Imphal is the capital city of the state of Manipur in India. The place with its significant historical background and amazing scenic beauty has become a well visited tourist destination. Situated on the bank of river Imphal, the Kangla fort or the Palace of Kangla was the royal residence of King Pakhangba. Although in ruins, the number of temples and other structures in the fort has a lot of archaeological significance. Hiyangthang Lairembi Temple Complex is a notable tourist destination in Imphal.
India Peace Memorial or the Red Hill was built on a hillock to commemorate the fierce battle site between the British and the Imperial Japan fighting alongside the Indian National Army during World War II. Loktak Lake situated at a distance of about 50 kms from the Imphal city is the largest fresh water lake in the country. The unique floating Sendra Island on the lake and the surroundings gives a mesmerising view to its visitors. The Keibul National Park is the only floating national park in the world with varied species of wild animals and birds including the migratory flocks during winter. Exploring the 655.6 m long Tharon Cave can be exciting for the adventure seekers. The 11m long Shahid Minar was built as a memorial for the martyrs of the Meitei Revolt. Other notable tourist attractions in and near Imphal are the INA Memorial, Singda Dam, Manipur Zoological Garden, Sri Govindjee Temple, War Cemetery and Ima Keithal or the Women’s Market. Imphal is well connected by roads and airways with the major north eastern cities of India.