10 Historical Places of Manipur | Monuments of Manipur

Historical Monuments of Manipur

Mova Cave, Kangla Fort, The War Cemetery in Imphal, Shree Govindaji Temple, Shaheed Minar, Khongjom War Memorial, Red Hill, Sanamahi Temple, Manipur State Museum, and many more.

The number of historical places of Manipur are just plentiful, rich in beauty, culture, stories and a lot of history. The beauty of Manipur is complemented by many historic sites that are significant to many people, including the locals. The historic sites like the sacred Jackfruit tree and many local temples are well protected, preserved and maintained by the native people. The Red Hill and India Peace Memorial also plays an important and significant role in the history as well as the place, which is now a museum in Nambol, Manipur.

The historic sites are truly incredible tourist attractions to explore and fill your heart with their beauty. A trip to its natural Mova Cave, a place full of adventurous activities, is actually just waiting for you right now. While exploring all of these locations, you will be mesmerised and will undoubtedly be immersed in it's natural beauty. So just enjoy everything, this place brimming with fun, experiences, thrills, and much more has to offer on your journey.

Here is the list of best historical places in Manipur:

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Mova Cave

Mova Cave, which is one of the natural historical places in Manipur, is also a popular tourist attraction in Hungpung. The natural cave is actually limestone that has formed into a cave, which lies next to the bluish Lungshang River.

It is a beautiful photogenic location where tourists can hike through the caves for an adventure. You can also go bird watching and see exotic wildlife close to the cave water. This location can be visited at any time of year, but the months of March to June are considered to be the best time to visit.

Timings: 7am-5pm, Monday to Saturday

              10am-4pm, Sunday

Location: 28MM+J79, Hungpung, Manipur

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Kangla Fort

Kangla Palace is one of Manipur's oldest and most historically significant buildings. Earlier, it was accessed from both sides of the banks of Imphal river but now it is only open at the western side of the bank. However, only the dry land and remains of the ruined place is left on the other side.

In addition, the palace continues to hold a special place in the hearts and minds of the Manipuri people. Formerly, it served as the traditional seat of the Manipur Meetei rulers. You can also spend your time by antiquing in the fort as you admire the paintings, displays and frames present there. 

Timings: 7am-5pm

Location: RW4V+X4M, Kangla, Imphal, Manipur 795001

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The War Cemetery in Imphal

The War Cemetery is a dedicated wartime cemetery for thousands of British and Indian soldiers who defended India during WWII. The Commonwealth War Grave Commission maintains the place to ensure that the men and women who died in the wars are never really forgotten. The setup is serene and well-kept, and the cemeteries contain small stone markers and bronze plaques commemorating the brave and noble soldiers' sacrifices.

The headstones help to determine who is buried within. It is a tranquil setting for a walk to learn more about the war. It's more of a historical place in Manipur with a deep story. You are welcome to pay your respects to the soldiers at this place. People visit this place to feel better and pay tributes. 

Timings: 9am-4pm

Location: Kabo Leikai, Imphal, Manipur

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Shree Govindaji Temple

The largest temple in Imphal district is Govindaji Temple, a Vaishnav worshipping place dedicated to Lord Baikunth Nath. The simple but beautiful interiors of the temple make it a peaceful place to contemplate. The temple also has two gold-plated domes and a hall.

There are many devotees who visit this historic place in Manipur every year, where they participate in a variety of devotional activities as well as host and celebrate a number of festivals as well. To get more immersed in Manipur's cultures and religions, you can visit, walk around, pray, meditate, or participate in the activities.

Timings: 5:30 am to 1:00 pm in morning and 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm evening

Location: Manipur Road, Sagolband, Imphal, Manipur

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Sanamahi Temple

Don't miss the famous Sanamahi Temple while exploring the beautiful monuments of Manipur. It is close to Manipur's Kangla Palace, so you can plan both the locations in a single day. The temple is believed to be Asia's oldest temple and is surrounded by a forest, offering peaceful views and enchanting ambiance to visitors.

A fancy and gothic style has been used in designing the temple to give a gratifying and pleasing appearance. Throughout the year, tourists from neighbouring countries also visit the temple. You can also easily travel to and from this location using public transportation. 

Timings: 5:30am-8:30pm

Location: Jiribam, Manipur 795116 

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Manipur State Museum

The Manipur State Museum, which opened on September 23, 1969, is one of the historical places of Manipur to visit and explore. Natural history, archaeology, and cultural anthropology are all represented in the gallery. The artefacts are showcased in display cases as paintings, pictures, models, and sculptures. There are explanations for each display in English, Hindi, and Manipuri, making it easier for everyone to understand.

The rooms of the museum are well-kept with artefacts that provide deeper insights into the state's cultures. Here, visitors can also enjoy temporary awareness exhibits as well as conceptual arts sessions. 

Timings: 10am-4:30pm

Location: Kangla, Imphal, Manipur

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Hanuman Thakur Temple

The Hanuman Thakur Temple is another great historical place in Manipur to visit in between the forests. It is located in the grooves of the Mahabali forest, allowing visitors to admire its beauty, wildlife, and greenery. The temple is a lovely place to worship Lord Hanuman, and it is also home to a large number of monkeys. You can pray, sit down, or go for a walk in the woods.

Stroll around the temple and discover many other beautiful sculptures located inside the temple. Among the most famous monuments in Manipur, this temple is decorated with the famous Bengali style interiors.

Timings: 6am-8pm

Location: Wangkhei, Imphal, Manipur 795001

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Khongjom War Memorial

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Khongjom War Memorial is a Manipur historical monument that reminds visitors of the war that took place between the British and local Manipur natives. History reveals that the memorial was erected in honour of all of the brave soldiers killed during the war. It is now a popular tourist destination for those interested in learning more about history. Furthermore, the attraction has green grass lands and a clear water pond in the centre where you can sit and relax.

The war memorial also houses the tallest sword statue in the world. Many indigenous people come to walk around the massive memorial. Visitors are not required to pay a fee to enter the complex.

Timings: 7am-7pm

Location: Khongjom, Manipur 795148

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Red Hill

Red Hill in Manipur is a hill to the south of Imphal, which is considered as a pilgrimage site for Japanese people because it was built during World War II and was named "India Peace Memorial" by them.  The location has a historical background and links to the incidents. You can learn more about the history, take a walk, and unwind in the pleasant weather.

If you are travelling alone, with friends, or even with family, the park is an ideal destination. Because it allows you to travel and learn about the country's legendary stories. This popular tourist destination has really nice weather during the winter months of the year, so you can plan accordingly.

Timings: Open 24 hours

Location: Maibham Ching Link Rd, Nambol, Manipur 795134

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Shaheed Minar

Shaheed Minar is a splendid monument located in the heart of the city. The monument is assumed to be over 100 years old, but it has been well maintained and retained. The monument is built to honour the Manipur forces for their sacrifices. It's an 11-foot-tall tower in the middle of a green park.

It is a peaceful park where visitors can learn more about the historical incident's history and background. People can also learn more about Minar's architecture.

Timings: 2pm-8pm, Monday to friday

Location: Paona Bazar in Imphal, Manipur 795001

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People Also Ask About Manipur

  1. Which are the best places to visit in Manipur?

    1. Loktak Lake: Loktak, a beautiful freshwater lake in Manipur, India, is a popular tourist destination. In northeastern India, it is also known as a floating island. It is well-known and worth seeing for its land, soil, vegetation, and other natural features. You can try boating and other water activities near the lake while visiting.

    2. Tharon Cave: 
    Visit Tharon Lake for some amazing fun and thrills. With an amazing ventilation system, one can experience a fresh breath of air brushing through your hair that will refresh your mind and soul. The cave is a long tunnel with carvings of Hovnanian cultural background. When you come here, make sure to go on an adventure, trek, or walk through the dim and fascinating tunnels.

    3. Andro: 
    Andro is well-known for being the birthplace of a unique type of pottery. It is a lovely green and small town in Manipur that showcases its cultural heritage, local tribes, and artistic creativity of locals. You can explore the village and learn a lot about pottery. You, too, can get one for your lovely home.

    4. Leimaram Waterfall: 
    Don't forget to visit the Leimaram Waterfalls if you're visiting Manipur. The waterfalls provide all visitors with a pleasant, soothing, and breathtaking scenic beauty. Nature enthusiasts can  walk around, relax, and admire the water falling on the rocks. 

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  2. What are the best things to do in Manipur?

    1. Go into nature: When in Manipur, one can do several things, like exploring the natural beauty. Manipur is endowed with lush greenery and magnificent beauty. So you can go into nature to find peace and relaxation by trekking through the landscapes like Loktak Lake, Hijagang and Dzukou Valley. You can also try cycling near lakes and other scenic areas.

    2. Boating: 
    Visitors can participate in boating and other water activities offered by locals near Loktak Lake. Enjoy boating while taking in the beauty of the scenic view of the town. Also, don't forget to enjoy the serene backdrop of mountains in the background and capture those memorable pictures.

    3. Shop around: 
    Manipur is well-known for a variety of items such as bowls, candle stands, graters, and much more, all of which are handcrafted by Manipur's natives. All of these can be found at the famous Ema Keithel Markets. Also, try on the elegant Manipuri dress, located at every street market, to get a sense of the northeastern looks, culture, and ethnicity.

    4. Savour the delicious dishes.: 
    Manipur is also well-known for the popular dishes sold on the local streets. A typical Manipuri dish consists of a complete diet to fill your stomach. Don't forget to try the hot and healthy vegetable soup, Morak Metpa, Singju, and many different kinds of other popular dishes.

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  3. Why is Manipur famous?

    Manipur is famously known for its natural attractions such as the Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao, and many others. Apart from natural beauty there are numerous historical places to visit in Manipur, popularly known for showcasing the ancient history of the country which is not commonly known by tourists. Explore the elegant culture, traditions, and delicious food as you swirl through the place.
  4. What is the best time to visit Manipur?

    The best time to visit Manipur is between September and April when the weather is gentle and pleasant to make your journey comfortable. You can also visit the lovely location from November to February to enjoy the winter season and chilly nights of Manipur.

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  5. Is Manipur worth visiting?

    Yes, it absolutely is. Manipur is an all in one destination where you can experience exciting adventures, thrills, food, culture, wildlife, and monuments. Visitors flock to this beauty year-round, as it is known as a natural bliss covered with lush greenery and fresh air.
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