Living together since time immemorial sharing turbulent
inroads of war, amalgamation, assimilation and unity and hence
possessing dynamism and resiliency resulting from experience
and destiny, the Manipuris are an ideal society. The Meiteis
who constitute the largest population generally reside in the
plains and the tribes including Naga, Kuki- Chin- Mizo groups
inhabit mostly the hills. People here have a long tradition of
martial arts and indigenous games. The Sagol Kangjei (or Polo)
originated in Manipur. It is still a popular game.
International players participate in the Polo tournaments at
Govindajee Temple: A historic vaishnavite
centre, adjoining the Royal palace of Manipurís former
maharajas. Twin domes, a paved courtyard, and a large raised
congregation hall form a perfect backdrop for priests who
descend the steps, to accept offerings from devotees in the
courtyard. The shrines of Krishna, Balaram and Jagannath flank
the two sides of the presiding deity.
Ima market: A unique all womenís market, run by 3000 Imas
this tall Minar commemorates the indomitable spirit of the
martyrs of 1891 at Bir Tikendrajit Park.
Commemorating the memories of the British and Indian soldiers,
who died during the Second World War, these cemeteries are
managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The well
maintained graves carry little stone markers and bronze
plaques recording the sacrifice of those gallant soldiers.
covering 200 acres and over 110 rare varieties of orchids,
which include almost a dozen endemic species. Peak blooming
season: April- may.
at the foot of the pine- growing hillocks. Not to be missed is
an opportunity to see the graceful brow antlered deer (Sangai),
one of the rarest species in the world, in sylvan
small hills feature with relics of an old, historic palace,
temples of architectural importance and ceremonial houses. Set
among symmetrically planted jack fruits and pine trees
Langthabal offers a view of the varsity and some picturesque
a Health Resort on the hills overlooking the Manipur Valley.
Singda dam construction adds the importance.
having fairly good display of tribal heritage and a
collection of portraits of former rulers. Interesting are the
costumes, arms, weapons, relics and historical documents.
A sacred place of the Hindus. Charming scenery, hill shrubs
and natural surroundings give the place a sanity and religious
atmosphere. Famous for Ras dance performances.
the living museum, is an ideal place with a unique natural
Pilgrims take a holy dip at the Chingoi stream, which takes a
northward course at the Baruni Hill.
Facilities being developed at the Manipur Mountaineering and
Trekking association (MMTA) complex at Lamdan (Sudarshan Peak)
near the Loktak Hydro- electric Power Project, the Manipur
Adventure and Allied Sports Institute (MAASI) complex at Keiro
and at the Tourist Home located in the Siroi Hills near Ukhrul.
These associations conduct training and treks for tourists
with an adventurous streak. They also offer opportunities for
jungle exploration, mountaineering, rock- climbing etc.