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Manipur

Manipur remains somewhat isolated from the rest of India and is well connected with Railways, Airways & Roadways. A national highway passes through the state from Tamu on the Myanmar border in the south via Imphal to Dimapur (in Nagaland) in the north; this highway also connects Imphal with the Northeast Frontier Railway near Dimapur. Manipur is a state in Northeast of India but is quite popular for its natural beauty. It was once the Kingdom of Manipur as one of the princely states.  It is bordered by Nagaland to the north, Mizoram to the south, Assam to the west and Myanmar (Burma) to its east. Manipur is home to many a sport and is credited with introducing polo to Europeans.  Polo is called a royal game and it originated in Manipur. The state also is the origin of Manipuri dance. The Meitei or Manipuri constitute the majority of the state's population. Kukis and Nagas are the other major tribe. The state is known for its diversified flora and fauna and is home to over 65% of the area is under hill tract covered forests. Being remote and the topography makes the state climatic condition which varies from tropical to subalpine. There are over 500 types of Orchids. The people of Manipur include Meitei, Naga, Kuki, Meitei Pangal and other communities.  People of each community have their own folklore, myths & legends, dances, indigenous games and martial arts. Exotic handlooms & handicrafts are equally good. Like the Hornbill festival of Nagaland Manipur has its own Sangai Festival. It is organised during November 21-30 each year. It is a Government sponsored tourism festival. It reflects the unity in diversity and a true reflection of the state's art and culture. One can find the best of products in handloom, fine arts, indigenous sports, cuisines, music, bamboo furniture, huts and various options of adventure sports.  The best of the beautiful Loktak Lake, the location of Moreh town, the uniqueness of the floating Keibul-Lamjao National Park and the Sangai Deer along with the Dzukou Lilies makes Manipur a most sought after tourism destination. The state is divided into 16 districts and they are as follows i.e. Some of the places like Bishnupur, Chandel, Churachandpur, Imphal-East, Imphal-West, Senapati, Tamenglong, Thoubal, Ukhrul, Kangpokpi, Tengnoupal, Pherzawl, Noney, Kamjong, Jiribam and Kakching.

Imphal is a small and beautiful city and is the capital city of Manipur. Places of major tourist interest in and around Imphal are Loktak Lake, Red Hill Lokpaching, Kangla Fort, Sirohi National Park, Manipur State Museum, Sekta Archaeological Living Museum, Manipur Zoological Gardens, Keibul Lam Jao National Park, Jama Masjid, Shree Govindajee Temple, Khonghampat Orchidarium and Matai Garden. Tamenglong is popularly known as the Land of Hornbill. It is rich in flora and fauna. Lakes, rivers and waterfalls will attract tourist of all ages. The places of interest are Zeilad Lake, Zeilad Wildlife Sanctuary, Barak Waterfalls, Kisha Khou, Tharon Cave & Buning Meadow. Churachandpur is known for its natural beauty. Hillocks and valleys can boost of its natural beauty and there is unity in rich cultural diversity. Some of the places of interest are Ngaloi Falls, Tuibuong Tribal Museum, Tonglon Cave, Khuga Dam, Tipaimukh. Ukhrul is a picturesque city known for its beautiful valleys, hills, waterfalls and streams. Some of the places of interest are Khayang Peak, Shirui Kashung Peak, Kachouphung Lake, Khangkhui Cave, Shirui Kashung, Hundung Mangva Cave, Nillai Tea Estate and Ango Ching. Bishnupur is known as a holy land due to the temples located here. It is known for its natural beauty and places of worship. The temples reflect the culture and its architectural excellence. Tourist attractions are Rasmancha, Jorebangla Temple, Pancha Ratana Temple, Dal Madol, Susunia Pahar, Shyamrai Temple, Siddheswar Temple, Radha Shyam Temple and Sridhara Temple. Thoubal is known for trekking and hiking. The beauty is for the lush greenery, beautiful rivers and lakes and the locals enhance the greenery by planting banyan trees along roadsides and fruit-bearing trees in their homes. Places of interest are Thoubal River, Imphal and Ikop Lake, Waithou Lake, People’s Museum, Lousi Lake, Thoubal Bazar and Khongjom War Memorial. Chandel is known as the gateway to Myanmar. The place is rich in flora and fauna being with rare species of animals and plants. Places of interest are Moreh, Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary and Tengnoupal. Senapati is yet to be explored. The beauty of the place is enhanced by nature. Hills, streams, gorges and rivers and nearly 80% of the land covered by dense forests, you can naturally expect it to possess a wide range of plants and animals. Places of interest are Mao, Yangkhullen, Dzuko Valley, Liyai, Purul, Maram Khullen, Makhel Cave and Sadu Chiru Waterfalls. Ukhrul is a picturesque city known for its beautiful valleys, hills, waterfalls and streams. Some of the places of interest are Khayang Peak, Shirui Kashung Peak, Kachouphung Lake, Khangkhui Cave, Shirui Kashung, Hundung Mangva Cave, Nillai Tea Estate and Ango Ching. Kakching and its attraction are People’s Museum, Haraoba Festival, Kakching Garden and Adam Eco Park. We Dreamway Destinations provide vehicle, arrange sightseeing, Arrange package tour, book hotels, homestay and resort. We take utmost care to arrange the whole package at a reasonable cost. We arrange hotel and vehicle bookings. Dreamway Destinations arrange for Hotels, Vehicles for transfer and sightseeing. We also organize Tour packages for tourists. Special events and festival packages are also organized by us. 

The Sanctuary is declared for the purpose of protecting, propagating or developing wildlife or its environment and in Manipur, there are 02 Wild Life Sanctuary and One National Park. They are Khongjaingamba Ching Wild Life Sanctuary & Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wild Life Sanctuary along with Keibul-Lamjao National Park. Spread in an area of 40 square kilometres Keibul Lamjao National Park is probably the worlds only 'floating sanctuary' that comprises of wetland overgrown with 1.5 meters deep floating vegetation (called Phumdi).

Unique about Manipur is Siroi Lily the only terrestrial lily grows on the hilltops of Siroi hill, the floating mass of vegetation on the Loktak Lake and the dancing Dear called Sangai along with Salamander known as ‘Lengwa’ found at the foothill of Siroi in Ukhrul. Eight major rivers are the Manipur, Imphal, Iril, Nambul, Sekmai, Chakpi, Thoubal and Khuga.

It is one of the destinations in North East India that have a charm of its own. There are not many hotspots as per tourism statistics but when you visit that place, you feel elated especially between the months of October to March when the climatic condition is soothing. He names Manipur means as the Jewel of the East due to its picturesque hills and valleys.

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Airways: Airways - Imphal Airport or Bir Tikendrajit International Airport (IMF) is the second largest airport after Guwahati. The nearest major airport is in Guwahati, Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (GAU). It is the third busiest airport in the northeast region after Guwahati and Agartala. It has regular flights to Aizawl, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata and Silchar. It connects northeastern India with the country's major cities such as Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkata. AirAsia India, Air India, Jet Airways, IndiGo, Vistara, Spice Jet and Alliance Air offer connection services from the airport to major cities and regional airports such as Agartala, Silchar, Aizawl, and Jorhat.

Railways -There is one pair of Passenger train runs between Silchar and Jiribam. Jiribam railway station belongs to Lumding railway division of North East Frontier Railway. Jiribam is the first railway station in the state of Manipur. Jiribam-Imphal railway line is planned to be completed soon. Broad gauge line is complete up to Dholakhal railway station and freight trains are running up to Dholakhal station on Jiribam - Tupul section of Jiribam - Imphal section. There is a plan to connect this line to Moreh, India to link Myanmar.

Roadway - Roadway network is decent in Manipur. Nearly all the villages of the state are connected by all-weather roads and are decent. The main connecting road is the National Highway 39 connecting lmphal with Dimapur in the neighbouring state of Nagaland. It runs through Mao in the extreme north of Manipur to the International border town of Moreh on the Indo-Myanmar border. NH-53 is another major highway that connects Imphal with Jirighat on the Manipur-Assam border. NH-150 connects Manipur with Seling in Mizoram. Manipur State Road Transport Corporation (MSRSTC) provides state road transport services. Private vehicle is best for tour

Tags: Manipur Langthabal, Moirang, Moreh, Singda, Phubala, Khongjom, Ukhrul, Keibul-Lamjao National Park, Kachouphung Lake and Khangkhui Cave

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