Imphal International Airport is an international airport in the northeastern region of India. It is located 8 kilometers south of the city of Imphal, the capital of Manipur. Imphal International Airport operates between northeastern India and the major cities in India, including Bengaluru, Kolkata, Delhi, and Mandalay.
Imphal is a city in northeastern India. It is the capital of the state of Manipur, also referred to as Kangleipak and Meeteileipak.
What to see & do
Manipur Zoological Garden - Manipur Zoological Garden contains 55 species of animals and birds, including several rare species that are endemic to the region. The garden covers an area of 8 hectares and is located 7 kilometers away from the center. It has an additional 2.13 hectares at Langol Reserve Forest, which is used to for the captive breeding of one of the world’s most endangered animals, the Sangai. This brow-antlered deer is found only in Manipur.
Local bazaars - Imphal has small shops on the sides of the streets, normally managed by tribal women that offer Manipuri handicrafts and souvenirs. These shops sell traditional hand-woven skirts, shawls, dresses, and fabrics, as well as colorful Manipuri dolls and hand-carved jewelry.
Khonghampat Orchidarium - The orchid yard located on National Highway No. 39 contains some 110 varieties of beautiful orchids. An unusual aspect of some of the orchids in Khonghampat Orchidarium is that they bear some resemblance to various creatures such as lizards, moths, and bees. Khonghampat Orchidarium also houses endangered types of orchids and the second largest orchid genus, Denrobium.
Shri Govindajee Temple - The Shri Govindajee Temple is a historic center for Vaishnavites. During the time of the former rulers of Manipur, this temple was considered to be the highest place for cultural activities. It is a simple, twin-domed structure with a raised congregation hall.
Manipur State Museum - The Manipur State Museum houses a collection of various Manipuri objects, including historical documents, relics, costumes, and war implements. There are also sculptures of the local forest gods, and a motif of the man called Phakangba who could turn himself into a dragon and is considered to be an ancestor of all Vaishnavites.
Lai Haraoba - Lai Haraoba, which can be translated to the Merry making of the Gods or simply the Festival of the Gods, is a week-long Manipuri festival celebrated in April or May. It is celebrated in honor of the sylvan deities, and represents worship of the traditional gods and ancestors.
Hiyangthang Lairembi Temple - This temple dedicated to the goddess Hiyangthang Lairembi is located in Hiyangthang, several kilometers away from Imphal's center. The temple provides a panoramic view of Imphal and its surrounding areas.
How to get around
Imphal is an ancient town, hence the lack of more modern public transportation. Hire an auto-rickshaw or a cycle-rickshaw in order to easily get around. There are also jeeps and bus service that operate in the city.
How to get there
Imphal International Airport is served by Air India, IndiGo, Jet Airways, Air India Regional, JetKonnect, and North East Shuttle. These airlines offer flights from major cities and regional airports such as Silchar, Mandalay, Guwahati, Bangalore, Delhi, and Kolkata to Imphal International Airport.
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