Imphal

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Imphal is the capital city of Manipur state.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Imphal is connected to Kolkata and Guwahati by Indian (Indian Airlines), Indigo and Jet Airways services.

By train[edit]

Imphal is not connected by the railway network. Nearest railway station is Dimapur railway station of Nagaland. It is almost 7 hours bus journey from Dimapur station.

By car[edit]

By bus[edit]

Imphal is well connected with its neighbouring states via bus routes. There are daily bus services to Kohima and Dimapur in Nagaland and Guwahati in Assam.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

  • Kangla Fort
  • Loktak Lake - The largest fresh water lake in North-Eastern India and the only floating lake in the World. It is also the habitat of Curvus Eldi Eldi, an endangered species found only in Manipur.
  • Matai Garden- The garden is situated at Matai, Imphal east district about 5km towards North in NH-39.The garden is also called as Ibudhou Asheiningthou garden taking the name from Ibudhou Asheiningthou(local God of Matai). The garden is known for its myriad Duranta plant, well shaped and decorating the entire garden.
  • The Manipur State Museum, which is the representation of the tangible information of history, shows a display of the tribal heritage and the collection of the artifacts of the former Ningthourels of Manipur. Costumes of the common people and warriors, arms and weapons of the varied communities and relics and historical documents can be seen here. The priceless artifacts, documents and cultural heritage of a mentioned civilization can be first accessed through a Museum.
  • Manipur Zoological Gardens - The Brow Antlered deer, which is a rare species, can be seen in the Manipur Zoological Gardens. Located at a distance of 6 km from the capital, the zoo is very modest to the core with its surrounding, a large expanse of open grounds.
  • Sambal- Lei-Sekpil garden. The garden is situated in Sagolband, Kwakeithel, Imphal, toward the Tidim road. The place is world famous for Sambal- Lei-Sekpil literally sambal means fence lei means flower and sekpil means topiary. The flower got Guinness Book of Records in 26 November 1999 (at the height of 50 ft. 35 steps). The garden is open to all visitors.
  • Shree Govindajee Temple- This place was considered to be the highest place for any cultural activity during the times of the Maharajas. Located at a place near the Royal palace of past Maharajas, it has two domes and a raise congregation hall to keep the sacred deities in their place, aloof and high.
  • Women's Market or Ima Keithel- Cacophony, bargain of products and a spread of a beautiful and colourful cloth is what you would most notice when you visit this market place. But, this is the charm of the place, if a person wants to know how the trade goes in Manipur, this is the first place to buy. The bazaar consists of two main sections — one where the vegetables, fruits and necessary items are sold and the other where the handloom products of the state are sold. The peculiarity of the market is that around 3000 'Imas' or mothers run the stalls.

Do[edit]

  • Khongjom War MemorialKhongjom. Place where last war was fought against the British, after which the princely state of Manipur (Kangleipak) came under the empire of British India.

Buy[edit]

  • Paona market has a wide selection of local and imported items.

Eat[edit]

Preparations of Bamboo shoot is a delicacy here along with other common dishes of North eastern India.

Budget[edit]

There are many budget restaurants in Imphal, most of them are located near the bus stop.

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

Drink[edit]

  • Mujikund. from local wine to IMFL and beer!!
  • Sekmai. Taditional brew made from rice

Sleep[edit]

Budget[edit]

  • Hotel Gaylord - 150Rps for a single room (with shared bathroom). Perhaps the cheapest central option in the city center.
  • Hotel Yaisana - Brand new hotel (as of March 2012). Single rooms from 300Rps (shared bathroom)

Also pretty close by on MG Avenue, you can find single rooms from 300-400Rps at the following places:

  • Hotel Avenue
  • Hotel City Heart
  • White Palace

Mid-range[edit]

Splurge[edit]

Connect[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Cope[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Loktak Lake
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