Ancient literature such as Mahabharata mentions Manipur as the place where Arjuna meets and falls in love with Chitrangada. Shiva and Parvati are part of the legendary Khamba-Thoibi love story in Manipur tradition.
Moreover, there have been several kings of Manipur in different periods from 1729 to 1949. According to one of the history, Meitei people have lived in the valleys of Manipur alongside the highlander Hao in the hills and valley in peace.
In the 19th century, the British empire conquered Manipur and it also witnessed the World War II. The Manipur Constitution Act of 1947 established a democratic form of government. Manipur became part of the Republic of India in October, 1949.It was made a union territory in 1956 and declared a state in 1972, with Mohammed Alimuddin becoming it’s first Chief Minister.
Manipur is bounded by Nagaland to the north, Mizoram to the south, and Assam to the west; Burma (Myanmar) lies to its east.
Fairs And Festivals
The Lai Haroaba Manipur dance festival showcases the folk dances of Manipur. Other festivals celebrated here are Lui-ngai-ni Ningol Chakouba, Yaoshang, Gan-ngai, Chumpha, Cheiraoba, Kang and Heikru Hidongba, as well as the broader religious festivals Eid-Ul-Fitr, Eid-Ul-Adha and Christmas.
Did You Know
The Sourashtra – Silchar Super Highway Project is being extended to Moreh, the border town Manipur has with Myanmar. With the proposed Moreh to Mae Sot (Thailand) highway coming up, Manipur is poised to become the Gateway to the South-East Asia.
Best Time To Visit
To experience the best of Manipur, come and visit it during the Sangai Festival that is held annually from 21 to 30 November.
How To Reach
Manipur is connected to other areas by daily flights through Imphal airport, the second largest in northeastern India. It can be reached through roadways and railways as well.
Imphal for it’s zoos, shopping zones, temples, gardens and unforgettable nightlife experience.
Other attractions are Loktak lake, Tamenglong waterfalls, Moirang for museums, lakes, culture, temples and history.