Famous For: Ukhrul is popular for its festivities which has attracted tourists over the year. It’s also famous for the Shirui Lily (Lilium Mackliniae Sealy), which is found in its natural habitat on the peak of Shirui Kashong. Ukhrul has some interesting places also for the visitors.Major Attractions: Shirui Kashong Peak, Kachouphung Lake, Khayang Peak, Nillai Tea Estate, Khangkhui Cave.Ideal Visit Time: Ukjrul can be visited at any time of the year but considering it to visit between April-June and between October-February will help you to explore the city at its best.
Ukhrul/Hunphun is a town in the state of Manipur, India. It is the home of the Tangkhul Naga. It is the administrative headquarter of the Ukhrul district. There are also four sub-divisions in the district for administering the villages in and around it. The villages, however, are governed by the ‘Village Heads’.
Ukhrul is a beautiful hill town, rich in tribal culture and rich wildlife. There are numerous tribal inhabitants here. This virgin land is inhabited by peaceful people who believe in peace and love to spend time in peace. In addition to the clean environment, the standard of living of the simple and friendly aborigines will enchant you, who have been known for their honesty and devotion for generations. They are a such kind of mountain people above comparison.
Ukhrul district is the home of not only the Tangkhul but the Thadou-Kuki community too . The Tangkhuls belong to a Mongolian race which is spread all over the World. Linguistically, they belong to a large language family called Sino-Tibetan, within that family to the sub-family Tibeto-Burman. In general this points towards an origin in the north, that is south-west China and Tibet. It is believed that the earliest home of the Tangkhuls was the upper reaches of Huang Heo and Yangtze Rivers which lies in the Zinjiang province of China. (According to wiki)
Ukhrul is popular for its festivities which has attracted tourists over the year. The chief festivals include Luira (seed sowing festival), Mangkhap (resting feast), and Thareo (harvest festival). Realising authentic Tangkhul cuisines and showcasing of traditional songs and dance forms the main attraction. It is also best known for the Shirui Lily (Lilium Mackliniae Sealy), which is found in its natural habitat on the peak of Shirui Kashong, some 18km east of the town, and Khangkhui Mangsor cave which lies 16 Kilometers away.
Popular parks, peaks and waterfalls in and around the place. Duncan park and El Shadai park make ideal picnic spots for the visitors. Khayang Waterfalls and Ango Ching, a forest area are still to be traced out by tourists and avid travellers. Lunghar Sihai Phangrei a flat hilly place and Kachouphung Lake are ideal attractions for a leisure stroll. Other places of interest includes Shingcha Kachui, Mova Cave, Marangphung Saline Spring, Kachai Lemon, Shirarakhong Chillies, Shangshak War Memorial, etc. among many others.
Now let’s talk about some places of attraction below-
Shirui Kashong Peak
Shirui Kashong Peak is one of the best peaks to visit in Ukhrul. It is much more popular than other peaks because it is very easily accessible. The height of this peak is about 2835 meters above sea level. In addition to the beauty of its height, the peak is naturally decorated with colorful flowers. These flowers bloom on the tops of the hills in May-June. The main attraction here is the rare Lilium Mackliniae Sealy. This place is famous not only for its colorful beauty, but also for its many kinds of medicinal plants and shrubs.
The most interesting feature about Kachouphung Lake is that its shapw is similar to the shape of the map of India. This fascinating lake is located on a hillside. The lake is rich in fish and provides a great opportunity for the locals to fish. The size of the river varies a lot between summer and monsoon. It grows quite large during the rainy season. Another interesting thing is that water can be brought from the nearby Nily river and added to the lake to increase its size. How funny!
Khayang Peak is the highest peak in Ukhrul district, with an elevation of about 3114 meters above sea level. The peak offers a spectacular view of the entire region, with views of the surrounding hills, flowing river currents and low valleys. Apart from enjoying its natural beauty, tourists also come for trekking on this hill. The satisfaction of watching the sunrise from the summit cannot be expressed in words. People who are not very good at trekking can easily go for a long drive up the hill in private transport or hired transport and breathe in the open nature.
Nillai Tea Estate
Another great place to visit Ukhrul is the Nillai Tea Estate. This is a place where green tea grows. The tea grown here is completely handmade and naturally sun-dried. It also enriches the medicinal properties of tea leaves. The special feature of these leaves is that when they are boiled a second time, they will taste right. Also, the greenery of the eye-catching tea garden here is sure to catch your eye. Unknowingly, a kind of good feeling will be created in your heart and you will not want to leave the place.
This is the historic cave where the villagers took refuge during the Second World War. However, this Khangkhui Cave is a significant natural limestone cave. The cave has two large rooms, five tunnels and a large hall. There are many rumors behind this cave. Many believe that the cave was once inhabited by a Devil King who had two wives. The two rooms included his two wives while he rested in the royal bedroom at the north end of the hall. According to legend, the king held all his meetings and important discussions in the hall.
Once you see Ukhrul, it will attract you again and again. You will want to explore the rich history, beauty, nature and culture here again and again. Ukhrul certainly occupies a special place in the hearts of every nature or adventure lover, which is truly amazing.
How To Reach
By Road: Ukhrul is not well-connected to the other major cities of India directly. Yours planning to Visit Ukhrul by bus needs to travel to Imphal by taking either the air or railway means of transport. Arriving Imphal, you can either take the taxi or rent a car to drive to Ukhrul which is approx 3-4 hours of journey.
By Train: Ukhrul has no any railway station of its own. The nearest railway station to Ukhrul is located in Dimapur (Nagaland) at an approximate distance of 314 km. The station is the major rail head that serves both the states of Nagaland and Manipur. Once you arrive at the station, you can hire taxi and drive way to your destination in Ukhrul.
By Air: Ukhrul has no any airport of its own. The nearest Airport is Imphal International Airport, which is about 105 km away from the Ukhrul city. If you’re looking for a comfortable and convenient mode to travel, needs to fly to Imphal Airport which is linked to the other major cities of the country. Form there hire private cars or public bus can reach Ukhrul town which in general takes an average journey time of about 3-4 hours.