Imphal is well connected with its neighbouring states via bus routes. There are daily bus services to Kohima and Dimapur in Nagaland and Guwahati in Assam.
Manipur is a land of festivals and atleast one festival is celebrated every month. Taking part in one of them will be a life long experience. Ask friends or hotel staffs for these festivals and to arrange for you to join.
Boat ride at the Loktak lake and see Phumdi fishing.
Meet The Photographers: Manipur though very small has an ever expanding Photography bussiness and ofcourse as a Passion.
So next time you go out go to this place called RKCS ART MUSEUM which is also the office of Manipur Photography Club and join the Club members on weekends Photo-Walk.[Distinguised persona: Devendra Hijam/NirjenSharma/BushoRaj/BimalThong]
Meet The War-Historians:
People often says Size does matter,well it is not really the case here. Manipur despite being a small state has a Big Place in World War II as being the Greatest Battle(Battle Of Imphal and Kohima) fought by Britain.
Every evening this group of enthusiast gather this cafe called Wild Flavours in DIPR office(Near Kalimai Mandir). You will probably find a tall and lanky fellow and his friends having coffee. Voila! You have found the Imphal Campaign WW2 Foudation. This people are from various walks of life yet they are united here by the passion for keeping History Alive and remembering the Forgotten Souls that were lost here.[Distinguishes persona Rajeshwor Yumnam(Raj)/Angamba(Bobby)/Ashok Lairen/Joseph(Joe)]
Preparations of Bamboo shoot is a delicacy here along with other common dishes of North eastern India.
There are many budget restaurants in Imphal, most of them are located near the bus stop. In the Center of the city, behind the polo ground, there are numerous restaurants/canteens serving traditional manipuri dishes. Chakluk hotel, Eigyagee Sharma hotel, People canteen etc to name a few. One should definitely try out the cheap manipuri platter (price range maximum Rs 150 per person) which consist of several dishes. The platter can either be vegeterian or a non-vegeterian (mostly fish dishes) one .
There is another restaurant called 'OK Hotel' which is located in MG Avenue, a commercial area with several banks, ATM facilities and fresh fruit vendors. Meal with rice, lentils, chicken curry/fry can be had very cheaply for less than Rs. 100. It is very popular among the locals and famous for its 'chicken roll'. Opposite to he OK hotel, there is a pose and clean but cheap restaurant called 'chamu restaurant' which is a part of Hotel Nirmala and they serve both continental, chinese and Indian dishes ( meals around rs. 300.
'Nikheel cafe' ( located in the B.O.C area) and 'A to Z restaurant' (located in the airport road) are very popular amongst the local youths for their momos (dumplings), noodles, chili chicken/pork, parantha's etc.
There are many hole in the wall food places located in every locality run by women which serves traditional manipuri snacks. It can also be found in the Ema market (women's market in the city). One should try singju (a sort of very spicy salad, but can be requested for less chili), bora, kanghou, alu-shak, pokora, paknam etc. A plate should not cost more than Rs 30.
Scattered all around the city, there are several tea hotels run by non-manipuris. One can have cheap snacks (singhara, kachori, bhujiya, puri etc) and different types of sweets. A piece should cost about rs. 5 and one can easily fill the stomach with rs.50. Hygiene and sanitary conditions in these eateries are questionable, though.
Restaurant in the Hotel Classic (B.O.C area ). Website below in the hotel sections.
The Host Restaurant (of hotel Anand Continental) in Thangal Bazar (Khoyathong road) serves both continental and Indian dishes at moderate price. It is clean and the food quality is good.
Visit local alcohol vendors- Although Manipur is a dry state ( alcohol not allowed to sale and drink), it seems that there is some relaxation to sale and drink the traditionally brewed rice based alcohols in many Kabui/tribal localities (also called as Khuns). Atingba (rice beer) is lighter in alcohol content and and Ashaba (distilled rice brandy) is stronger in alcohol content. Some popular locations are Mujikhul, Kakhulong (in Paona bazar area), Keishamthong khul, Mahabali etc. These alcohol vendors also sell different types of meat dishes, fish and snacks which are very affordable. There will be plenty of young people sitting and enjoying the drinks alongwith some snacks and they will be quite open to talk. Drinking in these places is worth an experience and these alcohol vendors are very unique to Manipur
Not far from Hotel Yaisana: Hotel Nongin, 9774269422, 0385-2440596, big double room with bathroom, fan, windows and balcony for 1000Rps [June2015]
Hotel Mayur, Old Assembly Rd: cheap budget option, really run down, shared bathroom, windows in some rooms, mosquito net; double for 460Rps [June 2015]
Also, in MG Avenue you can find Hotel Nirmala (single around rs. 600, double 1200), White Palace, Hotel City Heart and Hotel Avenue all pretty close by. Single rooms from 300-400Rps.
In the bus Stop/stand area of B.O.C area, there is Hotel Imphal, which is run by the manipur tourism department. It is cheap, well maintained and have a spacious garden.
Classic Hotel, which is located close to the bus stand in B.O.C area is the best hotel in Imphal yet. It is new, clean, well maintained and helpful staff and with a fine dining restaurant. It is close to the city center and located just opposite to the historical Kangla fort.
Hotel Excellency in the airport road, Hotel Anand Continental in the Thangal Bazar and Hotel Bheigo in Keishampat area, are other cheap to moderately price hotels in Imphal.
Imphal has been ranked 32 among 150 places which are most likely to have a terrorist attack. The rank is 1st in India with Kashmir trailing way behind somewhere around 42 in the world rank and 2nd in India, so one needs to be cautious not to get oneself into trouble.
During most of the time Imphal and its surroundings are relatively peaceful, but one needs to be extremely cautious during August 15th and January 26th of every year, for this is the time when the section of society which are against the merger of Manipur to India gets into several violent activities which includes planting IEDs and what not.
With the recent Attack on Chandel district in which 18 personnel of Dogra Regt.were killed, the situation is not so calm in the region.
If you are visiting the hill areas it is advisable to take the help of local people.