is, therefore, among the top four states of the country promoting and nurturing the handloom
industry for generating employment to a large section of the state’s population.
Power supply in Manipur is fully dependent on the Central Generating Stations situated in
the North Eastern Region (NER). As the generating stations in the NER are mainly of hydel in
nature, during lean period there is a shortfall in generation and therefore the available share of
Manipur reduces drastically.
Roads: Road transport is the only means of communication in the state and there are no inland
waterways, railways or ropeways. All development activities depend entirely on the road
transport facilities. Three national highways: i) NH-39, ii) NH-53 and iii) NH-150 criss-cross the
state connecting all districts. Imphal, the capital is connected by NH-39 with Nagaland on the
north and Myanmar on the east, on the west with Assam by NH-53 and Mizoram on the south by
Aviation: Imphal airport is the second largest airport in the north eastern region, which is
connected to Agartala, Aizwal, Dimapur, Guwahati, Kolkata, Pune, Silchar, Bengaluru and New
Railways: The state was included in the railway map of India with the opening of a rail head at
Jiribam in 1990. It is 225 km from Imphal. Dimapur (Nagaland), 215 km from Imphal is the
nearest rail-head. The Jiribam - Tupul - Imphal railway line has been declared as a national
project. Construction of the line is in good progress and is targeted for completion by 2014 (upto
Tupul) and 2016 (upto Imphal).
A year in Manipur represents a cycle of festivals. Hardly a month passes by without a
festival which to the Manipuris is a symbol of their social, cultural and religious aspirations.
Important festivals of the state are Lai Haraoba, Rasa Leela, Cheiraoba, Ningol Chak-Kouba,
Rath-Jatra, Idul Fitr, Imoinu Iratpa, Gaan-Ngai, Lui-Ngai-Ni, Idul Zuha, Yaoshang (Holi),
Durga Puja, Mera Houchongba, Diwali, Kut, Christmas, etc.
Manipur is not only the gateway of the north eastern region but is also a fascinating
destination for discerning tourists. Blessed with a salubrious climate, natural beauty and scenic
splendour, the state extends to the tourists a warm welcome. Some important tourist centres in
the state are Kangla, Shree Shree Govindajee Temple, Khwalramband Bazar (Ima Keithel), War
Cemeteries, Shaheed Minar, Nupi Lan (Women’s War) Memorial Complex, Khonghampat
Orchidarium, INA Memorial (Moirang), Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Sendra,
Moreh, Siroy Hills, Dzuko Valley, State Museum, Kaina Tourist Home, Khongjom War
Memorial Complex, India Peace Memorial (Red Hill), etc.
Relevant Website: www.manipur.gov.in