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Things To Do in IMPHAL CITY, Manipur

If you really want to experience the crowded lifestyle of Manipur then IMPHAL CITY is the starting region. Here listed some of the fun activities you can enjoy in the commercial city. Scroll your mouse and check-out one-by-one:

PAONA BAZAAR

Paona Bazaar is one of the oldest bazaars in the state of Manipur. The bazaar is located in Imphal city. It was named after the Paona Brajabashi, great patriot during the British colonial time in 1891 in Manipur. For a couple of hours you can enjoy shopping in the bazaar. Here available varieties of products like imported products from Mayanmar and other local items.

KAKHULONG KABUI VILLAGE

The state is famous all over the world for its mosaic fashion of art and culture. The Kakhulong Kabui Village is mainly populated by Kabui community. Kabuis are the indigenous people of the state. They take pride of their unique culture and tradition. You can spend some unforgettable moments by travelling across the narrow streets of the village. Interact with local people and experience their lifestyle.

MASJID ROAD

Masjid Road, Imphal is one of the crowded streets in Imphal City. Sides of the street are dotted with multiple shops. Shops in the lanes are selling leather goods, consumer goods and so on. Ride the cycle across the narrow lanes and experience the crowded bazaar.

SHAMU MAKHONG

Shamu Makhong in the heart of Imphal City is a historical landmark. You can discover the history of the location when you stopped your ride here. Here is a unique statue, which signifies the cultural ethos of a fascinating past incident occurred in the olden times of Manipur. The statue is facing towards the Kangla.

POLO GROUND

The world knows that MODERN POLO originated from Manipur. So, here is your fifth stop-over. Polo Ground is the official ground for playing polo. From time-to-time organizes various state, national and international level polo game competitions here. Lush green ground will surely attract your attention.

SHAHEED MINAR

Shaheed Minar is located in the lush green Bir Tikendrajit Park in the heart of Imphal city. It is the tallest historical monument dedicated to the high spirited martyrs of Manipur who fought the British during the Anglo-Manipuri War occurred in the year 1891.

IMA KEITHEL

Ima Keithel is also known as Khwairamband Bazaar. Ima Keithel us the main market of the state. The market holds a unique tag of being the world’s only market owned and operated exclusively by WOMEN. There are more than 3,000 shops selling products including handloom, handicrafts, fresh produce, clothes, fish and flowers. In the market available varieties of traditional colorful attires. The market is one of the hotspot tourist places in the whole state.

THANGAL BAZAAR

Thangal Bazaar located very close to the Ima Keithel is a perfect place in the heart of Imphal city for a great time with your near and dear ones. Here located various banks like S.B.I, AXIS Bank, ICICI Bank and YES Bank. There are also many budget hotels. The destination is one of the best spots to hangout for a couple of hours.

Enjoy time with lots of fun and entertainment. Safe stay and travel in Imphal!!!

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Manipur – Sanagi Marum Kokpi Uchek (A Jeweled Land)

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People travel from one place to another to experience something. Yes! Make sure to visit Manipur which is one of the most famous north-eastern states of India in your next vacation. There are thousands of things you can see and do with the lovely destination. Capital City Imphal attracts the attention of travellers by its multiple buildings and markets. Eye-catching destinations you can visit are listed below:

  • EMA KEITHEL – Biggest market in Imphal. It is the one and only Female market in the whole world.
  • THE KANGLA – Palace, where the kingdom of Manipur was established.
  • MAPAL KANGJEIBUNG – Official venue for world famous POLO GAME (in Manipuri language known as – Sagol Kangjei).
  • LOKTAK LAKE – Fresh Water Lake situated in Moirang. The lake is unique in the whole world in-terms of scenic beauty, ecosystem and habitat.
  • KEIBUL LAMJAO NATIONAL PARK – It is protected national park, which is home to state animal SANGAI (Brown Antlered Deer).
  • SANTHEI NATURAL PARK – The natural park is located in Andro and it is the perfect destination where you soul can connect with the beauty of Mother Nature.

Anyway, the space is not enough to mention all the stunning places of the state. Make sure to fly to Imphal and explore the captivating venues mentioned above.

Thanks for reading!!!

 

PHANEK and INNAPHI of MANIPUR

Manipur – a hidden state in the northeastern part of India is richly artistic with natural splendor and ornamented with mosaic fashion of art and culture. The valley Imphal which is the capital of the state is mainly populated by people who follows Hindu Religion and Sanamahi. The hill areas are populated by different types of tribes such as Kukis and Nagas. The common language of all these different societies is Meiteilon. Citizens of Manipur are well-known as Meiteis.

In comparison with other regions of the country, the tradition and culture of here is very unique. The rich culture and heritage can be seen in their ethnic wear. Typical Manipuri Women wear Phanek and Enaphi.

What is PHANEK?

A beautiful girl wearing Innaphi and Mayek Naibi

A beautiful girl wearing Innaphi and Mayek Naibi

PHANEK is the ethnic wear commonly wear by the female of Manipur. It is just like a SARONG wear in other regions of the world. But, Manipur Phanek is very different from other because of its unique style, design and color. Made up of cotton, silk and other synthetic materials. MAYEK NAIBI is the special Phanek which worn when they go out for office work or in a marriage ceremony. It is to be worn like a wraparound. The bottom of the Mayek Naibi adorned with heavy  embroidery work in different designs.

What is ENAPHI?

A beautiful girl wearing Innaphi

A beautiful girl wearing Innaphi

ENAPHIS are very colorful and attractive. Females wear these to cover their upper body. These are transparent and rectangular shape. Innaphis are available in different colors and designs. It is the perfect one to pair  with Mapan Naibi. Innapi is worn with a pair of beautiful blouse.

Different Dance Forms of Kerala

KathakaliKerala which is also known as God’s Own Country, is a state located in the southern part of India, which is one of the most visited tourist destination by globetrotters. The state is famous for its backwater lagoons, its rich herbal medicinal heritage, adventure tourism, dance forms, festivals and other beautiful sightseeing destinations.

The rich traditional art and culture of God’s Own Country “Kerala” signifies in its several dance forms and martial arts. Different types of Kerala dance forms are famous throughout the world, among them ‘Kathakali’ is the popular one. Dances are classified into three categories they are:

  • Kerala Classical Dances
  • Kerala Traditional Dances
  • Kerala Folk Dances

 Kerala Classical Dances-

Kathakali, Krishnanattom, Mohiniyattam, Thulllal and Koodiyattam are the different types of Kerala Classical Dance. Stylish Kathakali is the most famous classical dance of the state. The five important elements of this dance are Natyam (Facial Expressions), Nirtham (Soft Movements of Body, Hands and Legs), Nrithyam (The unique gestures of Hands), Geetha (Song) and Vadyam (Instrument). The gorgeous make-up of the characters, splendid colorful costumes and soft flexible body movements to the tune of background music and beat of drum captivates the attention of the viewers.

Kerala Traditional Dances-

In ancient days, dancing is performed in Temples as an important of festivals and occasions. Traditional dances of Kerala are rhythmic movements of the body to the tune of music and Tala. Most of the Kerala festivals are celebrated with dance in temples.

Kerala Folk Dances-

Kerala Folk Dances are categorized according to the locality and community. There are around 50 types of Kerala folk dance. Few names of popular are: Theyyam, Kaikottikali, Kolkali, Oppana, Thumbithullal, Velakali, Parichamuttukali and Margamkali. Costumes are also different with the type of folk dance.

The development of dancing is closely related with the growth and development of society. In India, Kerala has one of the most celebrated and famous ethnicity in the field of dance and martial art. There are many cultural centers and schools where tourist can enjoy such attractive dances. Special dance performances are also arranged for the tourists by many organizations and associations.

Packages offered by travel companies for Kerala tour price are cost effective and one can choose their favorite itinerary. Visit Kerala this vacation and explore its different type of dance forms assuring that their flexible body movements and facial expression will lure your attentions. Enjoy your holiday with great fun and entertainment in the lap of Mother Nature.