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Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Imphal, the capital of Manipur is one of the most beautiful and planned capital cities of North East India. With lush green fields and clouds hanging overhead, Imphal offers a splendid sight to all tourists. The Koubrou and Namaijing ranges surround the beautiful valley. The pine and the jackfruit trees dot the entire valley.
There are numerous places of tourist importance. Situated 8 kms from the city is the Manipur Zoological gardens which has a collection of the unique fauna of the state. One can also catch a glimpse of the rare Sangai deer in the park. Then there is the Khonghampat Orchidarium. One can view the various species of orchids blooming in the Orchidarium. The Khwairamand Bazaar, run by women is also a famous tourist destination. One can shop for traditional Manipuri garments, woodcrafts and cane and bamboo crafts.
There are many famous pilgrimage sites in Imphal. The Shri Govindajee Temple is the most notable among them. This temple is the epicenter of the Vaishnavite history. The Manipur State Museum is also a tourist attraction. One can visit the museum to catch a glimpse of the rich culture history, culture and traditions of the Manipuri society. In the hearty of the city, lies the famous Shahid Mandir at the Bir Tirkendrajit Park. This is dedicated in the memory of all the Manipuri martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the Indian freedom struggle. One can also visit the Old Palace which is famous for its palace and an old fortress.
Wildlife enthusiasts can visit the Keibul Lamjao National Park which is around 53 kms from the capital city.
Imphal is well connected by road and air. Daily flights from all major cities of the region connect the city. The nearest railhead is situated at Silchar. The best time for visiting Imphal is from September to March.

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