(Last Updated on : 17/05/2010)
Imphal, capital of the state of Manipur, is in eastern India. Situated at an altitude of 785 m, It is a small and beautiful picturesque city. Imphal lies in the valley of Manipur river and is surrounded by the northeastern hills and vast plains of India`s. It 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. The inhabitants of these two divisions have their own dialects, customs and costumes. The city is also handeling 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 part of Imphal`s economy.
Once 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 colorful gardens of Orchids.
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 dominate most of the tourist attractions. Beside this ther 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.
: Indian Airlines flights connect Imphal with Delhi via Guwahati. Imphal is also connected with Calcutta via Agartala and Silchar by Indian flights.
: The nearest railhead is Dimapur-215 km.
: Motorable roads connect Imphal with Agartala, Aizwal, Dimapur, Guwahati, Itanagar, Kaziranga, Kohima, Shillong. Nagaland and Manipur State Transport also runs semi-luxury bus daily from Dimapur to Imphal (9 hrs).