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Happy Holidays – Manipur

Manipur, a little Shangrila located in North-East India, is a Jewel of India. An oval shaped valley surrounded by blue green hills, rich in art and tradition has inspired description such as the “Switzerland of the East” with its cascading rapids, tripling rivers, varieties of flowers, exotic blooms and lakes. Shaheed Minar marks the indomitable spirit of the patriotic Meitei and tribal martyrs who sacrificed their lives while fighting the British in 1891. Kangla has a significant place in the heart and mind of the people of Manipur and the relics are perfect reflection of the rich art and culture of Manipur and civilization. Shree Shree Govindajee Temple is one of the most attractive sights for the tourists. Twin domes, a paved courtyard, and a large raised congregation hall form a perfect backdrop for priests who descend the steps, to accept offerings from devotees in the courtyard. Manipur Zoological Garden gives one an opportunity to see the graceful brow antlered deer (Sangai), one of the rarest and endangered species in the world, in sylvan surroundings. Loukoi Pat is a tiny lake and a retreat for visitors from within and outside the state. Boating facilities and the scenic beauty of the place is able to mesmerize the visitors. Khonghampat Orchidarium houses over 110 rare varieties of orchids, which include dozens of endemic species. Bishnupur is a picturesque town and is famous for its chiselled stoneware. Red Hill (Lokpaching) is a thrilling spot where the British and the Japanese fought a fierce battle during World War II. Sadu Chiru Waterfall is a picturesque site famous for its perennial Water Fall in a scenic foot hill. Kangchup is a health resort on the hills over-looking the Manipur valley. The scenery is picturesque and worth seeing by the construction of Singda Dam here. Loktak Lake is the largest fresh water lake in the north-east region. From the Tourist Bunglow set atop Sendra Island, visitors get a bird’s eye view of life on the Lake— small islands that are actually floating weeds on which the Lake-dwellers live in the backdrop of the shimmering blue water of the Lake. Moreh is a real shopping paradise for shoppers where sundry products ranging from electronics to daily consumables are available in plenty.

Churachandpur is a bustling tribal town and district headquarter where products of arts and crafts of the area are available in the local market. Ukhrul is the highest hill station and is a centre of a colourful warrior tribe, the Tangkhul Nagas. Ukhrul is also known for a peculiar type of land-lily, the Siroi Lily. Tamenglong houses mysterious caves, splendid waterfalls and exotic orchids. The Tharon cave, Buning meadow, Zilad lakes, Barak Waterfalls are some of the places of tourist interest.

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