Manipur Tourism: Top Places to Visit & Things to Do

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Manipur Tourism - Places to Visit and Things to Do in Manipur

Pretty much the place you would want to inhabit; carpeted with dense forests and rolling hills, Manipur is a land that can stun you with everything that it has on offer. This Northeastern state is multi-lingual, and is endowed with distinct classical dance, scrumptious cuisine and traditional aura that fumes like a lighted incense stick in sacred shrines. Manipur is a beautiful destination in India that can both baffle and vivify the travellers. Here is our blog that acts like a travel guide to ensure that you do not miss out on anything that is worth witnessing and experiencing while on your Manipur tour.

Places to Visit in Manipur

Imphal

Imphal

You get an energizing feel, while on the streets of Imphal that are thumped and throbbed by lively crowd all through the day. The city is often cluttered with vendors selling quite interesting things to buy like spices, puppets and ngari, a fermented fish. However, you will experience bliss in Imphal as it is also a scenic city that has rich heritage sites dotting it. Perhaps, Imphal can be deemed as one of the leading tourist destinations in India because it offers everything from culture to nature, and from wildlife to adventure to all its visitors.

Places of Tourism Interest:

  • Ema Keithel (Mother’s Market)
  • Loktak Lake
  • Red Hill Lokpaching
  • Kangla Fort
  • Sirohi National Park
  • Manipur State Museum
  • Sekta Archaeological Living Museum
  • Manipur Zoological Gardens
  • Keibul Lamjao National Park
  • Jama Masjid
  • Shree Govindajee Temple
  • Khonghampat Orchidarium
  • Matai Garden

Bishnupur

Bishnupur

Adorned with lush forests and sprawling grasslands, Bishnupur is a popularpilgrimage destination in Manipur. This holy town has many wondrous temples and relics. Here, the pilgrims and travellers can spend time exploring the religious treasures in temples like Pancha Ratana, Susunia Pahar, Dal Madol, Shyamrai Temple, Jor Bangla Temple. Apart from the temple tour in Bishnupur, if you go further, approximately 25 kilometres, you can also visit the famous tourist attraction, Keibul Lamjao National Park located near the Loktak Lake.

Places of Tourism Interest:

  • Rasmancha
  • Jor Bangla Temple
  • Pancha Ratana Temple
  • Dal Madol
  • Susunia Pahar
  • Shyamrai Temple
  • Siddheswar Temple
  • Radha Shyam Temple
  • Sridhara Temple

Thoubal

Thoubal

You will for surely feel thrilled exploring Thoubal, which offers a spectacular view of Imphal city and River Thoubal from its highest point. The beauty of this humble town lies in the aligned bamboo trees, and the Louis Lake, where you can enjoy boating. You can also visit the Thoubal Market to buy some souvenirs, and spend a quality time amid nature in the vicinity of Ikop Lake.

Places of Tourism Interest:

  • Thoubal River
  • Imphal River
  • Ikop Lake
  • Waithou Lake
  • People’s Museum
  • Louis Lake
  • Thoubal Bazar
  • Khongjom War Memorial

Ukhrul

Ukhrul

This quaint little hamlet, Ukhrul is like a breath of fresh air. This is a picturesque destination that reminds one of an English countryside; in fact, it is certainly one of those places where you can romance with your partner. Ukhrul is also one of the best hiking destinations in Manipur, as it has trekking trails that are so scenic that you may never want to return. While here, there are other picturesque sites to keep one accompanied.

Places of Tourism Interest:

  • Khayang Peak
  • Shirui Kashung Peak
  • Kachou Phung Lake
  • Khangkhui Cave
  • Shirui Kashung
  • Hundung Mangva Cave
  • Nillai Tea Estate
  • Ango Ching

Churachandpur

Churachandpur

Despite its great loss and devastation due to the bombarding by the Japanese, Churachandpur has managed to keep intact its flawless beauty. Even today, the place is ideal for a vacation in Manipur. Churchandpur is the second largest city in the state and has a deep historical significance. The city preserves a large portion of its rich history in its Tuibuong Tribal Museum.

Places of Tourism Interest:

  • Ngaloi Falls
  • Tuibuong Tribal Museum
  • Tonglon Cave
  • Khuga Dam
  • Tipaimukh

Senapati

Senapati

Come take a walk amid the surreal nature in Senapati, a lesser known destination in Manipur. Its scenic landscape adorned with shimmering serpentine streams and rugged mountains make for a place that is no less than a heaven on earth. Senapati also stores diverse flora and fauna, and is yet another best hiking destination in Manipur. However, while you are here, spend time basking in the greens and amidst the ferns , and listen to the perfect melody of the nature.

Places of Tourism Interest:

  • Mao
  • Yangkhullen
  • Dzuko Valley
  • Liyai
  • Purul
  • Maram Khullen
  • Makhel Cave
  • Sadu Chiru Waterfalls

Tamenglong

Tamenglong

During your tour in Manipur, Tamenglong is one of the must visit places. And the answer to what makes Tamenglong a paradise for travellers seeking bliss, is the presence of delightful mixture of rare herbs, spices, waterfalls, lakes and meadows. It is a place that many people like to call ‘the land of the Hornbill’ as many species of this exotic bird can be found here. Tamenglong’s beauty is such that any nature lover would want to settle here, in short, this place to see in Manipur is the Mecca for nature lovers.

Places of Tourism Interest:

  • Zeilad Lake
  • Zeilad Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Barak Waterfalls
  • Kisha Khou
  • Tharon Cave
  • Buning Meadow

Chandel

Chandel

Chandel much like Tamenglong glows with lush greens, thus providing a shelter to various rare species of animals. While here, you can visit the Yaingangpokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary which is a perfect destination for wildlife lovers housing a large variety of rare flora and fauna. Other major tourist attraction in Chandel is Tengnoupal, where the nature lovers can delight in the scenic beauty. Also, a visit to Moreh must not be missed, as here you can visit a market that is shared by India and Myanmar.

Places of Tourism Interest:

  • Moreh
  • Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tengnoupal

Things to Do in Manipur

Boating in Loktak Lake

Boating in Loktak Lake

Consisting of many small islands and phumdis, Loktak Lake is one of its kind attraction in Manipur. This freshwater lake is 48 kms in the southern Manipur and is a widely visited place and is primarily known for its floating swaps/phumdis. The Lake is also home to the most popular national park in Manipur, Keibul Lam Jao. In Loktak Lake, a must thing to do is boating, which proves to be a rejuvenating activity. Travelers visiting the lake, apart from admiring the beauty rowing from island to island, can also catch a glimpse of various colourful fish species and enjoy the beauty of scenic backdrop of mountains that are spread far and wide.

Shop in the Moreh-Tamu International Market

Shop in the Moreh-Tamu International Market

To witness an interesting scene in Manipur, you must visit Moreh-Tamu International Market, which of course is situated on Indo-Myanmar Border. Shopping in Moreh-Tamu International Market will overwhelm you as it is equipped with a unique range of eateries, local crafts and organic vegetables. Its humming activities starts from sunrise; and in order to reach here, you will have to travel 110 km from Imphal. You will get plenty of local taxis from the capital city for this place.

Visit the Keibul Lamjao National Park

Visit the Keibul Lamjao National Park

Located at the southeastern part of the Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park is where you can see a unique species of Eld’s deer/Brow-antlered deer which have bee listed as endangered by the IUCN. This beautiful animal was first discovered in Manipur in 1839. Besides, this evergreen forest is a terrestrial land that consists of other animals like hog deer, wild boar, large Indian civet, bay bamboo rat, musk shrew. And the avifaunal species such as East Himalayan pied kingfisher, black kite, lesser sky-lark, northern hill myna, Burmese pied myna can also be found here. However, what makes Keibul Lam Jao one of the best places to visit in Manipur is the fact that this wildlife destination has been tagged as the only ‘Floating National Park’ in the world. Sounds interesting? Well, you must plan a visit here to learn the secret behind the floating park theory and of course to relish the diversity and beauty of this place.

Here you go! With all the must do’s and visits, there is no doubt that anything can stop you to have an exciting holiday in Manipur. You must be full-on excited to visit this enchanting kingdom of North East India but if planning and organizing is keeping you away from other work, you can always call us at +91-9212553106 or send us queries at info@tourmyindia.com so we can guide you and offer best travel packages to Manipur. You need not be worried as we will take care of all minor details like kids friendly accommodation (if required), budget and luxury hotels, top travel places, adventure activity and transportation arrangements.

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Abhishek Gurung is a writer whose passion for food and travel is an unending affair. He likes going on treks and camping in the woods, loves exploring forts and architecture, he is a cycle enthusiast who likes to contribute something to the environment, travel photography and videography is another interest as he sees life in a cinematic point of view. He likes the idea of living in offbeat destination where the mode of communication is to interact with each other. Coming from Nagaland, he has visited some beautiful valleys and remote villages and appreciates nature as it is and as it should be.


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