Imphal a small town tucked away amidst the beauty of nature is also the capital of Manipur. The town came into the light during the Second World War when the Japanese waged war over this place. Although the war scorched this region, the people here went out of their way to restore it to its previous glory and thus Imphal rose like a phoenix from the ashes.
There are many places to visit in Imphal, of which the most visited one is the Kangla Palace, which contains the history of the region. Tourists coming here can visit the many other attractions this place holds and be amazed by the beauty of this place. Here is a guide to the places you should visit when travelling to Imphal.
One of the places to visit in Imphal is the Kangla Palace, which is the pride of Manipur. Situated on the banks of Imphal river, the palace can be described as a fortress city. Ruled by the Meitei kings the palace now lies in ruins but still holds the glory of its hey days. Tourists coming here can explore the ruins and also take a stroll across the river banks. You can also head here for a picnic with your family.
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One of the tourist places in Imphal is the Polo Ground, believed to be the oldest in the world. It is beloved that the Meitei kings played a game that closely related to polo. Later, during the British reign the open field was the polo ground for the generals. Even today this ground is used to play polo. Tourists coming here can view a polo match here or can simply walk the grounds and enjoy the vast open field.
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Shree Govindajee Temple
Another place to visit in Imphal is the Shree Govindajee Temple, which is a Vaishnavite temple in Manipur. It is located close to the Royal Palace and houses idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balaram, Lord Krishna and Goddess Subhadra. Devotes come here to pray to the gods and seek their blessings. Tourists visiting this place can marvel at the beauty of the temple architecture and also go through the various inscriptions etched on the walls here.
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A unique place in Imphal is the Ima Keithel market, which is the only market of its kind in the world. This market is completely run by women. Be it vegetables or meat, handlooms or handicrafts, all the shops in this market are run by the women of Imphal. Tourists coming here can buy almost anything from the variety available. The market is also entertaining as you get to see the ladies haggling over the prices with one another. It is the perfect place to go shopping in Imphal.
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Manipur Zoological Gardens
Another tourist place in Imphal is the Manipur Zoological Gardens, which was constructed to protect the wildlife of the region. Also known as the Jewel Box of Manipur this place is known to safeguard few endangered species of wildlife.
The Manipur Zoological Gardens has been specially constructed for preservation of rare species. Located about eight kilometres from Imphal on theImphalKangchup Road, the Manipur Zoological Gardens covers an area of eight hectares. It is also known as the Jewel Box of Manipur as it is truly the home to some rare and endangered species. There are 55 species of birds and nearly 420 species of animals housed here. Tigers, Asiatic Lions and Thamim deer are few of the endangered animals kept here. A trip here is very educative as you get to know more about these animals and also a perfect way to spend the day for families with kids.
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Another tourist place to visit in Imphal is the beautiful Imphal valley, which is richly laden with hills covered in dense forests and many small streams. The many lakes and marshes here are hub for wildlife that roam these places. Tourists willing to come here have to get hold of a guide to take them through this picturesque valley. It is a haven for nature lovers too.
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How to Reach Imphal
By Air: Imphal Airport is located about 8 km from the city and there are direct flights from New Delhi, Kolkata, Guawahati, Aizwal, Bangalore and Silchar.
By Train: There are no railway stations in and around Imphal. Dimapur is the nearest major railway station and located 208 km from the town. It has direct trains to and from New Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata and many other places in the country.
By Road: You can reach Imphal by road from all major towns and cities in North East. It is 479 km from Guwahati connected by NH-39 and NH-150. You can also reach this city via Dimapur which is located at a distance of 208 km. If you are not driving down, you can travel by bus or taxi.
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