Ukhrul, in Manipur, is one of the prettiest and most underrated parts of the country. The place is studded with stunning pastures, cascading waterfalls, and glittering lakes all throughout. With mesmerising vistas, a pleasant climate and unique indigenous aspects of its ethnic roots, Ukhrul is nestled amidst the hills and lakes of Northeast India. This place is not just visually alluring but the authentic culture of the Northeast and the home-like hospitality of the tribes, all secretly conspire to make Ukhrul slide into your checklist of must visits. Travelling to this place is intriguing as one can truly feel the calmness and beauty of nature. Ukhrul has numerous tourist spots; hence, for all that travel can offer, the places in Ukhrul altruistically shower more than what one can discern. Here are some of the places you can sneak-a-peek into and definitely must visit when in Ukhrul.
1. Shirui Kashong Peak
The Shirui Kashong peak in Ukhrul, Manipal is a paradise for wildlife lovers and naturists alike. Perched at a height of 2,835 m above sea level, the peak is famous, for it is the birthplace of most of the major rivers flowing across Ukhrul. Apart from the breathtaking beauty of its majestic height, the peak is studded with the seasonal Shirui lilies, which adorn its slopes all throughout. In the months of May to June, these Shirui lilies bloom in abundance on the hilltop of the peak. One of the chief attractions of the peak is the blooming of the rare Shirui lilies. With scenic cliff-top panoramas flanked by stretches of colourful wildflowers and the seasonal Shirui lilies, the Shirui Kashong peak is also home to some rare birds and wildlife.
2. Khayang Peak
Being the highest peak of the Ukhrul district, the Khayang Peak stands at a height of 3114 m above the sea level. Perched at such a height, the peak provides a bird's eye view of the little hamlets snuggled between the undulating valleys, shimmering rivulets and the rolling wild hills, of the entire region. If you are up for an adrenaline rush, then the trekking trail of the Khayang Peak is there to suit your fancy. With mesemerising and enchanting views of the picturesque environs around, the sight of a sunrise from the peak atop is surely something you should experience at least once in your life. The all-encompassing scenic beauty of the Khayang Peak is a treat for the soul.
3. Khangkhui Cave
The caves of Khangkhui are the most notable ones. Made of limestone, the caves consist of two large compartments, five tunnels and one large hall. Many spine-chilling legends and myths are common to this place. Legend has it that the caves were once inhabited by a demon king, who had two wives. The two compartments of the cave are supposed to belong to his wives, while he rested in the hall. From a pragmatic point of view, history has it that the cave is in relevant connection to the people who took refuge there at the time of World War II. Many archaeologists have even discovered several artefacts from this cave, which date back to the Palaeolithic era.
4. Nillai Tea Estate
If you are a tea lover, then you have all good reasons to visit this majestic tea estate of Ukhrul, the Nillai tea estate. One of the most unique features of this estate is the tea leaves are all hand-plucked and sun-dried, which in turn enriches the medicinal properties of the leaves. The uniqueness of these tea leaves lies in the fact that the right flavour comes only when they are boiled the second time. A visit to this place is definitely an assault to the senses, with colours and landscapes of the low-lying clouds hanging over the lush green undulating Nillai tea estate. Vistas of lush green tea plantations as far as the eye can see will make you never want to leave the place.
Best Time To Visit Ukhrul
Ukhrul has a pleasant climate all throughout the year; hence, making it a year-round destination. The summer months are more favourable than the winter months though, as the winter temperature ranges from a minimum of 2°C to a maximum of 15°C. The summer months have an average temperature of 20°C-25°C.
How To Reach Ukhrul
By Air: The closest airport to Ukhrul is located at Imphal, which is at a distance of about 105 km from the town. Frequent cab services are available from the airport.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Ukhrul is located in Dimapur, Nagaland, which lies at a distance of about 314 km from the town. The station is the major railhead that serves both the states of Nagaland and Manipur and is well connected to other parts of the country.
By Road: The Imphal Interstate Bus Terminal is the nearest bus station to Ukhrul that connects Ukhrul to all the major parts of the country.