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The most impressive thing about Imphal is its untouched regality and charm. Filled with landscapes, picturesque views, panoramic delights, Imphal is a gem of a tourist attraction to explore. And not to forget, the gently cascading and glistening rivers enveloping Imphal with a certain magical charm.

Digressing towards history a little, it is due to the impact of World War II, that this place has the presence of many historical tourist destinations like INA Memorial, Manipur State Museum, Kangla Fort, War Cemeteries, Loktal Lake. 

The best months to visit Imphal would be from September to April. The climate of this place during this time is actually very pleasant for the tourists to visit with their family and friends.

History of Imphal

Turning the pages of time, we see that the major chunks of history of Imphal belong to 1st century AD. Many experts say that Manipur was originally a part of Burma and it was only in 1826 that it became a part of the Indian subcontinent. 

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These regions were ruled by King Khaba and Pakhangba initially, however, these were soon taken care of by the Ningthouja tribe which worked brilliantly when it came to politics and warfare. Soon, they started conquering other regions of Manipur. 

Then after this, in 1892, the most infamous Anglo-Manipur War started. This was so because the locals wouldn’t accept the autocratic rule, and it soon led to the demolition of the Kangla Palace. Anyhow, the rule of the Britishers prevailed in the long run and continued until the independence of India. After Indian independence, Manipur became a state in 1972 and Imphal was officially declared its capital city.

Major Attractions in and Around Imphal

Shaheed Minar. It is around 11m tall and is specifically situated in the very core of the Bir Trikendrajit Park. This place acts as a memorial for the martyrs who died fighting the British. If you want to breathe history, then, you shouldn’t miss travelling to Shaheed Minar. 

INA Memorial. This place was once treated as an unofficial headquarters of the Indian National Army. It was built to honour the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country. If you visit Imphal then this place should be absolutely on your travel list.

The Keibul Lamjao National Park. Visiting this park, you would be coming across a very wide variety of fauna and flora. Nothing to boast about, but you may not have seen something as beautiful and delightful as this place. Thus, a trip to The Keibul Lamjao National Park becomes a must for any person planning a trip to Imphal.

Kangla Fort. This fort is also referred to as the Palace of Kangla. Situated on the banks of Imphal river, it once served as the royal abode of King Pakhangba. Then after 2003, the local authorities opened it for public viewing.

Tharon Cave. Stretched in 655m, the cave can be explored with the help of a map. Due to its intensity, Tharon cave attracts a lot of adventure enthusiasts from all across the globe. Some people also prefer to call it by the name of Thaeuluan Cave.

Food of Imphal

Apart from its natural beauty, Imphal is also known for its scrumptious cuisine. Many say that Manipuri food is healthy, simple yet delicious. Some of the most popular food items of Manipur are Chamthong or Kangshoi, Eromba, Morok Metpa, Singju, Paaknam, and Alu Kangmet.

How to Reach Imphal

Imphal is a very beautiful destination where you can hope to spend some really great time with your loved ones. It is located at an approximate distance of 2,388, 3,215, 1,489 and 3,459 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru. Here is how you can reach here by the following means of public transportation. 

By Air. The nearest airport from Imphal is around 8 km away i.e. Bir Tikendrajit International Airport. From there, you can easily take a cab to reach the part of the city where you would like to go.

By Train. Imphal is also very well connected via train routes. However, it does not have its own railway station. The nearest railway station from Imphal is situated in Dimapur which is around 215 kilometres away from the city.

By Road. Imphal has got a very decent network of roads. Thus, travelling via roads to Imphal must not be a problem as it is very well connected with other major cities. You can choose to travel here by cab, interstate private buses, or you can even consider travelling via your own vehicle.

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