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Flights to Imphal

Flights to Imphal –

Imphal lies in the north eastern part of India and is the capital of Manipur, one of the Seven Sister States. Surrounded by northeastern hills, Imphal is a small and serene city with unique traditions, diverse cultures and picturesque environment. The city is well routed to north eastern states by air and roadways. Direct flights from Kolkata, Guwahati and Delhi regularly connect to the city. There is no railhead connecting to Imphal, the nearest railhead is located at Dimapur, around 7 hours drive from the city.

Overview

Imphal was home to Manipuri Maharajas until British conquered the city in 1892. The city was under the ruled of British till 1947 and it has seen many battles of historical importance including the World War II and Indo-China War. Imphal is also often referred to as “Cultural capital of Manipur”, with various traditional festivals and cultural shows taking place in the city at regular intervals. Some of the famous festivals celebrated in the city include Cheirouba (Manipuri New Year), Holi, Ningol Chakouba (social festival of Manipur) and Rath Yatra. The city enjoys cold winter, moderate hot summer and mild monsoon. Travel to Imphal and explore what the city has to offer. It can be best visited from October to March.

City Attractions

Rich in history, cultures and traditions, Imphal offers a plethora of places of tourist interest. Kangla Fort, located in the heart of the city, was once the palace of Manipuri Kings, and is a must visit place. The temples of Shree Shree Govindaji and Sri Krishna are among the famous temples in the city. Khwairamband Bazaar or Ima Market in the city is world renowned and is run only by women. Loktak Lake, situated around 48 km from the city, is one of the largest freshwater lakes in India and is also a well known tourist place. Other popular sites that you can visit when in Imphal are War Cemetery, Singda Dam, Manipur State Museum, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Shaheed Minar and Manipur Zoological Garden.

Eating & Shopping

During your trip to Imphal, don’t miss to savor the delicious local cuisines like Eromba (boiled vegetables smashed together with chilly and roasted fermented fish), fish curry, bamboo shoot curry, singju (local salad) and kangshoi (stew of seasonal vegetables). Classic hotel (North AOC road) and Nirmala (MG Avenue Road) are the best places to savor authentic local delights along with other variety of cuisines in the city. Route 39 (at Mantripukhri), Flavor (at Thangmieband), Naoba restaurant (RIMS road) and Big Bowl are other popular eating joints in Imphal.

Shopping in Imphal will be a great experience as the city has plenty of shops and stores selling a wide range items for every pocket. You can shop for both local and imported items at Gambhir Shopping Complex, Thangal Bazaar and Paona Bazaar, which are the main shopping centers in the city. Ima Market, the only market in the world to be run by women, is also a famous market in the city where you can buy all kinds of items of Manipuri origin such as woven goods, brassware, and handicraft items.

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