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The major places of interest in the state of Manipur

Manipur is one of the top tourist spots in India. The state features an affluent tradition with dance, martial arts, plays and monuments. The verdant landscape coupled with the pleasant weather makes it charming for the travelers. Dzukou Valley at Senapati, the occasional Shirui Lily plant at Ukhrul, the Brow antlered deer (Sangai) as well as the hovering islands at Loktak Lake are the prime attractions of Manipur. The popular game polo has its source from Manipur as well. This is often dubbed as a royal game. Manipur is also famous for indigenous martial arts like Thang-ta which is practiced with swords. The most visited tourist attractions in Manipur are as follows:

Imphal: Imphal is the capital and a major traveler’s draw in the state. A number of tribes live in this historic city such as the Manipuri Muslims (Pangals), Meitei as well as other clans of people. Among all these people, the number of Meitei people is the highest. The distance of Imphal from Tulihal Airport, the exclusive airport of the state, is only 4.3 miles or 7 km. The district of the same name has been split into West and East and the newly built sports compound (Khuman Lampak Sports Complex) which was used for hosting the National Games in 1997 is a top tourist draw in the city. It comprises the principal arena and a velodrome for the bicyclists. If you are a shopping enthusiast, you will find the majority of imported commodities available at Gambhir Singh Shopping Compound, Paona Bazar, Leima Plaza as well as Ningthibi Collections. The city is home to a number of other tourist attractions like the Andro village, Shree Govindajee Temple, Manipur State Museum, a number of lakes, valleys, hills, and ecotourism sites. Shree Govindajee Temple is a famous site for Vaishnavites. Visitors come here to enjoy its diversity of festivals such as Kut (Post Harvest festival, takes place in November), Ningol Chakouba (also during November), Yaoshang (February/March), Christmas (December), Cheiraoba (Sajibugi Nongma Panba, March/April), and Gaan-Ngai.
Other than these, also visit Khwairamband Bazar, The Old Palace, Manipur Zoological Garden, War Cemeteries, Shaheed Minar, Khonghampat Orchidarium and Langthaband. The Loktak Lake is the biggest freshwater lake in the Northeast India and it is situated at a distance of 30 miles or 48 km from Imphal.

Bishnupur: It is a town lying in the district of the same name. The name originated from a prehistoric temple of Vishnu. Previously, it served as the capital of the Manipur monarchy. The temple was constructed in the 15th century and people also come here to see a tiny natural lake called Loukoipat. The lake is bordered by two hillocks and is a scenic feature in the town.

 
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