Kangla Fort in Imphal

The existence of this fort dates back to 33 AD

The existence of this fort dates back to 33 AD | Photo credit: Mongyamba/Wikipedia

Kangla Fort Overview

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Situated close to the banks of the Imphal River, the Kangla Fort or Kangla Palace is a symbol of Manipur's glory. The word ‘Kangla’ means dry land in Manipuri or Meetei language. Kangla was the ancient capital of Manipur and a number of Meetei monarchs have ruled the destination from this fort.

The existence of this fort dates back to 33 AD, when the mythical God-King of Manipur, Nongda Lairen Pakhangba first ascended the throne. It was gradually renovated and developed by successive kings who ruled the place. King Khagemba (1597-1652) ordered the construction of a brick wall on the western gate of the palace. Afterwards, Khunjaoba (1652-1666), his son put in immense efforts in beautifying the fort. It is believed that he excavated a moat on the western side of this palace. In 1891, it was taken over by the British army after the Anglo-Manipur War. Later, the Assam Rifle took control of it, until 2004.

On 20th November 2004, the Kangla Fort was handed over by the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the state government of Manipur. At present, the fort is open for visitors and is a major tourist attraction of the state. A visit to the Kangla Fort is a must for art lovers and historians as this ancient fort holds immense archaeological, religious and historical significance.

  • Opening Closing Time 7 am to 5 pm

  • Photo Opp

    The splendid architecture of this fort provides numerous opportunities to click some fabulous pictures.
  • Entrance Fee INR 2



Kangla, Imphal, 795001, Manipur