Places to visit

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

Shree Shree Govindajee Temple
A historic Vaishnavite center, adjoining the Royal palace of Manipur's former Maharajas, the Govindajee temple is a simple yet beautiful structure. Twin domes, a pave courtyard, and a large raise congregation hall form a perfect backdrop for priest who decend the steps, to accept offerings from devotees in the courtyard. The shrines of Krishna and Balaram and Jagannath flank the two sides of the presiding deity.

Women's market or Ima keithel
A unique all women's market, having 3000 "Imas" or mothers who run the stalls, it is split two sections on either side of road. Vegetables, fruits, fish and household groceries are sold on one side and exquisite handlooms and household tools on the other. Not far away is a street where beautiful wicker works and basketry are sold.

War Cemeteries
Commemorating the memories of British and Indian soldiers who died during the Second World War, these cemeteries are managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Serene and well maintained, the graves carry little stone markers and bronze plaques recording the sacrifice of those gallant soldiers.

Manipur Zoological Gardens
6 kms to west of Imphal city, at the foot of the pine growing hillocks at Iroisemba on the Imphal-Kanchup Road are the Zoological Gardens. Not to be missed is an opportunity to see the graceful brow antlered deer (Sangai) one of the rarest species in the world, in sylvan surroundings

Manipur State Museum
This interesting museum near the polo ground has a fairly good display of Manipur's tribal heritage and a collection of portraits of Manipur's former rulers. Particularly interesting items are costumes, arms and weapons, relics and historical documents.

Open: 10 am to 4.30 pm, Monday and Holidays closed.

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Special Attraction

World's tallest topiary

3 Km. from Imphal city on the south-west direction at Sagolband Sayang Leikai one can see a shrub, Duranta (nilkamal) which generally never rise above 20 ft. flung on the sky.

The shrub earned a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records as Tallest Topiary of the World from November 1999.

M. Okendra Kumbi is proud owner of this record pocession.

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