October 28, 2019

Explore Manipur with Elita

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This week, The Musafir Stories speaks to the Nomadic Thunker, Elita, as she takes us to a lesser explore gem of North East India, Manipur!

Today's destination: Manipur

Nearest Airport: Bir Tikendrajit International Airport (IMF)

Nearest Railway Station: Dimapur Railway Station

Prerequisites -  Government issued Photo ID will be required at checkposts. Please be sure to check the ground situation before planning your travel as there might be closures.

Packing - Pack some warm clothes if you're traveling during the winter months.

Time of the year - January

Length of the itinerary: 4 days

Itinerary Highlights:

- Elita covers Manipur as a part of her 49 day North east itinerary. Please be sure to check the ground situation before planning your travel.

- Elita starts off her journey from Imphal where she flies into. It can be quite economical to hail a shared taxi from the airport to the city.
- The first point of interest after settling down in Imphal is the Ima Keithel Women's Market, one of the biggest women-run market in the world! The market is a must see while in Imphal and is a great opportunity to pick up some local souvenirs.
- Having spent some time interacting with women traders and getting a first hand experience of their warmth and hospitality, Elita heads back to the rest for the day.
- The plan for Day 2 is to travel to the border town of Moreh, which borders Myanmar's Tamu. The town is the eastern most frontier of India, opening up to the South East Asian market.
- The journey involved taking a shared taxi to Moreh, and some interesting experiences passing through army checkposts. The market is a minor trading hub for nearby villages and a lot of traders sell their produce here. One can walk about to the sister town of Tamu in Myanmar with the necessary ID documents.
- Elita spends some time interacting with the local traders and buying some edibles. Once spending some time here, Elita heads back to Imphal in the same shared cab.
- The Day 3 itinerary is planned for a visit to the Loktak lake, the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India and is famous for the phumdis/vegetation floating over it. The lake is located at Moirang in Manipur state, India.
- The lake is also the location of the Keibul Lamjao National Park, famous for the Sangai deer or the brown antlered deer, found here in large numbers.
- After spending some time watching the natural marvel of the Loktak lake, Elita heads to the INA martyr memorial. The INA Martyr's Memorial complex is a war memorial at Moirang, India, dedicated to the soldiers of the Indian National Army and some haunting stories of the freedom struggle and World War 2.
- Day 4 was a reserve day which Elita uses to check out the war memorial in Imphal. Travleres can also check out the Kangla fort/palace, Thalon Caves, Govindajee temple, RKCS art gallery if they have time on hand!

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