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District Bishnupur

Bishnupur or the land of dancing deers is beautiful destination situated at a distance of 27 km from Imphal, the capital of Manipur. Bishnupur in Manipur has remained as the capital of Bishnupriya Manipuris. Bishnupur lies at the foot of a hill and is renowned for the 15th century Vishnu temple. The temple is a single-celled, conical roofed temple. Further tourist attractions are Keibul Lamjao National Park, Loktak Lake and Loukoipat Ecological Park. Bishnupur in Manipur is also famous for it's chiselled stoneware.

How to reach Bishnupur

By Air

The nearest airport is at Imphal about 32 km away.

By Train

The nearest railhead is at Dimapur about 229 km away.

Places of Interest

The Bishnu Temple

The conical roofed shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Built in 1467, during the reign of King Kiyamba, the temple is interesting for its antiquity and Chinese design.

Keibul Lamjao National Park

Spread in an area of 40 sq km, Keibul Lamjao National Park in Manipur was established in the year 1966 as a Sanctuary and in the year 1977 as a National Park. Keibul Lamjao National Park Manipur is probably the world's only 'floating sanctuary' that comprises 40 sq km of wetland overgrown with 1.5 m. deep floating vegetation (called phumdi). The park has several distinguishing features. Besides the vegetation and terrain, an important highlight of the park is the Loktak Lake (6,475 ha), the largest freshwater lake in India; a large portion of which falls within the park.

The Flora

Keibul Lamjao consists of the unique 'phumdi' or floating marshes. Eighty per cent of the flora is submerged and the vegetation forms a 90-120 cm. thick cover on the water surface. About half a century ago, the predominant plants used to be tou (45 per cent), singut (25 per cent) and khoimom (15 per cent). But the composition of the vegetation has undergone rapid changes and the plant cover, at present, is estimated to comprise of equal proportions of hoop Leersia hexandra and sing kambong Zizania latifolia, a protein-rich plant, often used as food (about 24 per cent).

The Animals

Some very rare animals may be seen in and around this wilderness. The star attraction, of course, is the brow-antlered deer Cervus eldi eldi, called sangai in the local Meitei dialect. This particular subspecies of the Thamin deer is also fondly called Manipur's dancing deer because of its delicate gait as it negotiates its way along the floating wetlands. Other species of deer seen here include the hog deer, sambar and muntjac. One of the most primitive primates, the slow loris occurs in scattered pockets on the hills. Assamese and stump-tailed macaques and the Hoolock gibbon are restricted mainly to the western hills. The Rhesus monkey is found ubiquitously around the park. The large Indian civet Viverra zibetha and small Indian civet Viverricula indica, common otter Lutra lutra and wild boar Sus scrofa are some of the large mammals found in the area. Extremely rare lesser wild cats like the marbled cat and Temminck's golden cat may be sighted occasionally. The Himalayan black bear and the Malayan bear may also be seen foraging for food.

The Birds

A variety of rare birds occur in Keibul Lamjao and the Loktak Lake. The avifauna consists primarily of the smaller reed-dwelling species. Waterfowl, which were unfailing winter migrants to the lake, are becoming more rare because of the lack of open water surfaces. The Hooded Crane may be seen in the Manipur valley. The Black Eagle and the Shaheen Falcon are some of the raptors seen here. The Eastern White Stork, Bamboo Partridge and Green Peafowl are also found here. Some of the species of hornbills found here include the Brownbacked Hornbill, Rufousnecked Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, the Pied Hornbill and the Great Pied Hornbill.

Accomodation inside the park is at Phubala where there is a Forest rest house. But all the accommodation in an around the park is basic and in most places the food has to be arranged by the visitor.


Temperatures range from a maximum of 34.4 °C to a minimum of 1.7°C. The annual rainfall is 1220 mm. The area is most humid in August, with daily humidity measuring as much as 81 per cent. March is the least humid at 49 per cent.

How to reach

By Air

Manipur's capital, Imphal (53 km. from the park) is connected by flight to major cities like Delhi, Guwahati (469 km), Calcutta.

By Train

Dimapur (215 km. from Imphal) is the nearest railhead. Jiribam, a small town on Manipur's border, 225 km. from Imphal is an alternative, from where one can proceed to Keibul Lamjao by road.

By Road

Imphal is connected by road with Guwahati (469 km.) through National Highway No.39 and Silchar through National Highway No. 53. The park is about 53 km. from Manipur's capital, Imphal and can be approached by bus or on private vehicles.

Loktak Lake and Sendra Island

Loktak Lake is a largest fresh water lake in the northeastern region located 48 km from Imphal. Loktak Lake is a huge and beautiful stretch of water spread upto 312 sq. km area and looks like a miniature island sea. The Sendra Tourist Home with an attached cafeteria in the middle of the lake is an ideal tourist spot. Boating and other water- sports are being introduced here.

Red Hill (Lokpaching)

A hillock, a thrilling spot where a fierce battle took place between the British and the Japanese forces in the World War II and regarded as a holy place. The Japanese war veteran had constructed 'India Peace Memorial', a monument in memory of Japanese martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the fierce battle.


On the western fringe of the Loktak Lake, Phubala is a charming little resort, linked to the mainland by a narrow causeway. Boating and other water sports are being introduced. Phubala resort is a virgin land 40 km south of Imphal. Besides the human inhabitants of the lake, there are other life forms here too.

Ecological Park

This was established in the year 1992. The park houses - Rock Garden, Hawa Ghar, Circular Path and Japanese Pond. Boating facility is also available in the park at the Loukoipat lake.


One of the main centres of Meitei folk culture with the ancient temple of the pre- Hindu deity Lord Thangjing is situated here. Men and women dressed in colourful traditional costumes sing and dance in honour of the Lord at the Moirang 'Lai Haraoba', which is a ritual dance festival held in May every year. The town also has a special place in the history of the Indian freedom Struggle. It was at Moirang that the flag of the Indian National Army was first unfolded in 1944. The INA Museum containing letters, photographs, badges of ranks and other memorabilia remind the visitor of the noble sacrifices made by the INA under the charismatic leadership of Netaji Subhas Ch. Bose.