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Tamenglong - Land Of Virgin Forests And Unexplored Picturesque Hills


A hilly district, Tamenglong is all hills, valleys and ranges. The beautiful district of Tamenglong is one of the nine districts of Manipur. Tamenglong is a marvellous district full of natural and cultural diversity. Home to rare orchids, virgin forests, rare species of birds and animals, Tamenglong is also known as the Land of the Hornbill. Tamenglong is situated in the west of Manipur and is bounded by Senapati district in the east and north, Churachandpur in the south and Imphal West and some parts of Assam in the west. According to the 2011 census, Tamenglong is the least populous district of Manipur.

In between the hills and ranges, small hamlets dot the valleys increasing the mystic beauty of the place. The topography of Tamenglong consists of sandstone, schist and shale making the soil and rocks weak. The result is that Tamenglong experiences regular landslides.

Tourist Places In And Around Tamenglong

River Barak and the seven waterfalls, Tharon cave, Zeilad lake and Buning (N-piulong) meadow are some of the tourist places which make Tamenglong tourism significant.

Biodiversity Hub

Tamenglong can also be described as a biodiversity hub as it is home to several exotic and rare species of birds and animals. Tourists visiting Tamenglong may get the chance to view hog deer, pheasants, wild boars, wild dogs, hyenas and leopards. Tigers have also been sighted in the forest covers of the district. The forest cover can be distinguished into three types, namely, tropical evergreen forest, bamboo brakes and subtropical forests.

The Zeliangrong Nagas and the Kukis constitute the main tribal population of Tamenglong. There are many festivals celebrated here and some of them are Orange Festival, Rih-Ngai (Chaga Ngai), Gudui-Ngai, Banruhmei and Tarang.

How To Reach Tamenglong

Travellers planning a trip to Tamenglong can reach the destination via air, rail and road.

Best Time To Visit Tamenglong

The best season to visit Tamenglong is after the monsoon ends, that is, from October to March. Adequate warm clothes should be carried for this time. Tourists can also plan a trip during the end of summers. But the monsoons should be avoided as travelling becomes a problem then.

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How to Reach Tamenglong

  • By Road
    National Highway 53 and National Highway 39 connect Manipur to the rest of the country. To reach Tamenglong, tourists will need to travel on NH53 via the Old Cachar Road and the Tamenglong Khongsang Road. The state highways also reach Tamenglong from Imphal and are served by the state transport buses.
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  • By Train
    Since Manipur doesn’t have a railhead, the nearest railway station is at Dimapur. To reach Tamenglong, tourists will need to break the journey via Imphal. Dimapur is 215 kilometres from Imphal. Add another 158 kilometres to reach Tamenglong. There are regular vehicles available from both Imphal and Dimapur to reach Tamenglong.
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  • By Air
    The Imphal Airport is the nearest airhead to Tamenglong. Imphal is 158 kilometres from Tamenglong while the airport is situated 8 kilometres from the capital city. The Imphal airport is well connected to the rest of the country on a daily basis. From the airport shuttle vehicles can be easily availed to reach Tamenglong.
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