Manipur in India is the gateway to the north-eastern region and provides a mix of various things like religion, shopping and splurging, relaxation, enjoyment and history. It is blessed with scenic natural beauty, moderate climate and is a fusion of different cultures and traditions.
An important temple of the Vaishnavites, Shree Shree Govindaji Temple is a major attraction of Imphal, the capital of Manipur. The twin golden domes can be spotted from a distance.
Paved court and a raised congregation hall are the other features. It is situated near the palace of the former maharajas (kings) of Manipur. At the centre of the temple, you will find Lord Vishnu, flanked by Krishna, Balarama, Jagannath, Subhadra and Radha Govinda.
Khwairamband Bazaar is a favourite among shopaholics who love to shop for unique items like handloom shawls, bed sheets specially sewn by Manipur women, furniture and cane and wicker baskets. You will also get house hold stuff like vegetables, fishes and utensils. One amusing thing is that it is an all women’s market.
The Manipur State Museum is a place worth a visit because of the display of culture, nature, art and history of Manipur. Many science fairs and exhibitions are organized on a regular basis. Your children can be occupied at the children’s gallery while you are busy having a look at the huge collection of items.
Go boating on the Lotak Lake which gives you a great view of the birds which stay here. It is the largest fresh water lake in north India. The Sendra Island looks stunning because of the presence of crystal-clear spring water and colorful birds and plants. There is also a cafeteria where you can have a cup of coffee after sight-seeing.
Pay your tribute to the dead by visiting the War Cemeteries, maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Stones markers are used to commemorate the British and Indian soldiers who died during the Second World War.
So come to Manipur if you want to experience the joys of a simple life. This place, though is a lot crowded, provides for a peaceful vacation.