thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Shree Shree Govindajee Temple
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
Women's market or Ima keithel
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
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
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
Manipur State Museum
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and weapons, relics and historical documents.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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