Chandel, also known as Lamka is tiny, but a scenic district in the North-Eastern state of Manipur. It is one of the main nine districts in the state and also the second least populous of all. Situated along the lines of the international border separating India and Myanmar, it has come to be known as Gateway to Myanmar. It lies about 64 kms away from Imphal, with NH-39 passing through.
It’s famous for being home to more than 20 native tribes. Chandel is a wisp of culture and traditions, given the huge number of tribes that live here. Each tribe offers a unique identity to the area, where colours of their cultures are blown out in all directions. Travelers visiting Chandel can soak in the alluring art forms along with sprightly music and dance.
After a reorganization, Chandel now has four subdivisions; Chandel Town, Tengnoupal, Chakpikarong, and Machi.
Apart from being home to a large number of plant and animal species, Chandel is known for its numerous varieties of Orchid, several Ornamental plants, and some very useful medicinal plants.
The numerous tribes that find habitat here give the cultural definition to this town. Other than getting coloured into their hues, one can visit a few tourist spots in the area, such as the Tengnoupal, which is the highest point on the way from India to Myanmar and can offer some of the most stunning sceneries and views.
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