Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • First Timers
  • Culture Vultures
  • Lovebirds
  • Something Different
    • Language

      Manipuri (Meitei), English and Hindi
    • Altitude

      786 meters
    • Time zone

      GMT + 05.30 hours
    • Theme

      Mountains

The green terrain, the sprawling forests, the comforting silence at the riverside and a colourful Manipuri culture- Imphal is indeed a visual treat for every traveller.

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  • Green Valley

    Greenery can be best described as the second nature of Imphal. If you love to stroll through the green landscape, venture out to the hilly area in Imphal.

  • Manipuri Culture

    Imphal is also known as the culture capital of Manipur as it is home to many traditional and tribal songs, dances as well as other folklores that is unique and will surely impress you.

Be prepared

  • Heavy Rainfall

    During the monsoon period (especially June and July), Imphal observes very heavy rainfall. Sometimes, it can rain throughout the day leaving you to do nothing but stay indoors.

Describing It

This is where the world’s oldest Polo ground and North-East’s largest freshwater lake exists, where Siroi lily (a popular state flower) grows and where endangered species of Sangai (Eld’s deer) roams; this is the capital and proud city of Manipur- Imphal. Imagine yourself being surrounded by the lush green landscape and sitting beside the calm waters of the many rivers (Iril, Sekmai, Thoubal) that flow in here. Nature and its small wonders are often found here in plenty. Dark forests, sprawling grasslands and the beautiful scenery form part of the unspoilt beauty of this valley.

If nature can leave you speechless, culture in Imphal will lure you to applaud every now and then. The local festivals call for a grand celebration by ever family residing in this city. These festivals are packed with foot-tapping folk dances (Pung Cholom, Ras Leela and Khamba Thoibi), soothing music and unique rituals which the people here follow religiously.

Witness nature in full bloom (especially during the months of April and May) at the Khonghampat Orchidarium where you would see countless varieties of orchids at one place. Up next, a few kilometres drive away from Imphal; the Waithou Lake which has recently become a popular touristy area offering water sports and boating facility backed by small food outlets along the street.

Last but not the least; you can shop for hand-woven shawls, decorative cane and ivory items, Manipuri handicrafts and souvenirs (do not to miss the pretty Manipuri dolls) from the local bazaars in Imphal.