Imphal is a captivating city surrounded by hills and valleys. It always has something to see and do making it a perfect destination to visit in Manipur. The local attractions will take your breath away. The historic landmarks perfectly blend with nature making them perfect photogenic spots. The historically rich heritage seen at Kangla Fort, Khonghampat Orchidarium, and quaint street markets are just a few pitstops. As a matter of fact, in this post, I will be guiding you to the many wondrous places in Imphal so that you will have your to-do-list ready even before you book tickets. So, here are a few heart-moving sites you can visit in Imphal, Manipur.
(1) Ema Keithel: Shop at the women-only market in the whole of India
This specific market has made quite a few headlines in the past mostly because of its women-centric concept. Here, no men are allowed to open a shop; however, they can shop here. Ema Keithel has another name locally known as Khwairamband Bazar. Here, you can shop for local handwoven items, fancy jewellery, modern clothing, traditional shawls, decorative flowers, and baskets made from bamboo strands.
Visiting Time: All day between 4:15 am to 6:00 pm
Ema Keithel- a women-centric market
(2) Manipur State Museum: Learn about the rich heritage of Manipur
The museums make a great place to start if you are new to a place you know very little about. Here at the Manipur State Museum, you can delve into the culture, lifestyle, and history of Manipur. This sole attraction offers you guided tours, raising awareness of the state’s culture and tradition. The museum also provides programs related to nature conservation. The main feature of the museum is the 54 feet long boat called Hiyag Hiren.
Visiting Time - Tuesday to Sunday between 10 am to 4:30 pm
Entry Fees - INR 10 for adults and INR 5 for children. INR 50 for foreign tourists
Poubi Lai made of wood is an ancient Manipuri mythical creature in the form of a dragon, once believed to have existed in the Loktak Lake
(3) Khonghampat Orchidarium: Rendezvous with a variety of scented orchids
Khonghampat Orchidarium is an exquisite place surrounded by a beautiful flower garden. This park is looked after by the state forest department, and it holds bundles of orchids and a variety of flowers. Khonghampat Orchidarium houses more than a hundred variety of orchids across 200 acres of land. Some of the most beautiful orchids you can see in full bloom are Vanda, Dendrobium, Cymbidium, and Cattleya. This romantic destination in Imphal receives tons of visitors year-round but make sure to plan your visit during the spring season.
Visiting Time - Monday to Sunday between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm
Entry Fees - Free
Khonghampat Orchidarium: Rendezvous with a variety of scented orchids
(4) Chorus Repertory Theatre: Watch a remarkable theatre performance
Manipur certainly captivates visitors and Imphal has beautiful ways to display their art and tradition. One of the best places to enjoy art and literature is in the Chorus Repertory Theatre. This 200-seater theatre was ingrained by Ratan Thiyam, a prominent Indian playwright and theatre director. Since the 1984 Chakravyuha performance, Chorus Repertory Theatre gained international recognition. Today, however, the theatre performs plays representing the traditional and contemporary lifestyle of Manipur.