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Manipur

Jewel of the North East India

Manipur

Manipur is famous for its rich culture and traditions, scenic landscapes, natural beauty, and mouth-watering cuisines.

Manipur is also known as a peace-loving state with the most welcoming people. Known as the jewel on the North East India’s crown, Manipur has some pretty unique features, both natural as well as cultural.

The greatest attraction is perhaps the Keibul Lamjao National Park, the only floating national park in the world, that sits on unconsolidated decomposing matter locally known as phumdis. It is famous for the endangered species of Bow Antlered Deer or Sangai or Eld’s deer, colloquially called the ‘dancing deer’. The local inhabitants of the Meitei clan take great pride in this animal which has a special place in the folklore of the state and is also the state animal.  On the eastern side of the park is the equally famous Loktak Lake, the largest in the region and a Ramsar site. It is visited by several migratory birds during the months of winter. The distinctive nature of the park is that it is “too deep to be marsh, too shallow to be a lake.” It is overlooked by three peaks, one of them being Pabot , a great hiking destination.

Another great attraction for the trekkers is Dzouko Valley, in the district of Mao. This valley is well known for its natural environment, and flora and fauna. The valley is famous for its wide range of flowers in every season but the most famous one is the Dzüko Lily and it is found only in this valley. The best time to visit this valley is during the monsoons, when it provides a breath taking view of the surrounding landscapes.

The most important place of historical and archaeological significance in the state of Manipur is the Kangla. The kingdom of Manipur was established and developed at Kangla. It had been ruled by several large clans, including the Manang and the Meitei. Overtime, it developed into a formidable fortress, which is now being conserved.

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