A view of Phangrei Peak in Ukhrul district
A view of Phangrei Peak in Ukhrul district|EastMojo image
MANIPUR

5 picture-perfect picnic spots of Manipur to welcome New Year 2020

Blessed with scenic views and landscapes, both in the valley and in the hills, Manipur offers several unique places for a quick getaway from the bustling city life

Vangamla Salle K S

Vangamla Salle K S

Imphal: Manipur, the land of jewels, is known for its diverse culture well-endowed with abundant natural resources. A landlocked state with an area of 22,327 sq km, with natural vegetation occupying 12,365 sq km, Manipur hosts many undiscovered places that can be developed into thriving tourist attractions. Having blessed with scenic views and landscapes, both in the valley and in the hills, this Northeastern state offers picture-perfect places for a quick getaway from the bustling city life.

Read on to discover five thrilling picnic spots in Manipur:

1. Loktak Lake:

A view of Loktak Lake in Manipur
A view of Loktak Lake in Manipur
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One of the closest picnic spots from Imphal, the state capital, this largest freshwater lake in Northeast India is known for its circular floating swamps locally known as phumdis. The lake is located in Bishnupur district and is home to 233 species of aquatic plants, more than 100 species of birds, 425 species of animals, including Saingai deer, the endangered Manipuri brow-antlered deer. The lake is also home to the world’s only floating national park, Keibul Lamjao National Park, which is located at the south-western part of the lake.

The Sendra Tourist Home, located on a large phumdi island, gives an ideal spot for tourists. Moreover, with its close vicinity from the city, the charm of a picnic is amplified to a great degree and promises a day of fun.

Distance from Imphal: 53 km.

Loktak Lake
Loktak Lake
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How to reach:

Air: The nearest airport is Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Imphal and can be reached through a cab.

Rail: The nearest train station is Dimapur, which is 215 km from Imphal, and can be reached through a cab or public buses.

2. Phangrei Peak

A view of Phangrei Peak in Ukhrul district
A view of Phangrei Peak in Ukhrul district
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Located at a distance of 22 km from Ukhrul town along National Highway 150, Phangrei Peak is a long, flat hill range with an abundance of wildflowers and fruits. Surrounded by a picturesque hill range, the peak is one of the popular picnic spots of the locals in the hill districts.

The hill range joins with the Shirui Peak, home to the endangered Shirui lily, the state flower. To reach the top of the hill, one may have to climb up on foot for at least 30 minutes. However, a day spent at the hilltop is sure to rejuvenate the people of their stressful work lives and give them some quality time to spend with family and friends. It is also best suited for trekking and adventure.

Phangrei Peak is located at a distance of 22 km from Ukhrul town along National Highway 150
Phangrei Peak is located at a distance of 22 km from Ukhrul town along National Highway 150
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Distance from Imphal: 94 km.

How to reach:

Air: The nearest airport is Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Imphal. One may hire a cab either from Imphal or Ukhrul.

Rail: The nearest train station is at Dimapur, which is 215 km from Imphal, and can be reached through a taxi or public buses up to Ukhrul, then through a cab till Phangrei.

3. Tilily or Tiluelue Waterfall

Tilily or Tiluelue waterfall is the highest in Manipur
Tilily or Tiluelue waterfall is the highest in Manipur
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Known as the highest waterfall in Manipur, Tilily or Tiluelue Waterfalls lies in Khayang-Phungtha villages in Ukhrul district. The majestic waterfall is located at the height of 754 ft along the eastern frontier bordering Myanmar amid the densely covered with varieties of trees and figs. The serene waterfall that cascades down the deep-black rocks and thickly-forested areas featuring varied flora and fauna of the region which is truly mesmerising is sure to give a feast to the eyes and etched out in anyone’s mind because of its virgin beauty.

Located at a distance of nearly 100 km from the district headquarters, the journey towards the waterfall can be certainly almost covered by vehicle except the two-hour-long trek to reach the top of the falls after reaching the local residence in Phungtha village. The place itself offers an ultimate site for camping-cum-picnic and lets you experience for a life away from the ordinary and absorb the sun scorching rays, water activities and natures wondrous.

Distance from Imphal: Nearly 200 km.

How to reach:

Air: The nearest airport is Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Imphal. One may hire a vehicle either from Imphal or Ukhrul.

Rail: The nearest train station is at Dimapur, which is 215 km from Imphal, and can be reached through a taxi or public buses up to Ukhrul, then through a vehicle till the falls.

4. Maklang River

Maklang River
Maklang River
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Maklang River is one of the primary rivers in Kamjong district in Manipur and the river flows through Myanmar’s Chindwin River, the biggest tributary of the mighty Irrawaddy. Located at a distance of 54 km from the district headquarters, Maklang River in Kangpat Kullen village is considered as the famed Dawki River of Manipur with its crystal clear the flow of water.

The jewelled emerald watercolour works wonder in rejuvenating the people from the stressful work lives and let you experience the captivating the beauty of nature that surrounds the waterways. With the availability of the abundance of freshwater fish in the river, locals often come for fishing and make the most out of the visit the river.

Distance from Imphal: 120 km.

How to reach:

Air: The nearest airport is Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Imphal. One may hire a vehicle either from Imphal or Kamjong.

Rail: The nearest train station is at Dimapur, which is 215 km from Imphal, and can be reached through a taxi or public buses up to Kamjong, then by vehicles till Maklang River.

5. Khuga Dam

Khuga Dam
Khuga Dam
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Located at the south of Lamkang Town in Churachandpur district at a distance of 59 km from Imphal, Khuga Dam is a beautiful location for that perfect outdoor picnic with family and friends. With a height of 38 m and width of 230 m, the dam was built over an artificial lake with a purpose to generate electricity and water supply in the state. However, the place has now become a prime picnic spot in the hill district. Locals, including youngsters, are often spotted at the location for a day-out trip.

Distance from Imphal: 59 km.

How to reach:

Air: The nearest airport is Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Imphal. One may take public buses or cab either from Imphal or Churachandpur district.

Rail: The nearest train station is at Dimapur, which is 215 km from Imphal, and can be reached through a taxi or public buses.

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