Earlier, entry to the state of Manipur was regulated by the central government, for both foreign and Indian tourists. According to the directives issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the state government relaxed existing guidelines and delegated powers to issue Protected Area Permits (PAP):
* To foreign tourists visiting in a group of at least two persons with a recognized travel agent who would act as an escort of the group for a maximum duration of 30 days.
* Foreigners married to Indian nationals belonging to Manipur are allowed to visit Manipur on tourist visa for a maximum duration of 90 days.
* Visiting foreigners involved in welfare/development project and IO/OCI card holder hailing from Manipur, would continue to require prior permission of MHA. After examining proposal in consultation with security agencies, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) may consider issue of Protected Area Permits to such visits, initially for a maximum term of 180 days.
Until recently, foreign tourists were required to travel by air from Calcutta to Imphal but as per official orders they will also be allowed to enter the state by road along with NH-39 and NH-53. The orders mention that the network would be Dimapur-Kohima-Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar.
The Indian tourists are required to obtain an Inner Line Permit in order to visit Manipur. The permit is issued by the Liaison officers of the Government of Nagaland at Guwahati, Shillong, New Delhi, Kolkata, and the Sub-Divisional Office (Civil) Dimapur.
Coming to the security aspects, Manipur, as of today, is the worst case scenario in the north-eastern region of India as far as militancy is concerned. The situation is further intensified as insurgent groups are not together in their cause. Several tensions exist between the different Hill tribes and the state has witnessed many clashes between Naga and Kukis, Kukis and Zomis.
Hotels & Resorts
Leikai Road, Imphal, India.
The Classic Hotel
North AOC, Imphal-795001, India.
M.G. Avenue, Imphal-795001, India.
Polo Ground Rd, near ICTV Office,
Imphal-795 001, India.
Hotel Anand Continental
Thangal Bazar, Imphal-795001, India.
Hotel White Palace
113 M.G. Avenue, Imphal-795001, India.
Imphal East, Imphal, Manipur.
NH 39, Imphal, Manipur-795001.
Imphal East, Imphal, Manipur.
How To Reach
The airport in Manipur is located at Imphal, the capital of the state. The airport is well connected to major Indian cities like Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata. Indian airlines operates regular flights to Manipur and other important cities in northeast India. All northeast cities are at approachable distance from the state.
Manipur does not have any railway network. The closest railhead to reach the state is Silchar in Assam. Other north-eastern railway stations are at Guwahati and Dimapur, which are serviced by some of the important trains flocking from different parts of the country. From these railway stations you can reach Manipur by road.
Manipur is well connected with the rest of India by a network of national and state highways. National Highway 39 links the region with major cities such as Kohima, Schilchar, Guwahati, Dimapur in the north-east India. The state transport corporation regulates scheduled buses from Imphal to the other cities in the area.