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Imphal is the capital city of Manipur state.

Get in[edit]

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By plane[edit]

Imphal is connected to Kolkata and Guwahati by Air India, Indigo and Jet Airways.

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]


  • Kangla Fort
  • Loktak Lake - The largest fresh water lake in North-Eastern India and has floating lake. 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 5 km 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 Costumes of the common people and warriors, arms and weapons of the varied communities and relics and historical documents can be seen here.
  • 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 was featured in the Guinness Book of Records in 1999 (at the height of 50 ft. 35 steps). The garden is open to 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 raised congregation hall.
  • Women's Market or Ima Keithel- 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.
  • Three Mothers Art Gallery-located at Thangapat Mapal Palace Compound, Imphal East and Manipur - envisages and epitomizes the rich culture and heritage, tradition and history of the state. It was established in 1978, and the ‘Three Mothers’ signifies the motherland, mother tongue and mother of self.


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


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


Preparations of bamboo shoots are delicacies here, along with other common dishes of North-eastern India. Try out the local variety of hot chilly (locally known as "Umorok").

Manipuri lunch means white rice, vegetable curry, cucumbers, groundnut gravy and onions.


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




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



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

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

  • Hotel Avenue
  • Hotel City Heart
  • White Palace




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