It’s always a luxury to experience and witness significant places when you travel. Nothing freshens our minds quite like travel does. No doubt people love to venture into new destinations, may it be for business purposes, vacation, leisure or anything in particular. It’s a no-brainer that traveling makes you happier and calmer, also letting you recharge and disconnect from your daily mundane routine.
While you are in Manipur amidst the thundering and pompous event of Femina Miss India 2023 sponsored by the Manipur Tourism Department with co-presentation by VLCC & Trends, it would be killing two birds with one stone to have a little escape in the city of Imphal. A treat to yourself as a Femina getaway hamper is an exclusively needed itinerary. And what is a better activity than exploring around the city randomly, hanging out with the locals and doing whatever you want while you’re at it. Considering as much, It would be a waste to only get a glimpse of Femina Miss India 2023 without sipping in the life of Manipuris.
To make your trip to Femina Miss India 2023 a lot more worthy and memorable, JUJULUM sorted out a few places you shouldn’t miss in Manipur:
Kangla Fort: ‘Kangla’ meaning Dry Land is one of the top tourist attractions in the state known for its rich archaeological and historical sites. Situated in the center of the city of Imphal, Kangla Palace is a symbol of Manipur’s glory. Some of the major features include Nunggoibi, a temple devoted to the Goddess of War, The Nungjeng Eekon, a sacred pond believed to be the abode of Lord Pakhangba, Kangla Museum, Citadel, Shri Govindaji Temple, Lord Ibudhou Pakhangba Leishang, the deity of the place. In all its greatness, Kangla should be right up the sleeve for art and history enthusiasts (or not).
Cheirao Ching: Highest viewpoint located in the heart of Imphal, Cheirao Ching offers you a picturesque vista of Imphal city from atop the hill. Young and old climb up the steps to relieve, rejuvenate and revive the lost strength. If you’re looking for a stress release activity or burning a few calories Cheirao Ching is your place. In addition, one will get to see statues of the four martyrs who serve as an inspiration to the people of Manipur. Won’t be a surprise when it becomes one of the busiest tourist places.
Santhei Natural Park, Andro: Located at about 21 km from Imphal in the North Eastern side of Manipur, Andro Park is known for its naturally beautiful landscape. It is the perfect place for picnics and outings, and unarguably making the spot most popular destination among locals and tourists alike. One can also shop for handicrafts and pottery items from the local artisans and visit the orchid farm near the park. Lose yourself in this artistic breath of fresh air and pictorial greens.
Loktak Lake: As Taj Mahal is to India, Loktak is to Manipur. The largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, Loktak holds the principal attraction of the state with its naturally unique stretch of floating miniature islands called Phumdis. Visitors are blessed with scenic views of the lake and various water activities such as boating and fishing. Keibul Lamjao National Park located on the Loktak Lake, the only floating National Park in the world is an added bonus you don’t want to miss out. You will get to catch sight of the last natural habitat of the “Sangai”, the dancing deer of Manipur. Get to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Ema Keithel (Women’s Market): If you want to get a first-hand experience of the Manipuri locals, Ema Keithel or also known as Mother’s Market is a go-to. It is Asia’s largest All- Women market run by more than 5000 women vendors. Here you will find a huge range of products such as handlooms, handicrafts, traditional clothings, textiles, and household groceries. An unusual yet interesting custom or rule followed by the women in this market is that only married women are allowed to trade. It’s an imperative mention that this market plays a vital role in Manipur’s economy. Go get a souvenir from Ema Market for your dear ones instead of the typical travel souvenirs.
War Cemetery: Lushy green and peaceful Cemetery of the martyred soldiers of World War 2 is just steps away from Khuman Lampak Stadium, the hosting place for Femina Miss India 2023. So why not slither off from the roaring crowd and refresh yourself in this immaculately well maintained burials of the gallant British and Indian soldiers. The names on the bronze plaquettes serve as a commemoration to the lost souls. You can also get an Instagram worthy picture here.
RKCS Art Gallery and Museum: This famous art institution is the place to witness and savor pure artistic excellence. Legendary artist Rajkumar Chandrajitsan Singh Art Gallery will walk you through a splendid display of his own masterpieces, contemporary history, culture, art, installations and movie poster collections that you can’t help but laud the exquisite works. You don’t necessarily have to be an art lover to admire the visual delights this museum has in store for visitors.
Khongjom War Memorial Complex: A place that was built in remembrance of the brave fighters in the Anglo-Manipur War that took place in the 18th century. Situated at Thoubal District which is 36 kilometers away from the Imphal capital, this historical complex houses the world’s tallest sword statue, green lawns and water pond. The grand and beautiful Khongjom Memorial stands as a symbol of the glorious chronicle of Manipur.
Manipur State Museum, Kakching Garden, Manipur Zoological Garden, ISKCON Temple, Singda Dam are few other places you can explore too.
Takeaway: All the places mentioned carry a deep history and hold a special meaning for the people of Manipur. So, beat the test of time to take a sip of Manipur’s rich culture and tradition through these significant sights before you dive into the hustle and bustle of life. Go home with the memories you make in this unexplored part of India.
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