The tale of Ima Keithal Women's Market is interesting and inspiring. This is the world's only market which is run entirely by women. Ima Keithal is popularly known as Ima Market and a best shopping destination in Imphal.
One can find all sorts of goods from vegetables, herbs, handicrafts and clothes here. These women entrepreneurs play a significant role in the society.
Women in Manipur have always been upfront in everything and have contributed in a large way. Ima Keithal Women's Market is one example of the strength of women in the business background.
In your tour never miss visiting this unique market in Imphal.
Ima Market is also called as Mother's Market. The market is said to have began in 16th century. Till today it remains one-of-its-kind shopping centre in the world. Earlier, it was a place with number of sheds but now the market has one big building. Manipur has seen difficult times and wars. Beating all that this women's market is a symbol of feminine power.
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Women's Market – Venue
Mother's Market didn't have one particular place, it was scattered across an area. Now it is located in a building which called as Khawairaband Bazaar. It is exciting to see all women market bustling with crowds in the capital city of Imphal in Manipur.
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Ima Market has been a great inspiration for many. It gives a boost to the empowerment of women in the country. The market houses around 4000 women traders who sell varieties of goods. One can find fish stalls, clothes, bamboo crafts, fruit stalls, etc. Just a round in the bazaar will be enough for a good shopping day.
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Imphal, the capital of Manipur has seen a bloody past. Today, it is a well developed commercial centre in the state. The city also has a good road, rail and air transport system which connects it other parts of India. Imphal International Airport is also the second largest airport in North East India.
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Places to Visit in Imphal
Among various tourist places in Imphal, these attractions are a must visit: Kangla Fort, Shree Govindajee Temple, Imphal War Cemetery, Women's Market (Ima Keithal), Jama Masjid and Hiyangthang Lairembi Temple Complex.
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The enchanting vistas of Manipur has allured many travellers over the years. Its eco-cultural exchange with other parts of South East Asia has influenced its development.
Manipur is also known as Meeteileipak because of the indigenous tribals who have protected their land. The state also has a good green cover and a number of tourist attractions. A visit here will be very interesting as you get to see some different culture and people.
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