NE 51 : 04 days Manipur Experience

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Manipur, is a little Shangarila, endowed by nature’s bounty. Least visited , it awaits the exploring tourist. The oval shaped valley is surrounded by blue green hills, With its rivers and lakes, exotic blooms, and diverse flora, it is rich in art and culture. The people of Manipur include Meitei, Nagas, Kuki-Chin-Mizo , Gorkhas and Muslims – all have lived in complete harmony for centuries. These are the people whose folklore, myths and legends, dances, indigenous games and martial arts, exotic handlooms and handicrafts are of interest to the visitor.
On this tour you will visit all the interesting sights of Manipu r – Lakes, forests, exotic flora, fauna, historical battle sites, bazaars and temples and peep into the unique culture and lifestyles.

 

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Day 01 : Arrive Imphal

 

Arrive imphal by air from Delhi, Guwahati or Kolkata
Transfer to hotel . In the afternoon visit the Shri Govindajee Temple – an elegant Vaishnavite shrine. It stands adjacent to the palace of the former rulers of the state. The temple was built in the early 18th century.
Overnight at your hotel.

Day 02 : Imphal and surroundings: Moirang – Lotak Lake- Keibul Lamjao NP – Khwairamband Bazaar tour

During the second world War , it was at Manipur that the Japanese invaded India. The Imphal Valley and Kohima Hills in Nagaland are the locations where some of the bloodiest battles were faught between the Japanese and British Indian armies. These were decisive turning points in history. Today you will visit the Indian National Army Museum at Moirang, where the first INA flag was unfurled on Indian soil on April 14th, 1944.

Also visit the Japanese war memorial which honours the Japanese soldiers who lost their lives fighting the battle for Imphal. (For an insight into this great battle of World War 2; read the book: Defeat into victory by Field Marshal Slim) Therafter drive to visit Lotak Lake and the adjacent Keibul Lamjo National Park.

The lovely and unique Lotak Lake, occupying an area of 287 sq kms, is the largest fresh water lake in the North East. The lake looks like a miniature inland sea. From the nearby Sendra island, visitors can get a bird’s eye view of this huge and beautiful stretch of water and the life on it, the fisherman and their families who live in neat huts on its shores are engaged in fishing and harvesting the water chestnut known as Heikak.

Lotak is also called the only Floating lake in the world due to the floating phumdis (heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matters at various stages of decomposition). 116 species of birds have been noted in the lake including 21 species of migratory waterfowl.

The Keibul Lamjao National Park is situated in the South Eastern shores of this lake, and is the largest of all the phumdis in the lake.

This is the natural habitat of one of the most endangered deer, the Brow-antlered deer (Cervus eldi eldi) which was once thought to be extinct, This park was created only to preserve and conserve this species of Eld’s Deer.

Return to your hotel for Lunch.

After lunch visit the atmospheric Khwairamband Bazaar ( Ima market). What makes this market different is that it is run by women. Split into two sections on either side of the road, it has tribal women clad in colorful, traditional attire, selling everything from hand-woven shawls, skirts, vessels, mugs and mats to fish, lotus, oranges and orange-flavored honey. And if you wander in the quaint by lanes around the market, you will get a glimpse of Manipur’s customs and traditions.
Overnight at your hotel.

Day 03: Imphal heritage village, World War 2 Cemetry, Kangla fort and Art Gallery tour

 

Drive 26 Kms to Andro Village, which is home to the Cultural Heritage exhibition. In this Mini Complex, are exhibited all kinds of things that relate to the material cultures of different ethnic groups of Manipur along with their own styles of traditional houses.

The indoor exhibition contains items used within the traditional houses of different indigenous groups of Manipur The outdoor exhibition displays stone monuments of the tribal groups of Manipur in the form of models in tune with the Megalithic Cultural practices.

Andro village; is a living heritage village. It is an example of the age-old cultures and traditions of Manipur. . The practice of fire worshipping is still continued in the temple of Panam Ningthou. It is prepared in turn by the every house-hold member of the village. A traditional system of village administration by nominating its members and the posts of authorities on the basis of lineages is practiced.

The community still preserve the traditional rituals and norms relating to the process of pot making.

Moreover, the villagers are nature loving people and always maintain a a pollution free ecosystem.In the afternoon visit the Imperial War Graves World War II cemetery at Imphal, Kangla Fort, Shahid Minar and RKCS Art Gallery.
Overnight at your hotel.

Day 04: Departure for next destination

Transfer to airport for departure to next destination; or transfer by car to Nagaland or Mizoram.

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