Famous For: Historically, Moirang is famous for the ancient temple of the deity, Lord Thangjing and the legendary love story of “Khamba Thoibi”. In a village name Ngangkhaleikai, the old cloth used by Khamba and Nongban are still preserved.Major Attractions: Loktak Lake, Sendra Island, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Indian National Army Complex, Phubala, Temples.Ideal Visit Time: The best & ideal time to visit Moirang is the winters and the onset of summers. The favourable months to visit the place are between September to April. The climate remains pleasant during these months offering tourists the best holiday experience. Remember that, November to February is the winter season in Imphal.
Moirang is a small town in the Indian state of Manipur. It is situated approximately 45 km south of the state capital Imphal. This place has seen wars and upheavals in the past but is beautiful nonetheless. Moirang is famous for the Loktak Lake whose serene water is home to plethora of flora and fauna. It is the very place where Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose along with his Indian National Army fought a war with Britishers. During the second World War, Moirang was the unofficial headquarters for Indian National Army from where everything was controlled.
This place is perfect for a weekend getaway to unwind and relax. Moirang is also a safe haven for Sangai deers which were once thought to be extinct. A short trip to Moirang will rejuvenate your soul and make you feel refreshed. Let’s talk about some attractive places of Moirang below-
Loktak Lake is located at Moirang in Manipur state, India. This lake is the largest freshwater lake in North East India and is famous for the phumdis (heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil and organic matter at various stages of decomposition) floating over it. The etymology of ‘Loktak’ is- ‘Lok’ means ‘Stream’ and ‘Tak’ means ‘The End’. The largest of all the phumdis covers an area of 40 sq km and is situated on the southeastern shore of the lake.
Located on this phumdi, Keibul Lamjao National Park is the only floating national park in the world. The park is the last natural refuge of the endangered Sangai (state animal), Manipur brown-antlered Deer (Cervus eldi eldi) & Rucervus eldii eldii, one of three subspecies of Eld’s deer.
This ancient lake plays an important role in the economy of Manipur. It serves as a source of water for hydropower generation, irrigation and drinking water supply. The lake is also a source of livelihood for the rural fishermen who live in the surrounding areas and on phumdis, also known as “Phumshongs”. Human activity has led to severe pressure on the lake ecosystem. 55 rural and urban hamlets around the lake have a population of about 100,000 people. (According to wiki)
Sendra Island is a hidden gem of Moirang. This place is a small hill full of natural beauty, surrounded by water. The beauty of this place is simply mesmerizing. There are plenty of cafes and lodges on the top of the hill. Even if you don’t want to be here, make sure to eat in the cafeteria for complacency. The clear water around the hills and the medicinal plants add to the beauty of the place. Sendra Island is crowded with thousands of tourists.
Keibul Lamjao National Park
Keibul Lamjao National Park is one of a kind because it is the only floating national park in the world. This national park has a lot of animals and birds. Some animals include wild boars, sambars, flying foxes, common pigs, bamboo rats and browser deer. As it is a floating national park, a lot of fish can also be seen. Channa Striata, Common Carp, Pool Barb are some of them.
The national park also houses a lot of reptiles including Tortoise, Viper, Cobra, Water Cobra, Banded Krait, Asian Rat Snake and Python that roam freely here. Colourful Birds such as Kingfisher, Black Kite, Spot Billed Duck, Rudy Shell Duck and Indian White Beasted Waterhen can be seen perched on the trees.
Indian National Army Complex
Indian National Army Complex is a treasure that depicts the Freedom Struggle through letters, photographs and other artifacts. A lot of unsung heroes of the freedom struggle are honoured. A bronze statue of Subhas Chandra Bose is erected in the complex to honour him. It’s a place of pride.
Phubala is basically a beautiful village. This picturesque village is located on the shores of Loktak Lake, just 5 kilometers from Moirang. This famous village is very famous and spectacular to the tourists for boating. Visit this village to enjoy some quiet time and spend some moments in the lap of nature. The greenery around you will easily create a kind of turbulence inside you.
Moirang is also a land of temples as a lot of beautifully constructed temples with pristine aura. Pakhangba temple, Oknarel Temple, Radha Mandhop Temple, Loktak Maru Temple, Ibudhou Thangnarel Temple and Gopinath temple are some of the famous ones. Visitors visit these temples in large numbers to pray and seek blessings. These temples are a must visit as they will fill you with positive vibes and make you feel calm.
Things To Do
Boating & Enjoy Festivals: You can do fun activities like a boat trip around Loktak Lake and Keibul Lamjao National Park or Phubala. As the boat moves through the colorful water through the gaps in the greenery, a kind of surge will work inside you unknowingly. Also this natural scenery provides the travelers with a pleasant beauty. This is the best way to spend some peaceful time with your loved one while paddling in the water.
Moirang Lai Haraoba festival is celebrated with great zeal in the month of May. This festival is celebrated to worship and thank Lord Thangjing. Men & women come together and celebrate this festival by singing folk songs and dancing the famous Khamba-Thoibi dance, which was originated in Moirang itself. Everybody is dressed in beautiful local attire and the festival is worth attending.
How To Reach
By Road: Moirang is well-connected to Imphal city with good road, which in turn it’s connected to Guwahati and Silchar in Assam. National Highway NH-150 passes through Moirang connecting it to nearby cities. Bus services are frequently available from Imphal to Moirang.
By Train: Moirang has no any railway station of its own. However, the nearest major railway station is in Dimapur, which is about 250 km away. After reaching the railway station, taxis & buses are available to reach Moirang.
By Air: Moirang has no any airport of its own.However, the nearest airport to reach the city of Moirang is in Imphal city. It’s known as ‘Tulihal Airport’, which is about 48 km away. It has direct flights to the cities of Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Aizawl, Silchar and Dimapur.