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Imphal Tourism And Travel Guide
18.6° C / 65.5° F
October to March
2 to 4 Days
Imphal Tulihal International Airport (8 kms)
Dimapur Railway Station (215 kms)
One of the most interesting cities in the whole of northeast India, Imphal is the capital of Manipur and serves as a perfectly refreshing retreat for anyone looking to take a break from their usual hustle. Filled with historical monuments, colourful festivals and immense cultural diversity, Imphal tourism is a fascinating cacophony of wonders that are bound to leave you spellbound; making this a major centre for tourism in Manipur. Whether it is enjoying the tranquillity of nature or spending your days bouncing from one hotspot in the city to another, there is a little bit of everything for everyone in Imphal, and then some more. Check out our travel guide on holidaying in Imphal and how to make the most out of your trip.
How to Reach
The Imphal Tulihal Airport is located about 8 km away from the city centre and connects Imphal to various cities across the country, with most flights operating to and from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. Both public and private transportation are available from the airport to carry travellers to their destination.
Since there are no railway lines in Manipur, travellers journeying via train can come in through Dimapur Railway Station, located about 200 km away from Imphal. Guwahati Railway Station has better connectivity to other cities than Dimapur though, but is located much farther away at a distance of about 500 km. The rest of the distance to Imphal is covered via road.
There are a number of public buses run by the Manipur State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) that connect Imphal to neighbouring interstate cities. Those travelling through private buses can choose between regular to deluxe options. Private buses are available daily from Guwahati on NH 2, NH 27 and NH 29; from Dimapur on NH 2; and from Silchar on NH 37. Travellers also have the option to hire private taxis to Imphal from cities and towns nearby; however, this can be a costly choice for most.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Winter (October - March):
One of the most ideal times to visit Imphal, winters witness heavy tourist footfalls during these chilly yet pleasant months of the year. The temperature ranges from 25⁰C to 4⁰C during the coldest month of January. With predominantly clear skies, it is a wonderful time to go on sightseeing tours and explore all of Imphal’s popular outdoor attractions.
Summer (April - May):
The weather during summers remains moderately warm with temperatures ranging from 16⁰C to a maximum of 35⁰C during the hottest time of the year. The climate rarely gets too unbearably hot, which makes it a great time to visit Imphal, especially during the early part of the season.
Monsoon (June – September):
The monsoon season does not receive very heavy precipitation in Imphal, but the climate is characterised by strong winds interspersed with intermittent rainfall and moderately warm temperatures. Tourists usually avoid this season for trips due to the unpredictability of the weather.
Things to Do
Explore Kangla Fort:
The Palace of Kangla, also known as the Kangla Fort, used to be the royal seat of the Manipuri kingdom. A half-day tour of the monument includes visits to the archaeological remains of the palatial complex, religious sites inside the fort, and the burial ground of the royal family members. A beautiful artificial lake known as Nungjeng Pukhri is one of the highlights of the fort, with several temples here that are as much of an architectural marvel as they are a magnificent beauty.
Hiking in Imphal Valley:
Located just a couple of hours outside Imphal, tourists love to visit the valley for hiking expeditions and enjoying the splendid views of nature that surrounds them. The mesmerizing views around the valley will surely rejuvenate your mind, body and soul, and keep you coming back for more.
Visit the Manipur State Museum:
The Manipur State Museum was established in 1969 and contains a variety of artefacts associated with Manipuri archaeology, natural history, ethnology and art. The 78 feet long boat called Hiyag Hiren is one of the chief attractions of the museum, with ancient smoking pipes, tribal costumes and ornaments, musical instruments, 20th-century Manipuri art and a gold-plated human mask that deserve an honourable mention present here as well.
Where to Shop
Ima Keithel Market, which is run exclusively by thousands of women, is a must-visit for shopping for handwoven Manipuri fabrics and a variety of other gorgeous local handicrafts. A number of other local markets and shopping complexes sell a wide range of authentic Manipuri goods; some of the best items worth taking back with you include the Manipuri phanek, locally made blackware and pottery, and traditional Manipuri jewellery and ornaments.
Where to Eat
Luxmi Restaurant should be on the top of your list if you want to indulge in an authentic Manipuri thali, where you can enjoy multiple local dishes in a single meal. Hot Pot is a fun family restaurant that serves authentic regional and traditional dishes. At Forage, diners get to enjoy cuisine inspired by both Mediterranean and north-eastern foods. Spots that are popular with the locals include A-to-Z Fast Food and Adventure Café, with quick service and delicious snacks to grab on the go.