Flashback January 1995 Manipur A Feast for Tourists

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Flashback January 1995 Manipur A Feast for Tourists

Manipur lies in the lap of the outlying region of Northeastern India with Myanmar in the East. Imphal, a fertile valley encircled by ranges of high hills, is the capital town of Manipur. The valley is populated by Meiiteis and the hills are populated by as many as 29 colourful tribes. Women folk in Manipur play a pivotal role in the socio – economic life of the state.

A ‘Little Paradise on Earth’, Manipur has been described as the ‘Switzerland of India’ by Lord Irwin. Manipur, the jeweled land, is the birthplace of polo and the rarest species of land lily called Shiroy Lily which grows on the Shiroy hills in Ukhrul District and is not found anywhere else in the world. Manipur is also the land of festivals – hardly a month goes by without a festival. Manipur is also the birthplace of Ras Leela dance where the gods took to dancing.

In order to facilitate the movement of tourists into the state, the Manipur Tourism Directorate has been providing various infrastructural facilities to the incoming tourists. Hotel Imphal, with modern amenities, is running at full swing to the full satisfaction of tourists and other visitors. The tourist homes at Phubala, Moirang, Sendra, Churachandpur, Kaina and Khongjom are running smoothly. The construction works of tourist homes at Jiribam, Tamenglong, Nungba, Shiroy are nearing completion. To enhance the tourist infrastructural facilities in Manipur, a number of wayside amenities have been constructed at Litan, Kangpokpi, Santing, etc and the same will be completed soon. A cafeteria has also been constructed at Mao which is the border town between Manipur and Nagaland. After commissioning of these tourist homes and wayside amenities, the long felt need of accommodation for tourists will be solved to some extent. A conducted tour programme for sight seeing is in operation covering Shri Govindajee Temple, Bishnupur, Phubala, I.N.A Memorial at Moirang, Keibul Lamjao National Park and Sendra Tourist Home (Loktak Lake).