A city that is culturally rich and generously gifted with nature, Imphal in Manipur is one of the most beautiful parts of our country. Though torn with strife and curfews, Imphal is one of those rare places where the risk is completely worth it
Green valleys dip between densely carpeted hills while the clouds play hide and seek behind them. Look closer and you’ll see that the hills are dotted with small, red-roofed houses so characteristic of hill stations. Walk into the populated areas and watch as the locals, dressed in their traditional garb, entertain you with their folk songs and dance. The warmth of the people and the taste of the food will ensure you’ll never want to leave.Imphal used to be the capital of the erstwhile Kingdom of Manipur, and the ruins of the palace surrounded by its protective moat are still located at the city center. When the British took over the city, they tore down the palace and the fort, and today, locals and visitors make do with the remnants. Imphal is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that, whether you’re a keen traveler or not, you need to indulge in.The Kangla palace and fort, or whatever is remaining of them, are of course the biggest tourist attractions in the city. It is a beautiful site that the authorities have worked hard to maintain and beautify. There are striking temples within the complex, a lovely pond and a museum that ought to be visited.The Imphal War Cemetery is another spot you should head to. It is a memorial of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the Second World War. Satiate your shopping needs at the Women’s Market, locally known as Ima Keithel, where every single stall and shop is run by women.On the banks of the Nambul River you will see the Jama Masjid, a fine piece of architecture and of great religious significance to the Muslim community in Imphal. Buses and taxis are the most readily available modes of transport in Imphal. While the buses do run through the city, it is far more comfortable and convenient to get around in a private car. Most rented cars come with a chauffeur who doubles up as a guide.Manipur is often in a state of unrest, so read up on the current situation before planning your trip. While you’re there, follow rules and curfews (if any) imposed by the authorities
Imphal is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights.
Airports: Imphal Airport
There is no regular trains to Imphal from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Haflong which is located at a distance of 101kms.