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MANIPUR ITINERARY

Itinerary


 

Manipur

Manipur literally meaning "A jeweled land" nestle deep within a lush green corner of North East India. It seems much like an exquisite work of art executed by superb hands of Nature and is indeed a state of exquisite natural beauty and splendors, the beauty of which once inspired Mrs. St. Clair Grimwood described it as " A Pretty Place more beautiful than many show places of the world" Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru paid a fitting tribute by describing it as "Jewel of India".
Surrounded by blue hills with an oval shaped valley at the centre, rich in art and tradition and surcharged with nature's pristine glory. Manipur lies on a melting pot of culture. It is birth place of Polo. This is the place where Rajashree Bhagyachandra created the famous Ras Lila, the classical dance of Manipur, out of his enchanting dream by the grace of Lord Krishna.
Her folk dances reveal the mythological concept of creation of Manipur.
Having a varied and proud history from the earliest times, Manipur came under the British Rule as a Princely State after the defeat in the Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891. After independence of India in 1947, the Princely State of Manipur was merged in the Indian Union on October 15,1949 and became a full-fledged State of India on the 21th January, 1972 .

Ningol Chakouba - the social festival of Manipuries
It is a remarkable social festival of the Meiteis. Married women of the family who were married to distant places come to the parental house along with her children and enjoy sumptuous feast. It is a form of family rejoinder to revive familial affection. The festival is also observed by the Pangals (Manipuri Muslims) to a certain extent now-a-days. It is observed on the second day of the new moon in the Manipuri month of Hiyangei(November).

Yaoshang - The premier festival of Manipur Hindus
Celebrated for five days commencing from the full moon day of Phalguna (february/March), Yaoshang is the premier festival of Manipur. The Thabal Chongba - a kind of Manipuri folk dance, where boys and girls hold hands and sing and dance in a circle, is particularly associated with this festival. Boys and girls and old women collect donations from house to house and the money so collected is spent in a number of parties and feast. Indeed, Yaosang to Manipur is what Durga Puja is to Bengal, Diwali in north India and Bihu to Assam.

Ramjan ID - The premier festival of Manipur Muslims
Ramjan Id is the most popular festival of the Manipuri Muslims (Meitei Pangal) in Manipur and is observed in the usual spirits of joy and festivities as in other Muslim world Ramjan is the ninth month of Hijri year since the time of prophet Mohammed and during this month the Muslims practice seld denial ny avoiding any food, drink and smoke from pre-dawn till sunset. During this month is spent on prayers. After the month on the second day of shawwal, when the new moon is visible they break fast and this fast breaking day is called Id-Ul-Fitre. On this day, they go to the mosques to offer prayers and take delicious dishes, exchange greetings and call on the friends and relatives.

KUT - the festival of Kuki-Chin-Mizo
It is an autumn festival of the different tribes of Kuki-Chin-Mizo groups of Manipur. The festival has been variously described at different places amongst different tribes as Chavang-Kut or Khodou etc. It is a happy occasion for the villagers whose food stock is boundiful after a year of hard labour. The festival is a thanks giving featsts with songs and dances in merriment and joviality for all, in honour of the giver of an abundant harvest, it is observed on the 1st of November every year.

Gang-Ngai - Festival of Kabui Nagas
Celebrated for five days in the month of Wakching (December/Janaury) GANG-NGAI is an important festival of the Kabui Nagas. The festival opens with the omen taking ceremony on the first day and the rest of the days are associated with common feast, dances of old men and women and of boys and girls, presentation of farewell gifts etc. For 1997, it starts from Janaury 21.

Chumpha -festival of Tangkhul Nagas
Celebrated for seven days in the month of December, the Chumpha festival is a great festival of the Tanghul Nagas. The festival is held after harvest. The last three days are devoted to social gatherings and rejoicing. Unlike other festivals women play a special role in the festival. The concluding part of the festival ends with a provession within the village.

Christmas - The festival of Christians.
The Christmas is the greatest festival of all the Christains of Manipur, observed for two days on December 24 and 25. Prayers, reading of Gospels, eating, singing of hymns, lectures on Christ, sports etc., form the major part of the festival. In some villages where the inhabitants are well-off, the celebration continues till Janaury 1 on which the New Years day is also observed.

Cheiraoba - The Manipur NewYear
During the festival, people clean and decorate their houses and prepare special festive dishes which are first offered to various deities. Celebrated during the month of April, a part of the ritual entails villagers climbing the nearest hill tops in belief that it will enable them to rise to greater heights in their worldly life. The Pangals (Manipuri Muslims) also observe it.

Kang - The RathaJatra of Manipur
One of the greatest festivals of the Hindus of Manipur, the festival is celebrated for ten days(July). Lord Jagannath leaves his temple in a car known as 'Kang' in Manipur pulled by pilgrims who vie with one another for this honour.

Heikru Hitongba
Celebrated in the month of September, a festival of joy, with little religious significance along a 16 metre wide boat. Long narrow boats are used to accommodate a large number of rowers. Idol of Shri Bishnu is installed before the commencement of the race

04 Days Manipur

Day 1 - Meet and assistance on arrival by ACTE members. Transfer to hotel rest day at leisure.
Day 2 - Morning visit Shree Govindajee temple, a historic Vaishnavite center, State Museum, The Historic Kangla Fort, World War-II cemetery afternoon visit the Khwairamband Bazar of Ima Market, a unique all women market where all 'Imas' or mothers run the stalls. Exquisite handlooms and handicrafts will impress you. Evening witness the Manipuri dance with the local dinner.
Day 3 - Loktak lake is considered to be the lifeline of the State of Manipur due to its importance in the socio-economic and cultural life of the people. It is the largest natural freshwater lake in the north - eastern region of India. The lake is rich in biodiversity and was des ig nated as a Wetland of International Importance under Ramsar Convention in 1990. Visit Indian National Army Museum in Moirang. Later drive back to Imphal. Overnight Hotel.
Day 4 - After breakfast Transfer to airport and fly out.


9 Days Naga-Manipur combine tour.

Day 1 - Arrive at Dibrugarh airport assistance upon arrival by ACTE member transfer drive to Sibsagar.
Day 2 - Full day in & around Sibsagar. Visit Shiva and Vishnu temples and the ruins of the Ahom kingdom - the historic capitol of Ahom who ruled the brahmaputra valley for over 600 years one of the oldest ruling dynasty in the world, visit various temples, fort etc.
Day 3 - Morning drive to Mon, the district headquarter and the land of the Konyak tribes. You can admired the former head hunters with their tattooed faces and big horns pierced in their ears. Konyaks are still ruled by heredetary chiefs known as Angh.
Day 4 - Full day visit of Konyak tribal villages. Drive to Longwa village, the largest village amoung the Konyak tribal villages, Konyaks are still ruled by heredetary chiefs known as Angh. The house of the chief is situated half in Myanmar and half in India on International boundary. Overnight Local House.
Day 5 - Drive through beautiful countryside to Mokokchung (220km/ 7hrs). This town is the cultural centre of the Ao Naga tribe. Overnight Mokokchung.
Day 6 - Whole day exploration of Ao Naga tribal villages, walk around the village on the old missionary´s path and visit the local museum with tribal exhibits. In the afternoon Longkhum, a vanguard village in the days of head hunting. Lastly we will go to Ungma Village, the oldest and the biggest Ao village. Overnight Mokokchung.
Day 7 - Drive to Wokha 80km/ 4hrs, is the home of the Lotha tribe. Hill Top village studded with monolithe (Longsu) erected by rich ancestor, depicting their high status. Also this district is reputed for its excellent oranges and pineapples. Overnight Wokha.
Day 8 - Morning drive to Kohima 90 kms/ 4 hrs, is the state capital of the vibrant Nagaland, enroute visit tribal villages. On arrival check-in Hotel. Overnight Hotel.
Day 9 - Full day in around Kohima, excursion to Khonoma village of Angami tribe it offers delightful view of Nagaland nature beauty and ecological diversity visit World War-II Mémorial cemetery, Cathédral, State Muséum, Local Market, late afternoon Naga Traditional Dance
Day 10 - Drive to Imphal 145 kms/ 4 hrs. Imphal is the state capital of Manipur. On arrival check-in hotel. Later visit the local market the Khwairamband Bazar or Ima Market, a unique all women market where all 'Imas' or mothers run the stalls. Exquisite handlooms and handicrafts will impress you. Overnight Hotel.
Day 11 - Morning visit shrines of Krishna and Balaram and Jagannath flank the two sides of the prestigious deity. Manipuries are mostly Vaishnavites and this temple is the main place of worship, drive back for breakfast and later visit, the historic Kangla Fort "According to Cheitharol Kumbaba, the royal chronicle of Manipur, the Kangla housed the royal palace ever since Nongda Lairen Pakhangba ascended the throne in 33 A.D. In the pre-Pakhangba period, a ruling clan named Khaba ruled from Kangla ," visit the World War-II war cemetery of the allied forces who sacrifice their lives fighting against the Japanese, visit the state museum. Overnight Hotel.
Day 12 - After breakfast drive to Loktak Lake, a National Park. It is covered extensively by naturally - occuring phoomdis (mass of floating vegetation) which are a specialized habitat for many biota, besides being useful to the local people in many ways. The Keibul Lamjao National Park, in the southern part of the lake, is a unique floating wildlife reserve and the only home of the endangered Manipur brow - antlered deer or "Sangai",. It has been the breeding ground of a number of riverine migratory fishes from the Irrawady - Chindwin river system and continues to be vital as a fish habitat. The lake also supports a signfi cant population of resident and migratory waterfowl. Visit the Moirang World War-II memorial museum of the 'Indian National Army'. Later drive back to Imphal. Overnight Hotel.
Day 13 - Morning at leisure, later transfer drive to airport, connect flight for onward journey.
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