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Imphal is the capital city of Manipur state.

Imphal. The capital of Manipur

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Imphal International Airport is connected to Kolkata and Guwahati by Indian (Indian Airlines), Air Deccan, Indigo and Jet Air services.

By train[edit]

Imphal is not connected by the railway network. Nearest railway station is Dimapur railway station of Nagaland. It is almost 7 hours bus journey from Dimapur station.

By car[edit]

By bus[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Kangla Fort.
  • INA Memorial at Moirang
  • Loktak Lake - The largest fresh water lake in North-Eastern India and the only floating lake in the World. It is also the habitat of Curvus Eldi Eldi, an endangered species found only in Manipur.
  • Shree Govindajee Temple- This place was considered to be the highest place for any cultural activity during the times of the Maharajas. Located at a place near the Royal palace of past Maharajas, it has two domes and a raise congregation hall to keep the sacred deities in their place, aloof and high.
  • Women's Market or Ima Keithel- Cacophony, bargain of products and a spread of a beautiful and colourful cloth is what you would most notice when you visit this market place. But, this is the charm of the place, if a person wants to know how the trade goes in Manipur, this is the first place to buy. The bazar consist of two main sections -one where the vegetables, fruits and necessary items are sold and the other where the handloom products of the state is sold. The peculiarity of the market is that around 3000 'Imas' or mothers run the stalls.
  • The Brow Antlered deer, which is a rare species, can be seen in the Manipur Zoological Gardens. Located at a distance of 6 km from the capital, the zoo is very modest to the core with its surrounding, a large expanse of open grounds.
  • The Manipur State Museum, which is the representation of the tangible information of history, shows a display of the tribal heritage and the collection of the artifacts of the former Ningthourels of Manipur. Costumes of the common people and warriors, arms and weapons of the varied communities and relics and historical documents can be seen here. The priceless artifacts, documents and cultural heritage of a mentioned civilization can be first accessed through a Museum.
  • Matai Garden- The garden is situated at Matai,Imphal east district about 5km towards North in NH-39.The garden is also called as Ibudhou Asheiningthou garden taking the name from Ibudhou Asheiningthou(local God of Matai). The garden is known for its myriad Duranta plant, well shaped and decorating the entire garden.
  • Sambal- Lei-Sekpil garden. The garden is situated in Sagolban, Kwakeithel, Imphal, toward the Tidim road. The place is world famous for Sambal- Lei-Sekpil literally sambal means fence lei means flower and sekpil means topiary. The flower got Guinness Book of Records in 26 November 1999 (at the height of 50 ft. 35 steps). The garden is open to all visitors.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Khongjom War Memorial, Khonglom. Place where last war was fought against British India, after which princely state of Manipur(kangleipak) became under the empire of British India  edit

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.

There are several religious sites and temples around Imphal and visiting there and offering prayer could change you for ever!

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.

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Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Paona market has a wide selection of local and imported items.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Preparations of Bamboo shoot is a delicacy here along with other common dishes of North eastern India.

Budget[edit]

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.

Mid-range[edit]

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.

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Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Sekmai. Taditional brew made from rice  edit
  • Mujikul. from local wine to IMFL and beer!!  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Hotel Gaylord - 150Rps for a single room (with shared bathroom). Perhaps the cheapest central option in the city center.
  • Hotel Yaisana - Brand new hotel (as of March 2012). Single rooms from 300Rps (shared bathroom)

Also, in MG Avenue you can find Hotel Nirmala (single around rs. 600), 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.

Mid-range[edit]

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.

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Get out[edit]

  • Loktak Lake
  • Sirui Hills: Located in the Ukhrul district of Manipur is world famous for its Sirui Lily. Located about 80 kms from Imphal and one can take either bus or shared taxi from the north A.O.C parking place.
  • Moreh town and border crossing: it is a border town between India and Myanmar located 105 kms from Imphal. One can take bus, shared taxi to the Moreh town (4 hrs) and cross the border to Myanmar and do very cheap shopping of mainly chinese goods and electronics and some Myanmarese food items in Tamu, Myanmar.
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