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Imphal:

Capital of Manipur is one of the prettiest township visitors can enjoy some of its special attractions before moving out. Imphal has Vaishnavite centre Shri Govindaji temple is located close to the royal palace. Khwairamband Bazar or IMA Market is quite an unusual market-almost 3000 Imas or mothers, man the stalls in this unique bazaar, Stalls are lined on wither side of the road. In the heart of the Impal Bir Tikendrajit Park lies Shaheed Minar. This memorial pillar was raised to pay homage to the indomitable spirit of the Meitei ans the tribal martyrs who sacrificed there lives while fighting the British in 1891.

 

Accessibility:

By Rail: The nearest railway station is Dimapur some 204 kms and Guwahati  414 kms.

By Road: Well connected by all weather road and is connected by Aizwal, Dimapur, Shillong and Agartala.

Airpor: Imphal is having own Airport its some 8 kms away from city centre.

 

 

Excursions:

The central Khobghampat Orchidarium just 7 kms away has wide collection of Orchid about 110 species which are showcased here do not forget to take camera along with you. The fine time to see these blooms is in March –April when they look their very best.

 

Langthabal:

Set amidst stands of jackfruit and pine. Lagthabal (8 kms down the Mayanmar road) is dotted with relics of an old historic plalace, temples of architectural importance ans ceremonial houses.

 

Loktak Lake and Sendra Island:

One of the most enchanting and biggest freshwater lakes in the North East is Manipur’s Loktak Lakejust 45 kms away from Imphal. The Sendra Island tourist Bungalow offers dazzling views of the lake, its rich plant ans avian life and the intriguing floating weed, shallow bowl-like islands (Phmdi) and the fishermen who live on them harvesting water chestnuts. Situated in the middle of the lake. The tousrist home has a café and makes an ideal look-out. Boating has been introduced along the lakes labyrinthine waterways. Also on the southern part of the lake is the world’s only floating national Park, the KEIBUL LAMJAO NATINAL PARK, the unique habitat of the rare sangai, the brow entlered deer or the “dancing deer:. The entire lake complex is a wildlife enthisiast’s dream

 

Ukhrul:

Manipur’s popular and highest hill station is Ukhrul 83 kms away from Imphal. It is famous for those lovely Siroi lilies which grow here in abundance. The nearby lime caves of Kangkhui are worth visiting. It is also the headquarters of the Tangkhul Nagas

Day 01 : Delhi / Imphal

Catch a flight for Imphal. On arrival meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, enjoy a walk in the local market. Overnight in Imphal

 

Day 02 : Imphal / Kohima

Depart for Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland. In the afternoon visit - Kohima War Cemetery, The State Museum having rare collection of artifacts of the different tribes which inhabit the state. A shopping trip to the daily market and visit Gurttel for traditional Naga fashion mementos. Overnight in Kohima

 

Day 03 : Kohima

Toady, visit the Konohoma village, an Angami village which lies 20 km west of Kohima. Walk down through the narrow streets to visit Dahua, a central meeting place of the Keko Ihukho house, which is beautifully decorated in traditional style. In the afternoon, visit Viswama village of the Angami tribe. Overnight in Kohima.

 

Day 04 : Kohima / Imphal

After breakfast depart for Imphal and on arrival in the evening, check into the hotel. Overnight in Imphal.

 

Day 05 : Imphal

Full day sightseeing of Imphal. Visit -  Manipur State Museum, War Cemetery - The British and the Indian army cemeteries commemorating those who died in the 2nd World War. Saheed Minar - This Minar at Bir Tikandrajit Park in the heart of the capital commemorates the indomitable spirit of Manipur martyrs who sacrificed their lives while fighting against the British in the year 1891. 

In the afternoon, visit - Shri Govindajee temple, adjoining the palace of the former rulers of Manipur. Time free to visit IMA Market, a unique all women's market in the heart of the town. Overnight in Imphal

 

Day 06 : Imphal

After breakfast excursion to Ukhrul 83 kms East of Imphal, a centre of the colourful warrior tribe Tangkhul Nagas. Overnight in Imphal

 

Day 07: Imphal / Shiroi

In the morning, drive to Shiroi, famous for a particular type of land lily, called the Siroi, grown on the Shiroi Hills. In the afternoon, visit Shiroi hills and Khangkhui lime caves. Overnight in Shiroi

 

Day 08 : Shiroi / Sanshak

In the morning, drive down to Sanshak. Sanshak was the last point where the Japanese forces had arrived during the 2nd World War. Sanshak is a very large Tangkhul Village with more than 500 houses. One can get a microscopic view on their traditional life and architecture. Overnight in Sanshak

 

Day 09: Sanshak / Jessami

In the morning drive to Jessami, which was also occupied by the Japanese forces during the 2nd World War. The Tangkhuls of Jessami differ slightly in dialect and customs from the Sanshak area. Overnight in Jessami

 

Day 10: Jessami / Imphal

In the morning return to Imphal. In the afternoon, visit Langthabal, this small hill with relics of an old, historical palace, temples of architectural importance and ceremonial houses. Overnight in Imphal

 

Day 11: Imphal / Moirang (45 Kms) / Imphal

In the morning , depart for Moirang, which is 45 kms away. It was here that the flag of the Indian National Army was first unfurled on April 14th,1944. Visit the INA Museum, Loktak lake and Sendra Island, visit centre of Meitei folk culture. Later continue to Keibul Lamjao National Park which is the only floating National Park in the world on the Loktak Lake.. Overnight in Imphal 

 

Day 12: Imphal / Delhi (Flight)

Morning free to relax. In time transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to international airport for your flight to onward destination

As per request/budget.

IMPORTANT TRIP ADVISORY:

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.

Recommended tourist circuit:

  1. Imphal-Moirang-Loktal Lake-Kebul Lamjao National Park and back
  2. Imphal-Ukhrul-Imphal

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