Magnificent Manipur, literally meaning a “jeweled land” is studded with lush hills, emerald green valleys, turquoise lakes, cascading rapids, and deep dark woods. Its amazing beauty has own admiration from every visitor, Lord Irwin described it as the ‘Switzerland of India’, while Mrs. St. Clair Grimwood called it as “a pretty place more beautiful than many shown place of the world”, but the most fitting tribute was paid by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who called it as the 'Jewel of India'. The region came under the reigns of British, after the defeat of princely state (Kangleipak) in the Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891. Manipur witnessed fierce battles between the Japanese and Allied forces during the World War II.
The stunningly beautiful state has around 77 percent of its geographical area under forest and is very reach in bio-diversity. The Siroy Lily flower and Brown Antlered Deer, locally known as Sangai can only be found in Manipur. The State is also proud of its rich culture and heritage and is distinctly identified to the world by its own art forms and culture.
Main languages: Manipuri, Assamese, Bengali, English, Hindi
When to go: March to May, October to December
Getting There & Away: How to reach Manipur
Road: NH-39 links Imphal with Guwahati, Dimapur, Kohima, Silchar in the north-eastern part of India.
Rail: Manipur does not have any railway station. The nearest station is Dimapur which is linked to Guwahati and the rest of India.
Air: The airport at Imphal, the state capital is well connected to Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati.