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Imphal

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"The site of Battle of Imphal"

Imphal Tourism

Imphal has a untouched charm surrounding its natural beauty, sceneries and landscapes as well as a significant history leaving hints of the past around the city.

The lust green landscapes, beautiful surroundings, unexplored territories and undulating rivers of Imphal make for a great tourist destination. This site of the battle of Imphal during the World War II, assumes a certain importance, derived from history. The two together give Imphal a number of tourist destinations which include INA memorial, Manipur State museum, Kangla Fort, Langthabal, war cemeteries, Shri Govindjee temple as well as the Waithou and Loktal lake. Manipur Zoological gardens and Keibul Lamjao National park are also places one might not want to miss

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Jewel of India

The last largest city on the easternmost front of the country, Imphal is a hidden paradise, sharing its boundary with Myanmar. Located in the central point of the bluish Kobrou and Namaijing ranges, the city is home to a diaspora of tribals. The rich flora and fauna of the region consisting of colourful orchids and the unique culture and traditions of the region make it an attractive destination for several sects of tourists. A historically relevant city, Imphal has the oldest polo ground in the world and has boundless scopes for tourists. However, insurgency problems is a major threat to tourism in the area.

History of Imphal

Imphal has a fascinating history dating back to 1st century AD. Manipur was originally a part of Burma; it became a part of India only in 1826 after Raja Jai Singh signed a treaty following a series of invasions in the territory. It was initially ruled by King Khaba and Pakhangba leaders but was taken over by the Ningthouja tribe. The tribe was politically powerful and excelled in warfare, it expanded its dominion to other parts of Manipur. King Khagemba and his son Khunjaoba built the renowned Kangla Palace. In 1891, the British decided to intervene to sort the invasions and attacks between the royal family of Manipur and the Burmese army. In 1892, the infamous Anglo-Manipur war broke out because the localities would not accept the autocratic rule. This also led to the demolition of Kangla Palace. Nevertheless, the British established its rule in Manipur until the independence of India. Manipur became a state in 1972 and Imphal was officially declared its capital.

Restaurants and Local Food in Imphal

Imphal's restaurants serve rich and local cuisines as well as foster the Tibetan influence over the food here. Hence, try the popular momos along with delicacies such as Kangsoi, a stew prepared with dry fish, kobok, molasses and rice. Also try the various preparations of fermented fish with a distinct garnish of chilies and fresh and fragrant local herbs. Eromba is one such savor along with preparations of bamboo shoots.
Also one will find typical Indian, Chinese, Mexican, French, Thai, Italian and many more options to relish. Also the locals here tend to consider fish as vegetarian, being a staple ingredient. Thus, if you are looking for a pure vegetarian meal you might want to be more specific.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Imphal in the morning. Remember the sacrifices of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and the Indian National Army in the INA Museum.
Day 2: Explore Moirang, a Meitei village. Indulge in the beauty of the Loktak Lake. Visit Sendra Island and pay respect to the soldiers in the Second World War Cemetery.
Day 3: Visit Andro, a Meitei village and learn the history of Imphal in Mutua Museum.
Day 4: Visit Govindjee Temple, Kangla Fort and Imma Market. Indulge in an adventure in MMTA, Minuthong.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Beautiful landscape. Less pollution. Comfortable weather. Friendly people.

What's Not So Great?

No nightlife. Not very developed in terms of food chains and malls. Frequent strikes.

For Whom?

Nestled among several hills in northwestern Manipur, Imphal is a surprise for nature lovers. A lesser known, historically relevant town, Imphal is a treat for history lovers and explorers.

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How To Reach Imphal

The nearest railway station to Imphal is Dimapur in Nagaland. Dimapur is connected to Lumding which is connected to other parts of India. The Imphal airport is well connected with frequent flights to Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati. Bus services are also available on a daily basis.

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