_GLIMPSES OF MANIPUR

Manipur became the full fledged State of the Indian Union on January 21, 1972.  Nestling deep within a lush green corner of North East India is the wondrously beautiful little Sangrila called Manipur. Literally ‘Manipur’ means ‘Jeweled Land’. So, it is described as the ‘Jewel of India’. This little corner is a veritable paradise on earth where natural beauty has been extra generous surrounded by green hills and an oval shape valley. The State is rich in art and tradition. The natural beauty, cascading rapids, tripping rivers, carpet of flowers, exotic blooms and lazy lakes offered the State the descriptions such as the “Switzerland of the East”. Manipur is not only a gateway to the Northeastern Region, but also a fascinating destination for tourists. Legends say that the discovery of Manipur is the result of the delight the Gods took in dancing; it is this remarkable bid that gives Manipur a unique identity of her own. 

Manipur is situated between latitude 23.83N and 25.688 N and longitude 93.038 E and 94.788 E. Manipur is bounded by Assam to the west, Mizoram to the south, Nagaland to the north and Myanmarto the east. It shares the International boundary with Myanmar. Imphal the Capital of Manipur is a bustling minimetropolis situated at a height of 790 Meter above sea level. Manipur covers a total area of 22,356 Sq. Km inhabited by people belonging to different ethnic group. Manipur enjoys abundant natural scenery and offers the tourists a wide scope of selected breathtaking panorama.

Generally, the people of Manipur are classified under two main heads - the plains people and the hills men. The Plains people belong to the Meities, living in the small valley located in the heart of the state. Hill ranges from all sides surround the valley portion of the State. The valley shows a slant of its surface level from the north to the south resultantly making a north-south drainage system, which is visible from the runway of these streams on the flat surface of the valley. Beyond the extremities of the valley are ranges of hills with luxuriant growth of various, the treasure house of flora and fauna. There are 29 recognised scheduled tribes in Manipur Hill People or tribals. Later on, some Muslims who are believed to be of Sylhet, Silchar and Chachar area came and settled in the Imphal valley with the Meities.

DISTRICT

HEADQUARTER

 

Bishnupur

Bishnupur

Chandel

Chandel

churachandpur

Churachandpur

Imphal East

Imphal

Imphal West

Imphal

Senapati

Senapati

Tamenglong

Tamenglong

Thoubal

Thoubal

Ukhrul

Ukhrul