“Home of the oldest polo ground in the world”.
Where is Imphal?
The city of Imphal is one of the most ancient cities in India. Located in the State of Manipur in the extreme east of India. Only 60 km from the Myanmar border, as the crow flies. The city is a major trade centre. Noted for its weaving, brass-ware, bronze-ware, and other cottage industries.
For over 30 years the State of Manipur has been affected by internal armed conflict. However, Imphal is deemed safe for traveller it is dangerous to venture out into rural and mountainous areas surrounding the city.
Our journey from Nongriat to Imphal was by shared jeeps.
Whilst in Imphal, we chose to stay at the Sangai Continental (The Boutique Hotel). Only 900m from Kangla Fort, the rooms in this hotel are spacious and clean. Our room came with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, and a kettle with tea and coffee making facilities. The ensuite bathroom had free toiletries. The restaurant offers good food and serves a good buffet breakfast.
Places of interest
A 200 year old fort and Palace of Manipuri kings. Having a natural defence of water channels all around it. This huge complex contains large historical sites. Including an excavation where 3000 year old structures were discovered by archaeologists. Other historical interests include General Slim’s cottage, remains of the old fort, temples, and gardens.
The tourist entry fee is 100 Rupees per person. Entry is only possible through the west gate. Closed on Mondays.