Home to the only floating National Park of the world.
Much like most of the northeast, Imphal has an untouched charm to it. It is considered as a part of the valley region of Manipur. Endowed with natural beauty beyond comparison, the city is also extremely significant in terms of history. Ruins of the Royal Palace of Kangla are located right in the city surrounded by a moat. Doesn't that sound like a treat to your eyes?
This is the largest city in the northeast and houses the oldest Polo Ground in the world. The city is located in between the Kobrou and Namaijing Ranges and a plethora of tribes are spread out in this region. It is coloured with rich flora and fauna.
The lush green landscapes will offer you some postcard-worthy pictures and the experience of Imphal would be like a walk through time and history to a contemplative soul.
If you are a meat-lover, you probably already know that this is the right place for you. Treat the foodie in you to some local Manipuri delicacies that you can't find elsewhere. Some must-try dishes are
1. Kangsoi, which is prepared from dry fish,molasses and rice.
2. Eromba, a delicacy made of mashed potatoes and fermented fish.
You must note that fish, over here is an integral part of their staple meal. So they consider it to be vegetarian. So keep in mind to specify if you want a truly vegetarian meal.
Some of the best places to eat are:
1. Naobas Chakumang Restaurant
2. Classic Cafe
3. Happy Belly
Top things do in Imphal
How to reach
Imphal is well connected to its neighboring states, especially to Guwahati in Assam and to Kolkata. The most convenient way to reach Imphal would be through air travel.
How to Reach by Flight
The Capital city of Manipur, Imphal houses an International Airport that is well connected with the major cities of Guwahati and Kolkata.
How to Reach by Train
Travelling to Imphal by train is not a very good choice. The entire state is not well connected by trains. The nearest railway station is located in Kohima in the state of Nagaland and it is an 5 hour journey from Kohima to Imphal.
How to Reach by Bus
The city is well connected to Dimapur and Guwahati by buses that run on daily basis.
How to Reach by Road
Imphal is well connected by road to all its surrounding states. Most travellers prefer to reach Imphal by taxi as the road offers some great locations for postcard perfect pictures.
How to travel within
Start your day with the local deity of Manipur in Moirang, and then visit the Kangla fort and Shaheed Minar. After a lunch with traditional Manipuri delicacies, Visit the National Park, Loktak lake and Sendra Island. Enjoy a serene sunset at the lake.
Visit Shree Govindaji Temple, Singda dam and Manipur State Museum. End the evening by shopping for some local crafts at the Ima market, where all the stalls are run by women.