Manipur, popularly referred to as the 'Switzerland of India', is nestled in the slopes of the south flowing Sub-Himalayan ranges in the north east of India. This beautiful land is bounded by Nagaland in the north, Mizoram in the south and Cachar district of Assam in the west, and shares an international border with Upper Burma in the east. Manipur, literally meaning 'the jeweled land or the land of jewels' boasts of an picturesque landscapes with misty hills, shimmering lakes, verdant valleys, gurgling rivers, and luxuriant forests. Manipur is also renowned for its rich culture and tradition, which is depicted in its art forms, handloom clothes and exquisite handicrafts.
Manipur is a state with a glorious history and rich culture. Manipur tourism beckons tourists with its breathtaking beauty, serene lakes, soaring hills, refreshing waterfalls, exotic orchids and amazing heritage. Tourism in Manipur is growing day by day.
The Manipur Tourism Department is taking major initiatives to develop Manipur, as a prime tourist destination of Northeast India. Besides improving tourism infrastructure, and tourist facilities, Manipur tourism is also planning to promote new tourist circuits like Loktak Tourist/Wildlife Circuit and Ethnic/ Adventure Circuit. These travel circuits envisage a major water-sports and recreation facility at the unique Loktak Lake, and offer a mix of ethnic tourism and adventure sports in the hilly districts of Ukhrul, Senapati and Tamenglong inhabited by various Naga tribes.
The ideal time to visit Manipur is during the months of October to May when the weather is pleasant and sunny.
Loktak Lake, Sendra Island, Shree Govindajee Temple, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Moirang, Langthabal, Kaina, and Khwairamband Bazar are the prominent tourist attractions in Manipur.
By Air : Imphal, the capital of Manipur has an airport, which is served various domestic airlines. Indian Airlines, Jetlite and Kingfisher Airlines operate regular flights to and from Imphal.
By Rail : Manipur has no railway network. The nearest railway stations to Manipur are at Guwahati, Silchar and Dimapur that are serviced by important trains to and from the rest of the country.
By Road : Manipur is well connected with all-important cities of the country by an extensive network of National and State Highways. Manipur State Transport Corporation operates regular scheduled buses from Imphal to the other cities in the region.