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Imphal is the capital city of the Manipur, lies in the North Eastern part of Manipur, also known as ‘The Jewel of the East’. Imphal is acknowledged for its sylvan beauty and is placed at an altitude of 786 meters above sea level. Manipur is a land of many tribes, the history and tradition of Imphal can be sensed out with even its songs, dance, oral tradition, culture, etc. which are still very much in practice.
Imphal is the cultural capital and derived its name from Yumphal, meaning ‘land of many villages’. Imphal is criss-crossed by several hill ranges, valleys and woods and is sprinkled with rivers like Imphal, Iril, Sekmai, Thoubal and Khuga and their tributaries.
The beautiful city looks like a painted cloud with, having its bottom of lush green forests, which accompany dotted green, blue and brown hill ranges forming a garland encircling the valley. With that, orchids add a tinge to the scenery.
Imphal houses numerous time-honored monuments such as temples and ceremonial places, which took their existence during the bygone era. The city has witnessed the sovereignty of several rulers like Pakhangba, Khagemba, Khunjaoba, Maharaja Bhagyachandra, etc.
It is said that the scars of battle makes a beautiful face a horrible one; however Imphal would force you to have a change of opinion. This fascinating city has once played a role of the backdrop for the famous and bloody battle of Imphal. This picturesque little beautiful city is encircled by hills that protect it from all the directions.
Imphal comprises the population of Meiteis, Bamons (Manipuri Brahmins), Pangans (Manipuri Muslims), hill tribes like Kabuis, Tangkhuls, Paite, etc. and Indian migrants like Marwaris, Punjabis, Bengalis, Biharis, etc. The languages used in Imphal are Meiteilon (Meitei language or Manipuri), Hindi, English, Burmese and Tibetan. Imphal travel and tourism is a popular among the Indian and foreign tourists alike and for that the Imphal tour packages are a perfect way of exploring the splendor of the destination in North Eastern India.
General facts about Imphal Location: North-Eastern India Altitude: 786 m Language: Manipuri, English, Hindi Climate: Cold, tropical and moderate Major Attractions: Churachandpur, Senapati and Tamenglong Ideal Time to Visit: October to March
Tourist sightseeing in Imphal Imphal holds many attractive places to visit such as Kangla Fort, Shree Govindajee Temple, War Cemeteries, Ima Keithel, Manipur Zoological Gardens, Manipur State Museum, Matai Garden, Sambal-Lei-Sekpil garden, etc. are the prime attractions of Imphal Tourism. Imphal also offers further trips to popular destinations like Keibul Lamjao National Park, Chandel, Churachandpur, Senapati and Tamenglong.
Climate of Imphal Imphal experiences a moderate climate. The city witnesses rains almost all throughout the year. The winters here are very cold and have summers in the months of May and June.
How to reach Imphal
Imphal By Air: The city has its own airport which lies just at a distance of 8 km from the centre of the city.
Imphal By Rail: The nearest railway head is in Dimapur, which is at 215 km from Imphal.
Imphal By Road: Imphal has a good network of roadway service with Dimapur.