Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Manipur-Tourist Attractions

keibul mamjao national park

Enriched with natural bounty, Manipur is nothing less than a little paradise on earth. Manipur, literally meaning a land of jewels, is adorned with a salubrious climate, exotic landscapes and seductive natural beauty. The rich culture and vibrant traditions of the land are very much depicted through the art, dance, theater and crafts of the people. The lush greenery of Manipur is enchanting and allures tourists from far off lands. The charming seasonal Shirui Lily at Ukhrul (district), the floating islands at Loktak Lake and Sangai (brow antlered deer) are some of the rare things found in this state. Moreover, Polo that is considered to be a royal game, originated from Manipur.

Shree Govindajee Temple

Shri Govindajee Temple is a prime tourist attraction in Manipur. The temple belongs to the Vaishnavites and is an important center positioned at the core of Imphal's traditions. Constructed in the early 18th century under the reign of Rajarishi Bhagyachandra, the Shri Govindajee Temple hosts festivals when hundreds and thousands of pilgrims come to offer prayers. The presiding deity is Lord Vishnu, flanked by the shrines of Jagannatha on one side and Balarama and Krishna on the other side. The twin gold domes, huge raised congregation hall and paved courtyard are remarkable features of this beautiful temple.

Keibul Lamjao National Park

A hub of rare and enthralling wildlife, Kelbul Lamjao National Park is located 53 kms from Imphal. It is the only floating National Park in the world (on the Loktak Lake) and is the last natural habitat of Brow Antlered Deer known as 'Sangai' (the dancing deer of Manipur). A glimpse of this rare specie is an exhilarating experience for any wildlife enthusiast. The unique wetland ecosystem is home to numerous other animals like Otter, Hog Deer, a host of water fowls and a number of migratory birds that can be spotted during November to March. The Forest Department has provided for two comfortable rest houses and maintains watch towers within the park.

loktak lake in manipur
Loktak Lake in Manipur

Loktak Lake

Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in North- Eastern India. The amazing experience is to watch the floating islands known as Phumdis (heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matters at various stages of decomposition). Tourists can hire small boats at nominal fee and see the fascinating way of living on these floating islands. The wetland is swampy and is suitable for several species to thrive on.

Moirang

Located about 45 kms from Imphal is the town of Moirang. It is one of the prime centres of early Meitei folk culture with the ancient temple of the Lord Thangjing situated here. Moirang 'Lai Haraoba' is a very popular ritual dance festival held every year in the town in the moth of May. Men and women dress up in colorful traditional costumes, and sing and dance in the honour of the Lord. Moirang also holds a special place in the history of the Indian struggle for freedom. It was in this town that the flag of the Indian National Army was first unfurled on April 14, 1944.

leimaram waterfall manipur
Leimaram Waterfall

Leimaram Waterfall

Leimaram Waterfall is a famous tourist and picnic spot, located about 27 kms from Imphal, in the Sadar hill area, Senapati district. Several tourists flock to this spot to relish the scenic view of the waterfall and the natural beauty surrounding it. It comprises three falls with the first fall about thirty meters high.

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