Places To See in Manipur
¤ Main Attractions in Manipur
Manipur as the name suggest is a land of jewels. Manipur's culture
and the present mix of the races stem from the influences of the
Vaishnavism and the embedded traditional values in the region. Its
rich culture excels in every aspects as in martial arts, dance,
theater and sculpture. The charm of the place is the greenery with the
moderate climate making it a tourists haven. The beautiful and
seasonal Siroi Lily at Ukhrul(district), Sangai(Brow antlered deer)
and the floating islands at Loktak Lake are one of the rare things
found at Manipur. Polo, which can be called a royal game, also
originated from Manipur.
The city is mainly inhabited by the Vaishnavites and it is just 7 kms
from the airport of Manipur (Tulihal airport). The district is divided
into East and West and the recently constructed stadium (Khuman Lampak
Stadium) is also one of the attractions comprising of every thing,
from a cyclists velodrome to the main stadium. Most of the imported
goods are sold here at its Paona Bazar and Gambhir Singh Shopping
Keibul Lamjao National Park
Keibul Lamjao National Park, 48 km away from Imphal is an abode of,
rare and endangered species of Brow Antlered deer (also known as
Sangai). This ecosystem is home to 17 rare species of mammals. The
greenery of the place and the moderate temperature makes a pleasant
experience to visit.
Loktak Lake (Freshwater Lake)
It is the lake where most of the people of Manipur get their share of
fish meat. The special treat to watch are the floating islands
popularly known as Phumdi which is made out of the tangle of watery
weeds and other plants. With a nominal fee, people can hire small
boats and see this fascinating way of living on these floating
islands. The wetland is swampy and is favourable for a number of
species to thrive on. It is in the district of Moirang.
Manipuri Dance (Ras Lila)
A classical form of Manipuri dance based and inspired by the theme of
Lord Krishna and his beloved, Radha love story and the devotion of the
Gopis (companions) towards Lord Krishna. This graceful and slow
movement of the dance makes it one of the most acclaimed classical
dances of India. The costume is elegant, as there are nicely
embroidered clothes that give luster to the beauty of the art.
Shree Govindajee Temple
This temple is the premiere temple in Manipur and it adjoins the
palaces of the former rulers of the state. The temple is simple in
design with gold domes, a paved court and a large, raised congregation
hall. The deity in the center has other idols of Radha Govinda,
Balaram and Krishna and Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra on either
side of it.
The tall Minar of Bir Tikendrajit Park located at the heart of the
city is built in memory of the Manipur Martyrs who gave their lives
fighting against British in 1891.
Chorus Repertory Theater
The auditorium of the theater is situated on the out-skirts of Imphal
and the campus stretches for about two acres. It has housing and
working quarters to accommodate a self-sufficiency of life. The
theater association has churned out internationally acclaimed plays
like 'Chakravyuha' and 'Uttarpriyadashi'. Its' 25 years of existence
in theater had disciplined its performers to a world of excellence.
'Chakravyuha' taken from the Mahabharat epic had won Fringe Firsts
Award, 1987 at the Edinburgh International Theater Festival.
'Chakravyuha' deals with the story of Abhimanyu (son of Arjun) of his
last battle and approaching death whereas 'Uttarpriyadashi' is an
80-minute exposition of Emperor Ashoka's redemption.