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Manipur

Located in the north-east part of India, Manipur is one of the states of seven sisters. It shares its state boundary with Nagaland to the north, Mizoram to the south and Assam to the west; however, it shares its international boundary with Myanmar to the east.

The major ethnic group is ‘Meiteis’ that consists of 60% of the total population; but these 60% people cover only 10% of the total land area of the state. Other major ethnic groups that constitute rest of the 40% are Kukis, Nagas, Hmars etc. They are settled in sporadic form in rest 90% of the area.

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During the end of 19th century, the region is occupied by British and remain with them till 1947; however, after the independence, the state established a monarchy system of government a sort of. But merely after a decade, i.e. in the year 1956, it became a Union Territory of India. And the year 1972, it finally became the state of India.

Geographically, the state can be divided into two distinct regions namely the rugged hills region and narrow valleys consisting of the peripheral part of the state and second one is the flat plain region lying in the inner part of the state. So, these two regions have also distinct flora and fauna. Manipur has also many rivers and most of them are of young age. Above all, the Loktak Lake is a significant feature of the central plain region.

Interestingly, the small state Manipur has pretty rich cultures and traditions. The theatre and society of Manipur are closely linked with many parts of the world. The Manipuri dance is very popular dance not only in India but also in abroad. In spite of being remotely located and having less accessible, the Manipuri people never think of to abandon their cultural spirit. Furthermore, the theatrical plays of the state are largely categorised as:

Religious Play: Important religious play are Gauralila (it depicts the story of the childhood days of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu), Sanjenba (plays the story of Lord Krishna and his Gopis and cows) etc;

Secular Play: Important secular plays are Phampak Lila and Shumang Lila. Besides, people also play on the story based upon the texts. Their popular dance is ‘Ras Lila’, it is such kind of dance that passes the massage and story of gods.

Manipur Tourism

It is one of the unique and wonderful places to tour; surprisingly, it is known as ‘land of jewels’. Starting from the picturesque landscapes to the traditional cultures and sculptures everything is mesmerizing. The popular Polo game is most probably originated in the state of Manipur.

Major Attractions of Manipur Tourism

Imphal: It is the capital city of the state with having various tourists’ attractions. Besides, it has also fascinating markets including Paona Bazar, Ningthibi Collections, Leima Plaza etc.

Keibul Lamjao National Park: Surprisingly, it is the home of various rare and endangered species such as Brow Antlered deer. In addition, it is the only floating National Park of the world.

Shree Govindajee Temple: Dedicated to Radha Govinda, Balaram and Krishna and many others, it is an historical temple in the state. The architecture and design of the temple is wonderful.

Loktak Lake: It is a fresh water lake and popular for pisciculture. The most significant attraction of the lake is the floating island, which is popularly known as Phumdi; it is made up of the tangle of watery weeds and many other plants.

Other Attractions of Manipur

Churachandpur: It is the second largest town of Manipur.
Moreh: It is the town located around the border of Myanmar.
Moirang: It is the town popular for the Meitei folk culture and an ancient temple of the pre-Hindu deity Lord Thangjing.
Khonghampat Orchidarium: With an area of 200 acres, it is home of more than 110 rare varieties of orchids.
Manipur Zoological Gardens
War cemeteries

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