From Lakes To Temples: 5 Must-Visit Places In Manipur

Manipur, the northeastern state of India, is a beautiful place that every travel lover must visit. The state is rich in culture, history, and natural beauty. Here are some places that you must visit in Manipur. 

Alice Mary Topno
must visit places in manipur

Manipur is a picturesque state known for its rich cultural heritage, diverse landscapes, and vibrant traditions. The state is rich in culture, history, and natural beauty, and there is something for everyone. Whether you are a nature lover or an adventure enthusiast, Manipur has something to offer you. Here are some top places to visit in Manipur: 

1. Dzukou Valley

Dzukou Valley

Dzukou Valley is one of the most popular places that you must visit in Manipur. This beautiful valley is located on the borders of Nagaland and Manipur. A great option for trekking destinations, Dzukou Valley is very different from your typical hikes in the rocky mountains of the Himalayas. According to TripAdvisor, Dzukou Valley's beauty is found in its pure, untouched surroundings because it is a plastic-free zone. As a result of the vibrant and colourful flowers that cover the valley's landscapes during the monsoon season, it is often referred to as the 'Valley of Flowers of the Northeast'. 

2. Manipur State Museum 

This museum is located in Imphal, the capital of Manipur, and houses a collection of artifacts related to the history and culture of Manipur. The museum is open from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm and is closed on Mondays. The Manipur Tourism website, states that “this museum displays Manipur’s tribal heritage and a collection of portraits of Manipur’s former rulers. Particularly interesting items are costumes, arms & ammunition, relics, and historical documents.”

3. Loktak Lake 

Loktak Lake

Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India. It is also the only floating lake in the world. The lake is surrounded by lush green hills, forests, and villages. The most famous attraction of the lake is the phumdis, which are floating biomasses of vegetation, trees, and soil. The lake is also home to several endangered species of flora and fauna. Dotted with floating phumdis (small islands made of vegetation), the lake is home to the endangered Sangai deer and Keibul Lamjao National Park, the world's only floating national park.

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4. Shree Shree Govindajee Temple

Shree Shree Govindajee Temple

The Shree Shree Govindajee Temple stands as a hub for Vaishnavites in Manipur. Renowned for its golden twin-domed structure, the temple draws a considerable number of devotees who engage in various devotional activities within its sacred premises. As per the Manipur Tourism website, it states that, "The shrines of Lord Krishna and Balaram and Jagannath flank the two sides of the presiding deity."

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5. Manipur Zoological Garden

Another place to visit in this state is the Manipur Zoological Garden, a zoo in Iroisemba. It is also known as the Jewel Box of Manipur (Manipur: Switzerland Of India, Know About Some Special Things). As per Manipur Tourism, visitors can witness the brow-antlered deer (Sangai), one of the rarest and most endangered species in the world, in sylvan surroundings in addition to other endangered species. As per the Incredible North East India website, the Manipur Zoological Garden boasts a diverse collection of wildlife, hosting a total of 55 different species of birds and animals. The zoo is home to over 420 animals, including 14 endangered species, making it a safe place for conservation efforts and biodiversity awareness.


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