Ten Places To Visit If You Are In Manipur

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1. Kangla Fort ,Imphal

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The Palace of Kangla is an old palace at Imphal in Manipur (Kangleipak) and regarded as the holiest & sacred place for the Manipuris. Kangla means “dry land” in old Meitei. Kangla is the most important historical and archeological site of Manipur. It was the traditional seat of the past Meitei rulers of Manipur. The kingdom of Manipur was established and developed at Kangla. Being a site of political and religious centre, Kangla has grown into a formidable fortress city through the centuries.

Ema Keithel (Mother’s Market)

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 Khwairamband Bazaar In Imphal , also known as the Ema Market, or Nupi Keithel, literally means Mother’s Market. The Ema Market is one of the largest markets run only by women in the country. Main items found here include handloom and handicraft products, like earthen pots, puppets and all kinds of dried fish and vegetables. The three storey building designed in traditional Manipuri style was a much awaited one. The role of women hence emerged as central and plays a bigger role in the family.

2. Loktak Lake, Bishnupur

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Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India, and is famous for the phumdis floating over it. And Keibul Lamjao is the only floating national park in the world. It is located nearby Moirang, Bishnupur. The etymology of Loktak is Lok = “stream” and tak = “the end”. The Keibul Lamjao National Park is the last natural refuge of the endangered Sangai (state animal), Manipur brown-antlered deer or Cervus eldi eldi. This ancient lake plays an important role in the economy of Manipur.

Keibul Lamjao National Park, Bishnupur

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3. Shirui Kashong Peak, Ukhrul

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Shirui Kashong Peak is a popular tourist attraction, lying at an altitude of 2,835 metres above sea level which is located in the Shirui village of Ukhrul District. The peak is famous for two main reasons- most of the major rivers flowing across Ukhrul originate from the slopes and crevices of the peak. Secondly, it is the home place where the famous Shirui lilies (Lilium Macklinia) grow in this place. The flower blooms widely for a short period of time during the months of May and June.It grows only in here thus attracting many botanists from around the world. The locals call the flower Kashing Timrawon.

4. Khangkhui Mangsor Cave, Ukhrul

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The Khangkhui Cave, locally called as the Khangkhui Mangsor Cave, is essentially a natural limestone cave which is located in Khangkhui Khullen, Ukhrul. The wild cave is guided by locals for tourists. Lamps are provided by the guide. Archaeologists have discovered many important artefacts, dating back to the Palaeolithic culture, from this cave. There is also a huge hall inside the cave. The cave was used as a shelter by the local people during World War II.

5. Dzuko Valley, Senapati

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The Dzükou Valley is a valley located at the border of the states of Nagaland and Manipur at an altitude of 2452 m above sea level, behind the Japfü Peak located in Nagaland. This valley is well known for its natural environment, seasonal flowers and flora and fauna. The rare Dzükou Lily is found only in this valley. Dzükou derives its meaning from the Angami word which translates to “Cold Water” referring to the ice cold stream that flows through the valley.

6. Tharon Cave, Tamenglong

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Tharon cave is located at Tamenglong District, Tharon Caves is 655.6 meters long cave having five exits and 34 joints. Tharon Cave was used as a shelter for thousands of years. The cave is of great archaeological and historical significance and was developed for tourism that has interesting destination for adventurers. A plate at the cave entrance shows a map of the 655m long cave system. Khoupum Khouduang (Water fall) in Khoupum Valley is surely a place to explore the most of nature which is there nearby.The height of the waterfall is about 60 to 70 feet. The place is serenely beautiful for a picnic spot.

Khoupum Waterfall, Tamenglong

7. Ngaloi Falls, Churachandpur

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Ngaloi Falls is located in Ngaloimoul village near Churachandpur.The falls are amazingly beautiful and a major tourist attraction. The scenic beauty, greenery around the falls, low-lying mountains and water rushing down from the high hill top, is worth the visit. Many have spent hours watching the tranquil falls cascade down the rocks. The gushing sound of the water, the pleasantly beautiful location makes Ngaloi Falls peaceful.

8. Khongjom War Memorial, Thoubal

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Khongjom War Memorial is located on Kheba hill, Thoubal on the Indo-Myanmar road, Khongjom War Memorial is reminiscent of the past heroic deeds of Manipuri warriors. It was here that Major General Paona Brajabashi, one of the great warriors of Manipur proved his valor against the superior might of the invading British Army in 1891.It is regarded by many Manipuris as a place that symbolises patriotism and courage.

9. Moreh, Chandel

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Moreh is a town located on the India-Myanmar border in the Tengnoupal, Chandel district of the Indian state of Manipur. The town is mainly inhabited by many communities.It plays a very important role in connection with the India-Myanmar relationship and is also a rapidly developing trade point in India on the border with Myanmar, with the city of Tamu on the other side of the border. Major exports include engineering goods, automobiles, iron and steels, chemicals and allied products, cotton yarn, etc. The major items now imported from Myanmar through barter mechanism are betel nuts, turmeric, gram, resin, etc.

10. War Cemetery, Imphal

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The Imphal War Cemetery is located in Imphal. The cemetery has 1,600 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It is approachable from the Imphal-Dimapur Highway 39, through a branch road which is about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) to the right of the high way and in front of the DM college. Initially, the cemetery had 950 burials of war dead. The memorial has markers with brass plaques with the name of each of the fallen. The war dead commemorated are from many commonwealth countries.

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