Revisit Unseen Manipur with Culstreet

Travel is the only thing that makes you richer, makes you more patient, it is a gentle way of meeting yourself in a whole new way, as you do not know what the nature will bring out of you. We, at Culstreet are determined to help find your lost self and reunite with nature. Take your seat as we take you to the deep forests, fountains the mountains covered in mists. We are in Manipur.

 Acting as a slice of paradise among the other Seven Sister States, mystic Manipur is located in the hilly outcrops of the Himalayan ranges in the north-east of India bordering with Myanmar in the south. The name in itself means ‘A jewelled land’, and Jawaharlal Nehru precisely described the state as the 'Jewel of India’. Manipur has reserved a special position with its distinct cultural identity and taste in nature. With a motherly nurturing quality, it has attempted to preserve its values and originality against the lifeless of modern-day inventions. As you go on exploring the ‘Switzerland of India’, you are likely to be enthralled by the exotic landscapes surrounded by captivating emerald green valleys.

The districts of Manipur have been divided into 3 main categories: Inner Manipur Division, North Manipur Division and South Manipur Division.

Imphal

It is the capital of the state. Imphal itself houses many of the tourist attraction places. Apart from known visiting places, the capital has much more to offer. These are briefly discussed below:

Kangla Fort: Glorifying Manipur’s history Kangla Fort proudly stands up by the banks of Imphal river. It is surrounded by moats excavated by the early kings of Manipur. Mythology traces its existence back to 33 CE when Nongda Lairen Pakhangba ascended the throne. The British took it from the local people post Anglo-Manipur War.

 

Imphal Valley: Magnanimous oval shaped canyon formed as a result of drainage of small rivers that originating from neighbouring hills. The water in the valley is fetched from several rivers, such as River Imphal, Thoubal, Khuga, Iril and Sekmai. The breathtaking view will bring a sense of tranquility.

Three Mothers Art Gallery cum Museum: It is a driftwood art gallery where each art piece is just not unique but also tremendously thought provoking. The themes are derived from nature related to the mythology of Manipur and reflections on its turbulent history.

Samban-Lei Sekpil: Created by Moirangthem Okendra Kumbi, Sambal-Lei Sekpil is the world's tallest topiary that has secured its entry in the Guniness Book of Records. It is now only 40 feet tall. In December 2009 the then Chief Minister of Manipur, Ibobi Singh, extended financial assistance of INR 5 lakh for its maintainance.

Cheirao Ching: Are you familiar with Sajibu Cheiraoba? It is the Manipuri New Year celebrated on March 28 this year. As a part of the ritual the Manipuri people take part in hill climbing. Cheirao Ching is specially dedicated to the devotees and participants for hillock climbing.

Apart from above mentioned places you can always visit other popular tourist destinations, such as Shree Govindajee Temple, ISKON Temple, Mahabali Temple.

Ukhrul

This is where production of legendary Longi Hamlei or Black Stone Pottery takes place. Longpi is commonly attributed to refer to two villages in Ukhrul District, Longpi Kajui and Longpi Khullen.

Bishnupur

Don’t confuse this district with Bankura. Manipur has a Bishnupur too! The name has derived from a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, thus specifying its nomenclature.

Keibul Lamjao National Park: This national park houses many rare and endangered species and it is the only the only floating park in the world. If you are lucky to visit Keibul Lamjao National Park you can view sangai, also known as the dancing deer listed as an endangered species by IUCN.

Senapati district

Senapati district is rich in natural heritage sites and also famous for its place in Hindu mythology and extensive tribal festivals.

Kaubru Mountain: Kaubru is the highest peak in Manipur. People climb the mountain only in the summer. According to legends the Pandavas visited here.

Tribal Celebrations:District is settled by different communities so there are different varieties of festival are celebrated. Some of the important festivals are:

  • Chaga Ngee- Celebrated by liangmai tribe, symbolising sanctification or purification.
  • Thounii- The New Year cultural festival of Poumai Nagas.
  • Laonii- The sacred festival of Poumai Nagas is celebrated on completion of paddy transplantation
  • Chiithuni- Chiithuni or feast of dawn is an annual festival of Mao Nagas.
  • Saleni- customary festival of Mao Nagas on completion of paddy transplantation.
  • Ponghi- Maram Nagas celebrate Ponghi marking the completion of paddy transplantation
  • Kanghi- Maram Nagas engage themselves in wresling to ward off evil spirits.

 

An Interesting Fact:

Anal Naga tribe is speaks in Sino-Tibetan tongue which is written in the Latin script.

 

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