(Last Updated on : 04/03/2015)
Imphal is the state capital of the state of Manipur
. Imphal is situated at an altitude of 785 m. Imphal is a small and beautiful picturesque city.
Location of Imphal
Imphal lies in the Valley of Manipur River and is surrounded by the north-eastern hills and vast plains of India's. Imphal outlying hills and forested areas, shelter exotic birds and animals as the spotted linshang, Blyth's tragopan, the curiously named Mrs Hume's bar-backed pheasant, slow loris, Burmese pea-fowl and the beautifully marked clouded leapoard as well as numerous Imphal is also the state's cultural capital with lot's of traditional festivals and shows for Manipuri dances arranged here at regular intervals. Manipur, also known as the "land of jewels" is naturally divided into two parts namely the hills and the plains.
History of Imphal
Imphal was the home of the royal families of Manipur. Imphal became the capital of Manipur State, under the rule of Britishers in 1826. This small city has witnessed some of the most important battles in Indian history with recent ones being one fought in World War II and the other one being fought between independent India and China. City of Imphal is undergoing changes because of the large number of people have started visiting this state since the last decade. This rush have caused city to undergo some quick far-reaching changes by erecting new hotels and restaurants to compensate the incoming visitors all this have led to covering of land that used to have vast colourful gardens of Orchids.
People of Imphal
The inhabitants of these two divisions in Imphal have their own dialects, customs and costumes. The city is also handling the modern commerce for the state of Manipur as being one of the most visited parts of the state of Manipur various products of Manipuri origin like that of household industries, woven goods, brassware, and bronzeware, are collected from different parts of the state and marketed here in Imphal. Agricultural and electronics industries are also one of the main parts of Imphal's economy.
Tourism in Imphal
Though it lacks dramatic monuments, its broad avenues give it an open feel. The small centre is sandwiched between the stately avenue of Kanglapat to the east and the somewhat stagnant River Nambu to the west. The town's polo ground dominates most of the tourist attractions. Beside this there are other places of interest such as, Govindajee Temple, Sendra Island, Keibul Lamjao National park, Khonghampat Orchidarium, Saheed Minar, Manipur Zoological Garden, War Cemeteries, The Old Palace, Manipur State Museum.
Imphal is easily accessible with railways, roadways and airways. Indian Airlines flights connect Imphal with Delhi
. Imphal is also connected with Kolkata via Agartala and Silchar
by Indian flights. The nearest railhead is Dimapur
-215 km. The motorable roads connect Imphal with Agartala
, Dimapur, Guwahati, Itanagar
, Kohima, Shillong. Nagaland
and Manipur State Transport also run semi-luxury bus daily from Dimapur to Imphal (9 hrs).