Top Tourist Attractions in Imphal East
Imphal East is one of Manipur’s 16 districts, located in northeastern India. It is the state’s second most populated district, after Imphal West, as of 2011.
Imphal East District is a place of scenic beauty, beautiful terrain, pleasant temperature, and a rich cultural history with significant tourist potential.
The Directorate of Tourism, Manipur, manages the tourist houses in Kaina for accommodation of tourists visiting the area as part of strengthening the tourism infrastructure. Modern amenities have been added to Hotel Imphal, which is located in the centre of the city.
Shree Shree Govindagee Temple, Andro, Sekta archaelogical Living Museum, and Mutua Bahadur Museum are among of the tourist attractions in Imphal East District worth seeing. The two war cemeteries, which are maintained by the British War Grave Commission, are a popular tourist attraction. In addition, there is a temple in Kaina, which is a Hindu sacred site. In addition, Mahabali’s Hanuman Temple is a prehistoric site in the state. Poiroupat’s natural beauty in the past, when it was a lake surrounded by a tiny hilltop, was beyond description, and many lotus, lily, and other floating plants were cultivated there, but today it is no longer a lake, and is instead used as an agricultural region.
Best Places to Visit in Imphal East
- Shree shree govindajee temple
- Santhei natural park
- War cemetery
- Mutua bahadur museum, andro
- Sanamahi kiyong temple
- Hanuman thakur temple
SHREE SHREE GOVINDAJEE TEMPLE
Shree ShreeGovindajee Temple is a historic Vaishnavite centre in Manipur. It boasts a golden twin-domed temple that draws a great number of devotees who take part in different religious events. Tourists are invited to visit the old Govindajee temple and participate in the daily celebrations. The temple was a part of the Swadesh Darshan Scheme, 2016-2017 initiative for the Development of Spiritual Circuit in Manipur, which included Shri ShriGovindajee Temple, Shri Bijoy Govindajee Temple, Shri Gopinath Temple, Shri Bungshibodon Temple, and the Kaina Temple.
SANTHEI NATURAL PARK
Andro Village is located in the north-eastern part of Manipur, around 21 kilometres from Imphal. It is Manipur’s cultural centre, where some of the state’s ethnic history, cultural practises, and age-old customs may be seen. The centuries-old ceremonial fire that continues to burn at the PanamNingthou temple under the supervision of temple authorities is a sign of firmly held religious beliefs.
Santhei Natural Park, located on the outskirts of the hamlet, is the result of the people’ desire to preserve nature and use it wisely. An artificial dam has been built, making it enchantingly attractive and acting as a water body and public utility supply. The location is now one of the most prominent tourist spots in Manipur. The ‘Infrastructure Development of Santhei Natural Park Andro, Imphal East District’ is financed by NEC in 2013-14. The project’s projected cost is Rs. 478.00 lakhs.
Imphal’s War Cemeteries honour the remembrance of British and Indian troops who died during World War II. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is in charge of these war cemeteries. The War Cemetery is serene and well-kept, with little stone monuments and metal plaques commemorating the valiant warriors’ sacrifices.
MUTUA BAHADUR MUSEUM, ANDRO
This Museum is part of a Cultural Complex in Andro hamlet, some 21 kilometres from the city. It holds treasures from all around the North East, including ceramics, rare coins, rare texts from the state, paintings, basketry, bell metals, jewelries, wood carving, and so on. There are accurate copies of the dwellings of the state’s several tribes and ethnic groups, including the Poumai, Kabui, Meitei, Kuki, and Tangkhul.
SANAMAHI KIYONG TEMPLE
The SanamahiKiyong Temple in Nongmaijing Hills, Imphal East, is the residence of LainingthouSanamahi, the Meitei’s old god. It is a Sanamahism-following centre in the state of Manipur. The temple draws religious travellers from other meiteis living in neighbouring north eastern states, as well as Kabui and Zeliangrong populations living in Manipur, Myanmar, Assam, Tripura, and Bangladesh.
HANUMAN THAKUR TEMPLE
The temple is located in Imphal, on the banks of the Imphal River, among the Mahabali forest groves. It was constructed in 1725 AD by King Garib Niwaj. The temple was constructed of bricks and afterwards covered with a cement covering. The Mandapa has been built in front of the temple, casting a shadow over the main temple’s construction. The temple is built in the form of a Bengali cottage. The shrine is reminiscent of the Ramanandi cult’s growth in Manipur. It is the only temple that was constructed under the reign of Garib Niwaj. The Ramnandi cult also vanished from Manipur after his death. As a result, the temple is significant and monumental in Manipur’s religious history.
Best Time to Visit in Imphal East
The best time to visit Imphal is between October and April.
How to Reach Imphal
Imphal East District has excellent road connectivity. Because the district lacks a rail network, communication is solely reliant on roadways. N.H. 39, N.H. 53, and N.H. 150 all go through the district. The district’s total road length is 2020.6 kilometres. National Highway is 32.97 kilometres long, state highway is 60.25 kilometres long, municipality road is 134.33 kilometres long, and inter village road is 1793.05 kilometres long.
By Air to Imphal
Imphal Tulihal Airport is about 8 kilometres from the city centre and is well connected directly with major Indian cities such as Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati, and key towns in the North Eastern States with domestic air services such as Air India, Indigo, and Air Asia on a regular basis. Imphal is connected to the rest of India through Kolkata/Guwahati.
By Bus to Imphal
- From Guwahati daily on the NH 27, NH 29 and NH 2 via Dimapur and Kohima many private buses available.
- From Dimapur daily on the NH 2 via Kohima Manipur many private buses available.
- From Silchar daily on the NH 37 via Jiribam many private buses available.
By Train to Imphal
Imphal does not have a direct train service. Travelers can, however, go to Guwahati or Dimapur (the closest train station to Imphal) and then relax by bus or plane.