Best Sightseeing Places in Imphal
Before going for Imphal travel, you should be familiar with the places you must visit
during the trip.
Considered as one of the most important temples in the state of Manipur, this temple
was founded by King Churachand. It is dedicated to Shree Govindajee and just 1 KM
far from the main city. This temple also houses other idols of Gods and Goddess:
Subhadra, Balaram, Jagannath and Lord Krishna.
This fort is situated on the banks of the Imphal River and is referred to as the 'Palace of
Kangla'. The word 'Kangla' refers to an old language Meitei, meaning 'dry land'. In the
earlier times, it used to be the royal palace of King Pakhangba.
It is a small village located close to the east of Imphal that houses the Andro
Gramshang Museum, which includes various varieties of conventional pots named as
Walom, Yukhum, Pudond Makhong and Ngangkha. This place is majorly known for its
pottery. It is also prominent for a Doll House, which houses wide range of beautiful dolls
of 29 famous Manipuri tribes.
Lord Krishna Temple:
It is an antique Hindu temple built in the year 1704 beautifully sited on the banks of
River Imphal at Brahmpur Guru Aribam Leikai. The main idol of the temple is of Lord
Krishna and the temple also houses various statues of Lord Krishna representing His
evolution from a child to an adult. The festival of Janmashtami is celebrated with great
zest in this temple.
Leimapokpam Keirungba Temple:
The Temple was founded in the year 1875 and is located close to the office of Manipur
State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC). It is made up of bricks and is square cube
in structure and holds high religious importance.
Women's Market (Ima Keithel):
A market with stalls run by women and is reportedly the only such market in the world.
Manipur State Museum:
Established in the year 1969, Manipur State Museum was opened on 23rd September
by the late Prime Minister of India, Smt. Indira Gandhi. This museum is dotted with
different paintings of the state rulers along with rare costumes, arms, relics, armaments
and ancient artifacts.
Hiyangthang Lairembi Temple Complex:
It is a religious site and a tourist attraction, the temple complex is noted for its annual
Durga Puja festival during the month of 'September' or 'October'.
Best Time for Holidaying in Imphal
The best season to visit Imphal is the winters and the onset of summers. Therefore, the
most favorable months to visit the place are between 'September and April'. The climate
remains very pleasant during these months offering tourists the best holiday experience.
You can enjoy sightseeing and various outdoor activities in the city.
Must Buy Things from Imphal
Shopping in Imphal is a fun-filled experience with the colorful and vibrant local bazaars
from where you can pick up pretty Manipuri handicrafts and souvenirs. You will find
many small shops on either side of the streets managed by tribal women, selling
beautiful hand-woven shawls, vessels, skirts and fabrics. To experience one of a kind
experience, you need to visit Women's Market (Ima Keithel), which is supposedly the
only market handled by women. If you want to buy something tradition, do shop for 'the
Phanekthe', which is the traditional dress of the Manipuri Meitei tribe. Also, some of
the other worthwhile products are decorative items in ivory and cane, the beautifully
charming and colourful Manipuri dolls as well as hand carved intricate jewelry. So, enjoy
your Imphal trip by going for some valuable shopping at markets.
Explore Options to Reach Imphal
Before booking your Imphal holiday packages, you must be aware of the modes of
transportation to this city. To know more, read on:
The city has its own airport named as Imphal Airport. It has regular flights to Aizawl,
Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata and Silchar. From here, you can take buses or taxis to reach
the city centre.
The closest railway station is Dimapur Railway Station, which is also connected to the
major cities of Nagaland. It is linked with the cities including Mariani, Kolkata, Guwahati
and Kamakhya through Jan Shatabdi Express, Jttn Intercity and Ghy Intercity.
Imphal is 63 KM from Churachandpur, 65 KM from Noney, 413 Kms from Aizawl, and
539 Kms from Shillong and is well connected through Manipur State Road Transport
Corporation (MSRTC) as well as some of the private bus operators. So, choose any of
the traveling modes and go for a memorable Imphal tour.