The jade green state of Manipur is truly a gem of Northeast India. Apart from its rich natural beauty, the state is home to diverse tribal culture and traditions which will make you fall in love with this tourist destination in Northeast India even more. Manipur makes an ideal place for heritage tourism with it apparently affluent natural beauty which is adorned with ancient caves, waterfalls, lakes, and valleys. The Loktak Lake in the famous Keibul Lamjao National Park in Imphal is amongst the top natural heritage sights in the state. Imphal is also home to Kangla Fort, which was once the traditional seat of the past Meetei rulers of Manipur. The capital also boasts housing two important museums - Manipur State Museum and Sekta Archaeological Museum for learning about the rich history and heritage of the state.
Talking about museums, other sightseeing places in Manipur like Thoubal and Churachandpur also house one museum each - People’s Museum and Tuibuong Tribal Museum respectively that offer an insight into the life and culture of the people of Manipur. A village called Andro has also been gaining the tourist attention with its museum (Mutua Museum) which unlike a conventional museum that is built in a traditional way and houses thatched huts that displays a multitude of locally-made handicrafts. Apart from the museums, Manipur largely boasts of its wildlife heritage in the form of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries along with rivers, lakes, and caves. Khangkhui Cave and Hundung Mangva Cave in Ukhrul, Makhel Cave in Senapati, Tharon Cave in Tamenglong, Tonglon Cave in Churachandpur along with Barak Waterfalls in Tamenglong, and Ngaloi Waterfalls in Churachandpur make for some more natural heritage sites in Manipur. The temples of Bishnupur are also important part of the historical places of Manipur, dating as far as the 15th century. Amongst the most popular temples in Bishnupur is Vishnu Temple.