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 the state with glorious history and rich culture. Manipur tourism beckons tourists with its breathtaking beauty, serene lakes, soaring hills, refreshing waterfalls, and exotic orchids and amazing heritage. Tourism in Manipur is growing day by day. The Manipur Tourism Department is taking major initiatives to develop Manipur, 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. Manipur tourism India has tourist information centers with in several states that provide information about Manipur travel and offer a wide range of services that include an accommodation booking service, information on places to visit, places to eat and events. Amongst an amazing range of information on Manipur tourism on offer at the Manipur tourism centers, a wide range of local maps, Manipur tourism guides and books are available for sale.
Loktak Lake, Sendra Island, Shree Govindajee Temple, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Moirang, Langthabal, Kaina, and Khwairamband Bazar are the prominent tourist attractions in Manipur.
The ideal time to visit Manipur is during the months of October to May when the weather is pleasant and sunny.
Travel to 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.
Travel to Manipur 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.
Travel to Manipur 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.
The best way to travel with in the state is by local buses, unmetered taxi and private vehicles. Auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws are also available in Imphal.