The inestimable knot of Seven Sister States remains incomplete unless you portray the breathtaking landscape of Manipur. Nestled in the North East India, the soul-captivating terrain of this beautiful state once described as the ‘Jewel of India’ by Jawaharlal Nehru. Today, Manipur has also gained its fame as the ‘Switzerland of India’! The stunning and tranquil land of this amazing state in North East India is delimited by Nagaland, Burma, Assam and Mizoram to its north, east, west and south respectively. The capital city of Manipur is Imphal, which has no dearth of attractions for visitors. So before you fall in love with the rich variety of nature and culture of Manipur, let’s catch a glimpse of this beautiful state of Northeast India.
Akin to its natural grandeur, the inhabitants of Manipur are quite rich by generosity, customs and religion. From amiability to festivity, people of Manipur exult their traditions with great gusto, and enjoy their lives being encircled with family. Some of the popular festivals to experience when in Manipur are; Moatsu, Hornbill Festival, Sekreny, Gaan-Ngai, Cheiraoba, Kang and Christmas. Majority of the local residents in Manipur are involved into agricultural practices and small scale industries. Their rich handlooms and popular handicrafts include tribal shawls, Manipuri sarees, bamboo work, mats, wood carving etc. Besides, Manipuri people equally good at emerging out their passion for music and dance. The stunning Manipuri dance form represents an illustrious dance style across the global audience!
The climate of Manipur is sub-tropical which makes the ambience a blend of arid frost, temperate summer and intense rainfall in monsoon. The most favourable season to step around Manipur is from October to March. This is the time when the state witnesses comparatively a higher footfall of visitors.
Having portrayed the scenic splendour of Manipur, the state houses plenty of attractions to offer. Some of the leading attractions to explore in Manipur include; Imphal, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Tamenglong, Churachandpur, Ukhrul, Senapati and Chandel. Sprawled with lush valleys, the place also boasts some small mounds and animated waterfalls.
Manipur can be reached by various modes of transports. For air travellers, the nearby airport is Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, which is located around 8Kms south of Imphal. From airport, one can hire taxi or auto-rickshaw to travel further. If you are travelling by train, the nearest railhead is located in Dimapur, Nagaland. From Dimapur railway station one can hire a taxi or board a bus to reach Imphal in nearly 6-7 hours time. The roadway connectivity between Imphal and its nearby cities is quite regular. There are several private and state run buses available from Guwahati, Dimapur, Itanagar, Aizwal, Kohima, Silchar and Shillong to reach Imphal by road.
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