MANIPUR

Manipur means `the jeweled land’ and it is believed that the gods cleared this space to dance in abandon. This is a visual paradise with cascading waterfalls, serene lakes, winding rivers and roads. Be it culture, people, dances, traditions or its natural beauty, Manipur is enthralling. The northeast state of Manipur is also the last natural home of the dancing deer called `sangai’. 

The Keibul Lamjao National Park in Manipur is the only floating national park in the world. Manipur is also the land where orchids bloom in profusion on trees, shrubs and on the ground, especially in the months of April and May.

Capital: Imphal

Best Time of Visit:

1) The best time to visit Manipur is between October and March when state experiences a mild and pleasant winter full of sunshine.

Min Days Required: 5 days

Places of Interest: 

  1. Imphal – Red Hill, Loktak Lake, Kangla Fort
  2. Ukhrul - Shirui Kashung, Nillai Tea Estate, Kachouphung Lake, Hundung Mangva Cave
  3. Thoubal- Ikop Lake, Waithou Lake

Climate:

  1. Manipur enjoys a sub-tropical monsoon climate. It belongs to the temperate rainy climate region with dry winters and warm summers.
  2. Temperature in the summer months ranges between 25°C and 32°C. Rainfall is relatively abundant and widespread, varying from a maximum of 258.9 cm at Jiribam to only 97 cms at Wanghal.
  3. December to February is winter, March to May is hot and humid, the monsoon (rainy season) starts in May and lasts up to September.

Things to carry:

  1.  Clothing varies according to the time of visit. However it is advisable to carry some light, warm cloths in summer and heavy woolens in the winter months.
  2. Adventurous people planning to go trekking should carry all the necessary equipments. 

How to get there:

Road:

  1. You can drive into Imphal from the neighboring states of Nagaland, Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
  2. The ideal car to hire is a 4WD that comes with a chauffer and it is advisable to have spare tyres because breakdown facilities on the roads are negligible.

Air:

  1. The airport is 6 kms away from Imphal, the capital of Manipur. There are bi-weekly flights from Delhi to Imphal. Calcutta has flights to Imphal six days of the week. Silchar (Assam) has four flights a week to Imphal.

Rail:

  1. There are no railway lines inside Manipur. The nearest railhead is Dimapur (Nagaland), 215 km from Imphal, the capital city. There are trains that connect to it twice a week from the major cities of India.