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Churachandpur – Culturally Diverse, Economically Important


Churachandpur is the district headquarter of the largest district in Manipur. 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 km away from the state capital, Imphal.

Tourist Places In And Around Churachandpur

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

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.

How To Reach Churachandpur

The nearest airport to Churachandpur is at Imphal, about 59 km away. By train people can travel up to Dimapur or Jiribam. The town by road is well connected to the other places of the state.

Best Time To Visit Churachandpur

The best time to travel to Churachandpur is between October and March.

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How to Reach Churachandpur

  • By Road
    The National Highway 150 also known as the Tedim Road connects Churachandpur to Imphal. This road serves as the lifeline to the town and subsequently to the district. Tourists can travel on state-run buses or hire private vehicles to reach Churachandpur from Imphal. The town is also well connected to other parts of the state.
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  • By Train
    Since Manipur doesn’t have any significant railway presence apart from the narrow gauge railway station at Jiribam, tourists seeking to board trains to reach Churachandpur will have to travel to Dimapur first. Dimapur is 174 kilometres away from this district headquarters, while Jiribam is 252 kilometres away.
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  • By Air
    Churachandpur doesn’t have any airport, and the nearest airhead is in Imphal, 59 kilometres away. Imphal is well served by all leading airlines in India. Daily flights to Imphal are available from Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. Tourists can hire prepaid taxis from the airport to directly reach Churachandpur on road.
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