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Unmissable destinations in Manipur for wholesome travel experiences – Times of India

Precious Rongmei, TIMESOFINDIA.COM, OFFBEAT, MANIPUR Created : Dec 23, 2022, 15:00 IST
We, at TimesTravel, are big fans of offbeat travel and unique experiences. The usual is always good and fail-proof, but offbeat and lesser-known destinations are so much better. Mostly because they present you with opportunities to go out and explore new things. We learn a lot when we do things by ourselves, don’t we?

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With that in mind, we bring to you these amazing destinations in Manipur where you can explore on your own, interact with locals and gather new experiences for yourself.

The hills of Ukhrul are cold and mystical. They are also home to the endemic Shirui Lily, a flowering plant that grows only on top of the Shirui Kashong hills. From the main town, this hill is located just 18 km away.
Another star attraction is the Khangkhui Mangsor Cave, located just 16 km from the main town. Various artefacts dating back to the Palaeolithic period were discovered from this cave. Needless to say, the cave is one of the most popular adventure destinations in the area. Also, the famous black pottery of Manipur comes from Ukhrul district!
The small village of Willong Khullen, located on the Maram-Peren road in Senapati district, was once an important cultural centre. And how do we know of this? Around 135 monoliths of various shapes and sizes will tell you the story of the bygone rich cultural centre. The site is located right at the entrance of the village. Due to the lack of proper documentation, we may never know the exact purpose of these monoliths, but locals believe that these stone structures were erected in honour of the fallen heroes of the tribal wars back in those days.
During the Second World War, almost all parts of India were not actively entangled in the war, except for two states in India – Manipur and Nagaland. When the Japanese soldiers entered India, this present-day sleepy town of Churachandpur was one of the badly hit places. The locals will tell you a lot of war-time stories.
Located about an hour-and-a-half drive from the capital city of Imphal is the Andro village. The village is a gem when it comes to culture-preservation. Mutua Bahadur Museum is one such incredible place where you can see the replicas of traditional houses of all tribal communities in Manipur. From tribal dolls to totem poles and religious and cultural artefacts, you will find them all here. The village is also popular for the women potters. Here in Andro, only married women are allowed to do pottery. While the men are engaged in agricultural work, the women of this village support themselves by making pottery.
Just a short distance from the museum, you will find Santhei Natural Park, one of the most scenic spots in the village.
Located in Tamenglong district, Dailong village is the oldest village of the Rongmei Naga tribe.The village is also home to the Dailong Biodiversity Heritage Site, one of the 13 declared Biodiversity Heritage Sites in India. The forest out here is home to many rare species of flora and fauna. One of the most interesting concepts followed by the people of Dailong is the village-protected forest or sacred grove, locally known as Raengan.
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