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Mon, 11 Dec 2017

Northeast Today

Revisiting Imphal

Revisiting Imphal
July 02
19:44 2017

NET Bureau, Nobi Dolo

Imphal, the capital city of Manipur is the second largest busiest city in Northeast India. Steeped in history, Imphal is known to be a cultural and religious hub. The city is filled with many destinations and is a major tourism center of the state. Northeast Today brings out more. Seat of the erstwhile Kangleipak Kingdom, Imphal is located in the centre of Manipur’s valley and is served by the Imphal river, which connects the city to the Indian ocean as it flows through Myanmar. The hub of tourism in Manipur, Imphal provides excellent spots to visit and acts as a gateway to other locations including the world famous Loktak Lake, just 40 kms away.

Places to Visit

One of the most historically significant places in Manipur, Kangla Fort represents the cultural heritage of the state. The fort comprises of royal palaces, temples and burial grounds of the members of royal families. The historical monuments and archaeological remains speak volumes of the rich past of the region.

Manipur Zoological Garden

This zoo is about 7 km away from the capital city and is home to many birds and animals which are mostly rare and endangered. One can see wide range of species of birds and animals in this zoo including the endangered Sangai, also the state animal of Manipur.

Kongjom War Memorial

Lying on the Kheba hills on the Indo-Myanmar road this memorial was built for the martyrs’ who died fighting in the 1891 Khonjom war against the British protecting their motherland. This memorial emits an aura of bravery and power of the soldiers that died fighting. Every year on April 23, Khongjom Day is celebrated for the soldiers of the war when people go and pay tributes by offering flowers and singing praises of them.

Govindajee Temple

This temple is of the Hindu God, Krishna. It is a great tourist place to visit in Manipur for those with a religious bent of mind. The structure of the temple has twin domes, a paved courtyard, and a large hall where the priests stand in to accept offerings from devotees in the courtyard. Shrines of Balaram and Jagannath are on the sides of the deity, Lord Krishna. Early hours aarti is a must for devoted followers. It is 3.5 kms away from Imphal and interestingly, the temple provides inspiration for the design of the under construction Imphal railway station, the first of the state.

Ima Keithel

One of the fascinating things of Imphal city is this world famous market fully operated by women. The place is also known as Mother’s market and is one of a kind in whole Asia. This market is said to have come around during the 16th century which means it is one of the oldest market that one can know of. It is located in the Khwairamband Bazaar and you can get many types of clothes and other things like spices, vegetables, handlooms and cosmetics too.

How to Reach

One can reach Imphal by air from the Imphal International Airport that has links to many small and major cities in the country. Direct flights operate on a daily basis from Guwahati, Kolkata and Delhi. While rail services to the city are not yet fully operation, one can travel to Guwahati or Dimapur via train and then make their way to the city. Road communication is the most popular mean of transport and Imphal is served by regular buses and taxis from most places of the Northeast.

Where to Stay

As the capital of Manipur and the state’s commercial hub, Imphal is dotted with various hotels and resorts providing ample options for the high end travelers as well those on strict budgets.

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