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Manipur is a state in North-Eastern India.




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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


Get in[edit]

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

As of now Manipur is not connected to other parts of India by train (save for a small town of Jiribam). After you reach Guwahati (in Assam) by train you can go to the Network Travels which is walking distance from the railway station towards Manipuri Basti. You can book an overnight bus from Guwahati to Imphal (they will take you in a shuttle bus from there to the state ISBT) for about 700-800INR. Or you can choose for a longer journey by going round to Silchar through Shillong and take a SUV ride for 550INR from Jiribam to Imphal. The latter is more of an off-road drive and more fun for young and energetic people.

Get around[edit]


Manipur has many places to visit. One can start with the Loktak Lake, which is about 45kms to the south of Imphal. The view of the enchanting landscape from Sendra Hill is awsome. A restaurant name Sangai Restaurant has been put up there recently. Not far from there is Indian National Army musueum which houses lots of artifacts from the Second World War and related to INA. Another place to visit around Loktak lake is the Keibul lamjao National Park, which is home to the Brow Antler Deer or Sangai which is also the only Floating National Park in the world (that's emough for a day). The next day head out to see the All Women market at the heart of the city Ima keithel (Ima means mother in Manipuri, Keithel means market). You will be astonished by the wide variety of articles sold in the small market. After coming out of the Ima Keithel visit the Legendary Kangla Fort which used to house famous British officer like FM William Slim and later HQ of IGAR SOUTH. However it was handed over to the public in 2008, first public entry since its takeover by British when Manipur was defeated in the Anglo-Manipur war of 1891. If you have any interest and respect for all those souls that were lost during World War Two, visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery, Indian Army War Cemetry and the Japanese War Memorial (en route to Loktak lake). If you still have time and want to taste a little piece of Myanmar air, its well to visit the border town Moreh, which is only just 110kms from Imphal. Get ready to spend lots of bucks in buying cheap and tempting things starting from a slipper to a queen size bed. If you are one of those few people who have the guts to take on nature then go for a trek in Siroy Hills/DzukoHills/Old Cachar road. Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Shirui Lily Flowers in Ukhrul.


  • 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.


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 and dresses, among many other items.


  • 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.


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

Stay safe[edit]

Many plains 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 generally 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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