Bishnupur is one of the smallest districts in Manipur, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up in its natural beauty, historical and cultural attractions. A tourist looking to have a peaceful but quality time will find it a great place to be in. It is extremely popular among Japanese tourists, and particularly those that are the descendants of Japanese armed forces. There is a famous Vishnu Temple too, which reminds visitors of its rich past. There is a waterfall, a lake, hills, and a national park, all of which make for some exciting sightseeing and exploration.
While travelling to Bishnupur, you can observe the lifestyle of the people, most of whom are engaged in agriculture, which is their primary source of livelihood. It also celebrates several festivals throughout the year, one of the most famous of which is Lai Haraoba. Celebrated in May, it is dedicated to Lord Thangjing, an ancient deity which predates Hinduism. Planning a visit in April would give you an opportunity to be a part of the Cheiraoba festival.
Interestingly, it coincides with the Meitei New Year. Some of the temples which you can visit in Bishnupur are Ibudhou Thangjing, Konung Lairembi and Ibudhou Pakhangba Khubam. A particularly beautiful sight is that of the Sangai, which is a brow antlered deer found in the southern parts of the Loktak Lake. It is the largest freshwater lake in eastern India and is home to floating marshes which are locally called phumdi. Once there, you can also observe the lifestyle of the villagers who live in close proximity to the lake.
Another place which you should visit during your trip to Bishnupur in Manipur is Keibul Lamjao National Park. It is the last natural habitat of the sangai, which is fondly called the dancing deer of the state. Other than sangai, the park is home to other animals like hog deer, otter, water fowls and migratory birds. There are two watch towers which offer some great views of the wildlife.