Manipur is also known as the 'jewelled land'. Its capital city is Imphal. An oval shaped valley bounded by blue green hills, rich in art and tradition has got titles such as 'Switzerland of the East' with blue lakes, variety of traditions and cultural patterns, beautiful picturesque, diversity of flora and fauna, carpets of flowers and dense forests. The tribal dances of Manipur are the expression of love, creative and enthusiasm of the tribal people of the state. It is also known as the land of Lord Krishna and Radha. It is famous for its fairs & festivals which are quite different from each other in themes. Most famous of all is Ras Lila. The beautiful handcrafted items from Manipur have earned a diverse identity. Songol kangjej (manipur Polo) is the major sport of the state. It has much to explore as it is filled with beautiful picturesques and offers the best of natural beauty.
|Area||22,327 Sq. kms.|
|Best Time to visit||October to March|
Manipur's history can be traced back to the foundation of Imphal in the first century AD. The game polo originated in Manipur. British soldiers and planters took it back to England, modified the rules and made it popular around the world. During World War II Imphal was occupied by the Japanese. After Indian independence Manipur became a Union Territory and subsequently elevated to the status of statehood on 21st January 1972. Manipur was not a Part of India. It was forcibly annexed by India. In 21 September 1949 the king of Manipur was forced to sign the Marger Agreement.
Imphal is connected by road to all the important cities in the North East.
By AIR :
Nearest airport Imphal (7 km from downtown).
Nearest Railhead Dimapur or Manipur Road.
Imphal, Bishnpur, Senapati, Tamenglong, Chandel, Ukhrul