Churachandpur is the district headquarters of the largest district in Manipur also called Churachandpur. Locally the town is called Lamka, meaning the ‘place situated at a road junction’. The word Lamka is derived from the Manipuri words, ‘Lam’ meaning path and ‘Ka’ meaning junction. The district is beautiful as it is surrounded by small hills and narrow valleys. Churachandpur is 59 kilometres away from the state capital, Imphal.
Khuga Dam, a noted picnic spot, the tribal museums at Tuibuong and Thangzam road, Ngaloi Falls etc are some of the noteworthy tourist places that make Churachandpur tourism interesting. A trip to Churachandpur would not be complete without shopping in the town. You could carry home a bit of Churachandpur, the souvenirs from the place by shopping of handicrafts and indigenous art in Churachandpur.
Churachandpur is the second largest town in Manipur after Imphal and has been seeing rapid growth in the past few decades. For an otherwise insurgent-hit state, Churachandpur is a peaceful town and people from all communities of Manipur settle here for this reason. Thus, Churachandpur sees a cultural diversity as the Simte, Paite, Gangte, Hmar, Zou, Zou, Vaiphei, Zou, Lusei and Sukte (Tedim) live here harmoniously.
People and Their Way of Life
Earlier, Churachandpur district was nothing more than a few villages put together. Shifting cultivation was the main source of livelihood for the people here. Today, though agriculture remains one of the main sources of livelihood, the town is also known as an important commercial hub of the state. Weaving and animal husbandry are the other jobs people in Churachandpur excel in.
War-Ravaged but Reconstructed Churachandpur
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When the Japanese entered India through the North East, Churachandpur was one of the towns which witnessed heavy bombarding. The town was utterly devastated, but over the next fifty years or so it reconstructed itself completely and came to be known as a peaceful town of Manipur.
Best Time to Visit Churachandpur
The best time to travel to Churachandpur is between October and March.