Govindajee TempleThis temple adjoining the palace of the former rulers of Manipur, is a historic centre for Vaisnavites.
It is a simple and beautiful structure with gold domes, a paved court and a
large, raised congregation hall.
The presiding deity in the centre is flanked by idols of Radha Govinda, Balaram and Krishna on
one side and Jagannath, Balabhadra
and Subhadra on the other.
Kaina - The scared place of Hindus:29 kms. from
Imphal. A beautiful hillock, about 921 m. above sea
level, Kaina is a sacred place of Hindus. According
to legend, Shri Govindajee
appeared to His devotee Bheigyachandra, Maharaja of
Manipur, in a dream and asked him to build a temple enshrined with His image
carved out of a jackfruit tree which was then growing at Kaina.
Beautiful hill shrubs and charming natural surroundings give the place a
saintly solemnity. Ceremonial dances depicting the devine
dream are performed as Ras at the Mandop. Kaina can be reached by
bus via Thoubal also
|| Kaina Tourist Home.
||Director of Tourism,
Govt. of Manipur, Imphal.
Khwairamband Bazaar:This is a large covered market split into two sections on
both sides of the Khwairamband Road.
Vegetables, fishes, household utensils & implements and fruits are sold
on one side and colourful handloom shawls, phaneks, khudeis, bedsheets on the other. The market is very special in the
sense that all the stall holders are women. Not far from here, is a street
where beautiful cane baskets and furniture are sold. Other smaller markets
are Singjamei, Kongba, Lamlong, Kwakeithel, Heirangkhoithong, Terakeithel, Naoremthong etc
Manipur Zoological GardenAbout 6 km. from Imphal, towards
the west, in this Zoological Garden at Iroishemba
on the Imphal
Graceful brow-antlered deer, "Sangai" one
of the rarest species in the world, can be seen here in sylvan surroundings.
A trip to this garden, at the foot of the pine-growing hillocks in the
westernmost corner of Lamphelpat is really
Loktak Lake and Sendra
Island48 km. from Imphal. A huge and
beautiful stretch of water, this lake is like a miniature inland sea. From
the Tourist Bungalow, set atop Sendra island,
visitors can get a bird's eye view of the lake and the life on it, the
fisherman and their families who live in neat huts on its shores and who make
full use of their watery environment.
They cast their nets on it, rear fish farms in it using
nets as floating walls, harvest it for the water chestnut known as Heikak, and even build their houses on the islands of
floating weed that dart around the lake.
There are buses and cycle rickshaws to cover the last 3 km. to Sendra. The Tourist Home charges Rs.
10 per bed.
Director of Tourism,
Govt. of Manipur, Imphal.
CemetriesThe British and the Indian Army
commemorating those who died in the Second World War are serene
well-maintained with little stone markers and bronze plaques recording their
anguish and sacrifice. These graves are maintained by the Commonwealth War
Langthabal:8 km. from Imphal on the
Indo-Burma Road lies this small hill feature with the relics of an old
historic palace, well-planned temples and ceremonial houses amidst pine and
jackfruit trees planted symmetrically. Overlooking the Manipur University,
Canchipur, it offers a pleasant view of the
Moirang:45 km. from Imphal, Moirang holds an ancient temple of the pre-Hindu deity,
Lord Thangjing. Every May, men and women, in
gorgeous traditional costumes, sing and dance in honour
of the Lord here at the Moirang Lai Haraoba. It was from the village of Moirang, too, that the
graceful Khamba-Thoibi dance originated,
traditionally celebrated in May. It was in Moirang that
the flag of the Indian National Army was first hoisted on Indian soil on
April 14, 1944.
There is an INA
letters, photographs, badges of ranks and other articles associated with this
movement. There is also a bronze statue of Netaji
in uniform. There are buses which operate from private bus station of Waheng Leikai junction to Moirang from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fare: Rs.
10/- . Journey time is around 1 hr.
Moreh 110 km. from Imphal. This border town is located on the Indo-Burma Road.
A commercial town attracting a large number of people from neighbouring places. It is only 5 km. from Tamu town, its Burmese counterpart. Tamu
depicts a total change in the attire and eating habits of the people and in
the architecture of its buildings.
Singda:At an altitude of 921 m., 16 km. from Imphal
to the west is a hill resort on the hills overlooking Manipur Valley.
The scenery is picturesque. It is also a mountain pass on the road to Tamenglong. There is an inspection Bungalow here. There
is a nice artificial lake called Singda Dam. It is
now a multipurpose project.
Phubala-40 km. from Imphal. A charming
resort on the western fringes of the Loktak Lake, to the south of Imphal. It is joined to the mainland by a low causeway.
Govt. of Manipur, Imphal.
Khongjom:36 km. from Imphal. Situated on
the Indo-Burma Road,
this is a place of greatest historic importance. It was here that Major
General Paona Brajabashi,
one of the great warriors of Manipur, proved his velour against the superior
force of the invading British Army in 1891. The hillock of the foot of which
he laid down his life in defence of his motherland,
is reminiscent of the past heroic deeds of Manipuri warriors. A war memorial
on the top of this scenic hill feature, adds charm to this heroic site. Khongjom day is celebrated as a State Holiday on every
year on April 23.
This tall Minar of Bir Tikendrajit Park in the
heart of the capital commemorates the indomitable spirit of Manipur martyrs
who sacrificed their lives while fighting against the British in 1891.
Manipur State Museum:
This interesting museum near the Pologround
has fairly good display of Manipur's heritage and a
collection of portraits of Manipur's former rulers.
Items of special interest are costumes, arms and weapons, relics and historical
||10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Sunday and Holidays closed.
||Adult 25 p. Child 10
Khonghampat Orchidarium:The Orchid Yard of the Forest Department, on National
Highway No 39, about 7 km. from Imphal is another
place of interest. More than 110 varieties of Orchids, including several rare
species, are grown here. Peak season is April-May
ANDRO - the ancient village:27 km towards east of Imphal is
the ancient Scheduled Caste village of Andro, there
is one Cultural Complex established by the Mutua Museum, Imphal.
It consists of potteries of the North Eastern Region of India. There is a
'Doll-House' where dolls of 29 recognised tribes of
Manipur (both male and female) are in display.
National Park:53 kms. from
Imphal and on the fringes of Loktak Lake, this is the last natural habitat
of the marsh-dwelling brow-antlered deer of Manipur called "Sangai".
Sekta - Archeological Living Museum:
Sekta Mound locally known as the
"SEKTA KEI" is a protected Archaeological Site. The site is located
at Sekta village, about 16 km. from Imphal on the Imphal-Ukhrul Road. It is a
site where practice of secondary burial was discovered. The site was jointly excavated
by the Archaeological Survey of India and the State Archaeology, Manipur and
is preserved as a Living