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Manipur Travel - "The Jewelled Land"

Manipur Classical Dance

One of the seven sister states of India, Manipur is impressively surrounded by hills on all the sides. Although a tiny state, but it has gained international recognition through its rich culture and heritage. The folklore here have deep interest in art and culture which beautifully reflects in its celebrations. Music and dance seems to be an integral part of their lives. The Manipuri classical dance is famous the world over. Huge mountains, green and beautiful valleys attracts tourists to spend their holidays here. The state was once the capital of King Pakhangba. Manipuri is the language spoken here. Its capital city Imphal is also dotted with many attractions. “ A pretty place more beautiful than many show places of the world” was the phrase coined by St. Clair Grimwood in the praise of Manipur. And Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru called it the “Jewel of India”.


Manipuri cuisine has a lot to offer to its tourists. Do try out its traditional speciality called Kabok – a combination of fried rice and vegetables. Other culinary attractions are fish prepared in different ways, vegetables and bamboo shoots. Other specialities to dig on are RathJatra dishes, Shree Govindajee dishes, Cheiraoba dishes and Chakkouba special.


Cane and bamboo are grown in abundance in Manipur, hence articles made from them are the major shopping attractions here. Cane and bamboo Baskets are not only beautiful but durable too. Colourful pots shows the talent of the potters who are mainly women. Manipur is a home to the largest handloom cottage industry in India. Its hanlooms such as tribal shawls with beautiful designs and motifs are a big hit with tourists.


Although the climate is pleasant throughout the year, still the most favourable time to visit Manipur is between October to February.


The hotels in Manipur provide all the modern amenities which a traveller expects. Imphal is the best place for accommodation in Manipur. Some of its hotels are State Guest House,Assembly Guest House, Hotel Nirmala Thangal Bazar, Hotel Prince Thangal Bazar and Hotel White Palace Thangal Bazar.

How To Reach:

Air: The nearest airport isDimapur.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Dimapur
Road: The motorable road connects it to Dimapur which in turn is connected with other cities in and around Manipur.

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