This is the capital of Manipur which is bustling into a mini metropolis. It is well connected by road with Guwahati (Assam) through National Highway 39 and Silchar (Assam) through National Highway 53. There is also provision to go by air.
ocated at 7 kms away from Imphal on National Highway 39, is the Central Orchidarium, which covers 200 acres and houses over 120 rare varieties of orchids, which include almost a dozen endemic species. This place is all full of colours at most of the time, however one gets to see the best here during the peak blooming season that is between April to May.
Manipur Zoological Garden
6 km to the west of Imphal, at the foot of the pine growing hillocks at Iroisemba, on the Imphal-Kangchup Road are the zoological garden. The most important inhabitant of this park, is the graceful Brow Antlered Deer, one of the rarest species in the world.
27 kms from Imphal is Bishnupur, famous for the conical roofed shrine, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Built in 1467, during the reign of King Kiyamba, the temple is interesting for its antiquity and Chinese design.
45 kms away is Moirang, one of the principal centres of early Manipuri folk culture, with an ancient temple of the pre-Hindu deity Lord Thangjing. In May, men and women attired brilliantly sing and dance in honour of the Lord at the Moirang Lai Haraoba, a ritual dance festival held annually.
83 kms to the east of Imphal, this district headquarters of Manipur East, is the highest hill station of Manipur. A centre of the colourful warrior tribe Tangkhul Nagas, it is well developed, and renowned for a peculiar type of landlily - the Siroi, grown on the Siroi Hills. Siroi Hills and KhangKhui Lime Caves are interesting places for excursions.
It is a hillock, about 920 m above sea level, and a sacred place of the Hindus. The sylvan surroundings, and the aura of serenity that envelopes it, add to the solemnity of the site. Kaina is 29 kms from Imphal.
Keibul Lam Jao National Park
This tiny park, perched on the edges of the Loktak Lake, is home to the Sangai or Manipur brow-antlered deer (the endangered dancing deer). It has the unique distinction of being the only floating National Park in the world. Only 40 sq.km in area, the park was once a hunting reserve. It was declared a sanctuary in 1954 when a great number of the Sangai were getting seriously decimated. The deer, noted for their curving antlers, live on the floating vegetation on the Loktak Lake.