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Imphal

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Imphal

Kangla Fort:

Kangla Fort also known as the palace of Kangla is one of the most important landmarks in Imphal city. Located on the banks of the Imphal River, the fort has a long history associated with it making it one of the most relevant and historic palaces in north east India. The brick walls were constructed in 1632 A.D., after acquiring the skills from Chinese prisoners. The fort was maintained by the army division of the Assam Rifles till 2003 and was not available for public viewing. Kangla Fort today is open to tourists attracting a large number of travelers, historians and architecture students.

 

Khongjom:

Khongjom located on the Indo Burma road at a distance of 36 Kms from Imphal city center is one of the most historic landmarks. The historic importance of Khongjom dates back to the British Empire era when last warriors of the Manipur Empire died fighting a gallant battle. Khongjom Day is observed, as a State Holiday, every year on this day in memories of Paona and other martyrs who died in Khongjom.

 

Manipur State Museum:

Manipur State Museum built in 1969 is one of the most important cultural hubs of Imphal. The museum houses rare artifacts and art forms across various Northeast cultures depicting various facets of Imphal over the years. The museum has a dedicated children's gallery and an open air gallery offering a profound view of the 78 feet long royal boat known as Hiyang Hiren. The museum attracts a large number of tourists, art lovers and students.

 

Imphal Valley:

Imphal valley is an oval shaped valley housing the drainiange of a number of small rivers around Imphal hills. Covering an area of 1843 square Kms, Imphal Valley has a number of swamps and Lakes making it one of the most beautiful natural locations in the city. Imphal valley attracts a large number of tourists and wildlife enthusiasts for its breathtaking natural views and picturesque locations.

 

Moirang:

The small village of Moirang attracts a large number of tourists for its special historic significance. Famous for its cultural festival known as the Meitei folk festival, the village was the location of the mounting of the first Indian flag during the British Empire by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in 1944.

 

War Cemeteries:

War cemeteries of Imphal built in memory of the brave soldiers who have lost their lives protecting the motherland is a famous landmark of the city. Located at a distance of 10 Kms from Imphal city center, the War cemeteries commissioned by the commonwealth war graves also has a number of marked graves of solders’ who lost their lives in the first and the second world war. The war cemeteries attract a large number of tourists and historians.

 

Keibul Lamjao National Park:

Keibul Lamjao National Park is one of its kind floating national park housing the rare brow antlered Deer. Commissioned as a national park in 1977, Keibul Lamjao National Park is spread over an area of 40 square Kms. The park is also famous for its diverse species of snakes including the python and viper. The park is a nature lover's delight having a wide range of flora including rare aquatic plants.

 

Manipur Zoological Gardens:

Manipur Zoological Gardens also popularly known as the Jewel Box of Manipur is a popular tourist attraction in the city. Located at a distance of 8 Kms from Imphal city center, the gardens are spread over an area of 8 hectares and are home to many rare and endangered species of wild animals and birds. The gardens remains closed for tourists on Mondays and charge a nominal entrance fee. The gardens are also famous for providing a glimpse of the rare Thiamin Deer in its natural habitat amid many other rare species of animals and birds.

 

Shree Govindajee Temple:

Shri Govindjee Temple is one of the most famous Hindu religious shrines in Imphal. Built with a tiled courtyard and two identical domes, the temple is dedicated to Lord Govindajee by the erstwhile rule Jai Singh Maharaja. The temple has various idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses viz. Krishna, Balaram and Jagannath and attracts a large number of pilgrims and tourists alike. The main idol of the temple is believed to have been carved out from the trunk of a jackfruit tree making it one of the most holy Hindu shrines in the region.

 

Hanuman Temple:

The Hanuman Temple of Imphal is one of the oldest Hindu shrines in the city. Built in 1723 by King Garib Niwaj, the temple is located on the banks of Imphal River amid Mahabali Forest. The temple built in a hut has the essence of Bengali architecture with a stone idol of Lord Hanuman raised on the pedestal wall. In front of the temple the Mandapa has been constructed which has shadowed the structure of the main temple. The temple and its architecture is a testimony to the Ramanandi cult of Hinduism in Manipur.

 

INA Memorial:

INA Memorial dedicated to the Indian National army constituted by Subhash Chandra Bose to fight the British forces is a famous landmark of Imphal. The memorial is dedicated to the memory of the soldiers of INA and was the unofficial headquarters for the Indian National Army during the British rule. Managed by the Imphal State Government, the memorial attracts a large number of tourists soaking in the patriotism of the older generation of Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the motherland.

 

Matai Garden:

The Matai Gardens also known as the Ibudhou Asheiningthou Garden is one of the most well known tourist attractions in Imphal. Famous for its myriad Duranta plant, the garden is a perfect holiday destination for the tourists as well as regular picnic hotspot for the locals. The beautifully crafted gardens and its lush green scenery impressions amid picturesque hills make it a perfect landscape beauty of Imphal city.

 

Loktak Lake:

Loktak Lake is one of the biggest freshwater Lake in East India attracting a large number of tourists and visitors. Also known as the floating Lake, the Lokatak Lake is spread over an area of 285 square KMS located at an altitude of 769 meters above sea level. The Lake is one of the most picturesque locations in Imphal and houses a host of vegetation and organic matter. The Lake is a popular tourist hangout. The Phubla Lake resort here is very famous.

 

Waithou Lake:

This spot located 16 kms from Imphal is a weekend getaway of localites. This is an ideal picnic spot with several water spots, gardens, and eateries.