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Imphal Travel Guide, India

Imphal Travel: General information

Imphal, the capital of a small state named Manipur in India, is an ideal location for those who want to spend their vacation amidst lush green hills and picturesque landscapes flooded with low running clouds. The city was crowned the capital of the state of Manipur during the British rule way back in 1826. Imphal is a tiny city that has relics of ancient temples, beautiful palaces wrapped in the natural beauty of hills, plains, gardens and orchids.


Area: 29.57 sq Km

Population: 221,492 (as per 2001 census)

Monetary unit: Indian Rupees

Languages spoken: Hindi, Manipuri, Bengali and various tribal dialects

Imphal travel guide: about Architectural Heritage

In Imphal you can come across a lot of temples and palaces that speak of its architectural wealth. The Sri Govindajee Temple is one such example that portrays classic architecture of the past. The Thangal General Temple is another great piece of architecture in the city. It is built in true Bengali style with a beautiful dome and magnificently decorated barriers. The Lord Sanamahi Temple is known for its diversity in architecture. The Baptistery styled construction with a huge roof of Gothic style gives a great look to the temple. Some parts of the temple are also built in Niagara style. Visiting these architectural marvels during your Imphal travel would definitely be a memorable experience

Imphal travel-guide: Economy and Infrastructure

The fertile soil and complimentary climate has made the region agriculturally rich. Apart from agriculture, new industries like electronics, information and technology and manufacturing units are giving a boost to the economy of the city. Cottage industries like weaving; making brass and bronze ware have been traditional industries. Tourism has always supported the economy of Imphal. Although the city does not have a large number of heritage sights and tourist attractions, the rich cultural heritage of the region has attracted tourists from all over the world.

The city has a fairly good infrastructure with a good network of rail, road as well as air network making your Imphal travel a pleasant affair. In addition, every nook and corner of the town is connected via auto rickshaws and taxis.

Imphal travel guide: People and culture

Imphal is the cultural storehouse of Manipur. The best way to get a glimpse of its cultural richness is visiting the city during the festivals. Traditional dance of Ras Lila, colorful costumes and delicious food will make your vacation an extraordinary affair during these fiestas. Visiting the famous Khwairamband Bazaar is the best way to know the local culture of the region. The market is full of women dressed in traditional attire selling great products like hand woven shawls, baskets, handicrafts and a lot more that can make a perfect souvenir for your dear ones back home.

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