully.
Ima keithel market, Imphal
This market whose origins dates back to the 16th century is run by married Manipuri women. This market specially favors the women as the stalls or the shop gets on to the next generation of Manipuri women. It deals with all kinds of households items and textiles to different handicrafts. This market of matriarchs is flourishing even in supplying different types of food ranging from authentic food to local groceries. This market in Imphal has a different vibes of historic and cultural heritage of Manipur.