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Manipur in India (disputed hatched).svg
Quick Facts
Capital Imphal
Government Indian State
Currency Indian rupee (INR)
Area 22,327 km2
Population 2,721,756(2011 est.)
Language Official:Meeteilon
Religion Hinduism 46.1%, Christianity 34.04%, Islam 8.81%, Other 10.86%
Electricity 230V/50Hz, Indian (Old British)/European plugs
Time Zone UTC +5:30

Manipur is a state in North-Eastern India.





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Jet Airways, Air India, Indigo Flights available from Kolkata, as of May 2014

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See[edit][add listing]

Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Shirui Lily Flowers in Ukhrul.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Cycle tour - Rent a bicycle, pack a light weight backpack and explore. If you contact Pedal attack, which is Imphal based mountain bike group, they can assist you with routes and possible mountain bike hire. Around 500 rupee per day. lovely guys, who'l tell you the in's and out's of Manipur.

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The crafts of Manipur showcase the creativity of its people. Manipur produces a wide range of handicrafts and handloom items. Papier mache, decorative ivory, collectible dolls, bamboo and cane work are some of the many crafts of this state. In fact, the state is counted as one of the largest producer of bamboo crafts in India. Wood Carving, textile weaving, stone carving, block printing and hand-embroidery.

Cane and Bamboo Crafts of Manipur are widespread due to the wide availability of the raw material. There is large number of artisans associated with creating bamboo craft. Products include sofa sets, stools, mats, basketry, tray, chairs, tables, flower vases, ashtrays and many other decorative and utility articles are made out of this craft.

Kauna is a kind of reed that mostly grows in wetlands and marshes. In Manipur, this is used for making mats, and cushions. Numerous craftsmen in Manipur are engaged in this particular craft. Kauna Crafts are used for local use and for tourist consumption.

Pottery is an acclaimed craft of Manipur being produced by coiled technique. Potteries in Manipur come in different shapes and styles reflecting their socio-cultural background. pots are handcrafted and painted using different bright colors.

Wood Carving is an art in Manipur developed out of necessity. People of Manipur utilized wood to create different items of their daily need out of this craft such as trays, spoon, drum etc.

Block Printing is a specific Handicraft in Manipur. This craft makes hand block printed towels, dresses and among many other items.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Eromba- Vegetables and potatoes boiled with a lot of red chillies or Umorok with ngari(fermented fish), dry fish and mashed together.
  • Umorok – literally ‘tree chilli’ u=tree; morok = chilli. It is garnished with maroi( maroi namakpi, maroi nakuppi, awa phadigom, mayang-ton, toning-khok tilhou,coriander leaves and many more).
  • Singju is a salad prepared with finely chopped cabbage, onions, lotus stems, tree beans, coriander leaves,sinju pan,ginger,heibi mana and lots of seasonal vegetables mixed with ngari. Boiled kidney beans are optional and the dish is seasoned with red chilli flakes, salted to taste, with red roasted sesame powder and roasted chick peas powder.
  • Chamthong or Kangshoi is a stew preparation of any seasonal vegetables with coarsely chopped onions,maroi, ginger and salt, topped with ngari, fried fish pieces (optional)and water. It's soupy in nature and is eaten with rice.
  • Morok metpa is a coarse-paste prepared with green or dry red chilies. The chillies should be boiled with ngari in a pan and then it should be mashed with salt; fried fish pieces can also be added to it. chopped onions and coriander leaves should be added to it and mixed. Other dishes are- kang-hou (various vegetables fried dry in oil with traditional spices), paknam (fish cake), nga-thongba (fish curry), ooti, pakora thongba, chagem pomba, keli chana, alu kangmet (boiled potato mashed with fried red chilli and salt and dressed with mustard oil), sana thongba which is prepared with paneer in Manipuri style, a-nganba (steam vegetables, such as pumpkin, sweet pea, carrots, French beans etc.).
  • Ok thongba: Local pork curry with bamboo shots or mustard leaves with U-morok.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sekmai Chamelei : Go to sekmai, 20 kms from imphal to enjoy the traditional manipur rice beer and spirits.

Stay safe[edit]

Many planes people (the meiteis) resent the Indian government. The hill tribes (nagas, kukis, zomi/chin) resent the indian government, the meiteis and each other. The zomi/chin would like to be united in an independent state with their co-tribespeople in Burma. There are multiple competing tribal militias, who extort money from their countrymen, block roads, and occasionally erupt into warfare/killing. Imphal is gennerally safe (see the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office website), but other areas should only be visited with good local information, and the word 'disturbed' means no-go.

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