Welcome to Manipur
A breeding ground for graceful classical dance traditions, sumptuous cuisine and (it's said) the sport of polo, Manipur (‘Jewelled Land’) sits amid rolling hills stretching to India’s border with Myanmar. It's a place of great geographical and cultural variety. The capital, Imphal, and the beautiful, ecologically unique Loktak Lake sit in a fertile, bowl-like valley in the centre of the state. Most of the valley's residents are Meitei (or Manipuri) people, who today largely adhere to a Vaishnavite strand of Hinduism, but up until the 18th century were casteless animistic worshippers of the sun god Sanamahi. The forested hill country rising up to 2500m outside the central valley is populated predominantly by now-Christian tribal peoples such as the Nagas and Kukis.