Bishnupur, the cultural and religious capital of Manipur, is believed to be the place where Lord Visnu resides. This small town which has been far from the prying eyes of tourists has its own share of beauty and secrets hidden here.
Although it is not a famous tourist hub that shouts about various attractions, a visit here is certainly refreshing and rejuvenating.
Ibudhou Thangjing Temple
The Ibudhou Thangjing Temple is dedicated to Lord Ibudhou Thangjing. It is belived that the Lord protects the town from evil and drives away any calamities that are about to strike here.
It is highly revered by the locals here who come here to pay homage to the Lord. Tourists coming here can also pay their respects at this temple and also enjoy the scenic view which surrounds this holy place.
Keibul Lamjao National Park
The Keibul Lamjao National Park is the only floating national park in the world. The park houses a variety of animals and birds here of which mention must be made of the dancing deer otherwise known as Sangai.
It is a haven for nature lovers, bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts who travel to this unique Park to catch a glimpse of the wildlife roaming here.
A snake spotted at the national park.
Photo Courtesy: priyasavy
INA Memorial Complex
The INA Memorial Complex was the headquarters of the Indian National Army which was led by Netaji Subash Chandra Bose. It was here where for the first time the flag of Azad Hind Fauz was hoisted.
The memorial has a bronze statue of the Dr. Bose alongwith several badges, letters and articles of this freedom fighter. Tourists coming here gets a glimpse into the life of the hero and also the various struggles he went through.
The Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the north-east. The unique aspect about this lake is that it is the only lake in the world which has a natural floating island on it.
The island is inhabited by the locals and there is also a National Park here. The island also has to its name a fish farm as well.
Tourists coming here will be awed by the beauty of this lake and it is an ideal place to go for a picnic with your family.
A house on the floating island lake.
Photo Courtesy: Sharada Prasad CS
How to Reach Bishnupur
By Air: Imphal Airport is the nearest airport to Bishnupur which is 27 kilometres away from the district headquarters. All major airlines connect to Imphal from Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata.
By Train: Bishnupur, in fact Manipur has no broad gauge rail line. Thus if, tourists want to travel to Bishnupur by train, they will first need to reach Dimapur, located 236 kilometres away.
By Road: National Highway 150 connects the state capital with Bishnupur and serves as the lifeline to the district. The NH 150 reaching Imphal is connected to the rest of the country through NH 39 (reaching Guwahati) and NH 53 (from Silchar). NH 150 crosses all major towns in the district.