Samban Lei Sekpil Garden in Imphal

Samban Lei Sekpil Garden Overview

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The Samban-Lei Sekpil Garden is one of Manipur's star attractions, located just a few kilometres away from Imphal. Boasting of the tallest topiary in the world, measuring around 61 feet in height; it has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records (1999), Limca Book of Records (1992) and Indian Records of Topiary Art.

There is an interesting story behind the construction of this amazing garden. It was in 1983 when its creator - Moirangthem Okendra Kumbi came home and saw a tiny plant in a tin box that was planted by his sister in 1981. This plant was Samban-Lei - one of the commonly found shrubs in Manipur that is used mainly for fencing. For the same reason, Manipuris called this shrub Samban-Lei (Samban meaning 'fencing' and Lei meaning 'flower').

Later, Kumbi undertook an experiment to grow the shrub upright by cutting its branches and carving round figures out of it. Despite being told that it would not grow more than 20 feet, he never gave up and continued working on it. During the growing phase, Moirangthem carried the shrub to various exhibitions for display. To everybody's amazement, it grew so tall that he finally had to plant it permanently. In 1991, all the hard work and dedication earned him recommendation for the position of Assistant Horticultural Officer in the Horticulture Department of Manipur, from the then governor of the state.

At present, Kumbi climbs the supporting ladder at least twice a day to keep a check on the shape of this topiary with 44 steps. An artistic marvel created by nature and nurtured by man – the Samban-Lei Sekpil Garden is a place that people coming to Manipur should not miss.

  • Photo Opp

    Click as many pictures as you please of the world’s tallest topiary – though it might be a challenge to capture the entire structure in one shot.

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Location

Sagolban, Kwakeithel, Near Tidim Road, Imphal, 795001, Manipur