Blessed with vibrant culture, rich biodiversity and sublime climate, tourism has been a priority sector in Manipur. With road, air and proposed rail connectivity with all major Indian metros and its immediate neighbor Myanmar and other South East Asian countries, Manipur surely could be your next holiday destination, if you love to explore the unexplored and experience a kaleidoscope of cultural expression.
In fact Manipur is set to leverage the state’s strategic advantage of being the land bridge head to southeast Asia vis-à-vis the thrust given to India’s Act East policy to integrate Indian market with the blooming market of the ASEAN countries.
The Manipur Sangai Festival which happens for 10 days from 21st November to 30th November is a major annual tourism promotional festival of the government of Manipur to sell the state as a holiday destination.
2017 marked the 6th edition of the festival and the new government of the state succeeded in up-scaling the event to a new brand by including an array of well-intended events like the international Northeast Development Summit, inaugurated by none other than the President of India with all the Northeastern state representatives, the dazzling display of sight & sound at the scenic Loktak Lake, eco-adventure activities and exhibition matches at the Khuman Lampak Sport Complex, water-sport activities in Tamu, a part of the largest fresh water lake, Loktak. Trade shows at the sprawling Trade & Exhibition Centre at Lamboi Khongnangkhong, cultural performances at the Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre, Food and exhibition stalls at Hapta Kangjeibung, a river festival at the local wine brewing village of Sekmai, an Art Camp for the fine artist, the village fair or the Sangai Khunung Festival and of course the International Polo tournament at the world’s oldest polo ground in the heart of Imphal added to the glitz.
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