Trivia: The Sangai Festival is named after the State animal, Sangai, the brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur.
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Manipur, once a princely state is the connect between India and South East Asia both, geographically and culturally. It is a treasure trove for performing arts and crafts and has hidden scenic gems like Loktak lake.

As you watch the gorgeous woven sarongs, 3 tier temple umbrellas and the landscape and graceful dances, you will find similarities with the South Asian countries.

Named after the brow antlered deer ‘Sangai’ found only in Manipur, the festival is a great platform to witness the unique culture of the state. The costumes, weaves and crafts are just as enthralling as the music, theater and dances. The birth place of polo, the game was introduced to the British when they annexed the state. It is thrilling to be a spectator of the traditional version of this sport on its home turf.

Visit the site where the Indian flag was first hoisted on Indian soil in 1944.

We have combined it with a few outdoor activities to take in the scenic beauty of the state. Go for a boat ride on the serene Loktak lake andvisit the only floating sanctuary in India.  Accommodation will be AC deluxe rooms at The Classic Grande situated in Imphal and Sandra Park & Resort in Moirang.

Rajib Ahongsangbam the tour curator, is a local from the Meitei community. He has been in the field of tourism for two decades and knows the region intimately. He and his team of guides will be able to take you to all the places of interest and respond to any queries you might have.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Date : November 23, 2019

Time : 1:00 pm

Imphal

Arrive at Imphal International Airport. Most flights arrive here by late morning or afternoon. (We will inform you which are the best flights to book) Be greeted by our local guide and then transfer to the hotel. Relax and meet your travel companions. Lunch will be arranged at the hotel and we will invite a local to join you and interact with you to provide a brief understanding on life in Manipur. Early evening visit the RKCS Art Gallery, a wonderful private gallery with stunning canvases that visually depicts the history of the state. Then continue to the Sangai festival venue to participate in the activities. We recommend you try the local cuisine for dinner there. Carry cash for shopping and food.

Day 2

Date : November 24, 2019

Time : 8:30 am

Imphal

After breakfast set out to a village on the outskirts of Imphal to witness life there and to meet a weaver or two and see them at work. You can buy directly from them too. Then drive back to Imphal to take in the local sights. Start with Kangla, regarded as a sacred site by the Manipuris. It was also the seat of power for the kings of Manipur and subsequently for the British. The grounds are beautiful with lovely examples of varied architecture. A visit to the Museum here is highly recommended. Lunch has been arranged at one of the most popular restaurants here, called Luxmi Kitchen. Then visit the international polo ground to witness a match. Early evening visit IMA market. This market is entirely run by women and a great place to pick up baskets, textiles and little gifts to take back home. This 500 years old market needs to be explored leisurely, so good walking shoes are recommended. Carry cash as credit cards are unheard off here. Spend the evening at your leisure or after a short rest those who wish can visit the festival grounds to watch a few more performances.

Day 3

Date : November 25, 2019

Time : 9:00 am

Moirang

After an early breakfast drive to Moirang (45 kms / 1.5 hours). En route visit the Japanese war memorial and the INA museum. Check into the Sendra Park and Resort overlooking the lake. Have lunch here and refresh. Evening along with your guide go for a walk around the lake and take in the gorgeous views of the sunset and life in the small fishing villages. Evening at leisure in the hotel.

Day 4

Date : November 26, 2019

Time : 9:30 am

Moirang

After a leisurely breakfast set out to explore the local Sights of Imphal. Start with a boat ride on the Lokpal lake and watch the fishermen cast their nets. Explore a floating Phumdis with a tiny hut on it that is actually a two bedroom home stay. The owners are very hospitable and you will get to interact with them over a cup of tea. The view of the lake from the little erected platform is lovely. Then proceed to a small home stay situated near the lake to view the local costumes and enjoy a traditional lunch here. Afternoon visit the Keibul Lamjao National Park to spot the Sangai deer. If you want to opt for the boat ride inside the sanctuary please inform the guide a day before so that he can arrange it and inform you the cost. This activity requires a minimum of 4-5 people to participate. Evening at leisure in the hotel to relax, take walks around the property or just take in the views.

Day 5

Date : November 27, 2019

Time : 10:30 am

Memories

After a leisurely breakfast check out of hotel and transfer to Imphal International Airport (37 kms / 1.5 hours) for onward destinations. Please look to book a late afternoon or evening flight out of Imphal. You have an option of visiting a few retail outlets in Imphal or the Sadu Chiru waterfalls en route to Imphal.
  1. Accommodation in double/twin bedroom. For single room supplement charges please write to us.
    • Imphal: Classic Grande
    • Moirang: Sendra Park and Resort by The Classic
  2. Breakfast on all days. Lunch on all days from Day 1 to Day 4
  3. All transfer by Suzuki Ertiga (4 pax + driver per car)
  4. Local English speaking guide for all days.
  5. Boating at Loktak lake with life jacket.
  6. Drinking water in the cars during transfers.
  7. Entry fees for Kangla, National park, Sadu Chiru waterfalls, museums as mentioned in the itinerary and 2 day entry fee for the Sangai festival.
  1. Dinner
  2. Airfare to and from Imphal
  3. Tips, porter charges, camera fee, laundry etc
  4. Drinks and snacks other than those mentioned.
  5. Any personal expenses.
  6. Any other activity that is not mentioned in the itinerary
  7. Boat ride inside the sanctuary.
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  • start: Saturday November 23, 2019
    end: Wednesday November 27, 2019
    Group Size: 9 pax
    price: 39,000.00 /Person

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Since it is a limited number of travellers and we do have fixed costs, there is a cancellation charge.

If you cancel your booking 45 days prior to departure date, you will be charged 12% of your total booking amount.
If you cancel your booking 10 days prior to departure date, a 40% fee will be deducted from your advance payment.
Cancellation with less than 10 days from date of departure will be charged at 60% of your total booking amount.

Costs have been calculated on 8 adults traveling on twin sharing basis. It will change depending on the number of people travelling and mode of transport if you wish to change it.

Yes, we do. The additional cost is to cover expenditure incurred for permits and entry fees that are higher for non-Indian travellers.

Yes. Clients must be insured to cover the costs of medical emergencies/ expenses incurred due to weather conditions, prevailing road conditions, political situations, natural calamities, change in flight schedule, mechanical malfunction, or any such unanticipated events or any acts of God.

In Imphal, the major restaurants, hotel and shops will accept credit cards but elsewhere you will need cash for transaction.

The weather will be pleasant during the day and cold at night. Carry at least one warm jacket and a scarf.

There might be a few mild showers so carry a waterproof jacket and good sturdy walking shoes are a must.

Sun screen, sun glasses, insect repellent, a cap and a pair of binoculars are recommended.

A valid photo Id (Aadhar card, Voter's Id or driving license. Passport with valid visa for foreign passport holders).

Carry cell phone and camera chargers.

In Imphal, the major restaurants, hotel and shops will accept credit cards but elsewhere you will need cash for transaction.

Carry basic medicines and any medication that you might be using.

Yes. A good selection of locally sourced vegetables will be provided.

Road conditions are unpredictable in this region and could be under repair. Re-routing or itinerary changes can be made by the guide. Also, there will be short distances of dirt road between villages.

Accommodation has been planned in a comfortable 4-star hotel in Imphal. In Moirang, you will stay at a standard, comfortable resort overlooking the lake.

Access to medical facilities is available in all locations.

Tips: hotel staff for a 3 night stay Rs. 200 – Rs. 250/- and driver for a week Rs. 1000 – 1500/-.
Restaurant: a meal for 4 ( Rs. 2500 to 8000/-).

November is the start of the winter season. Day time is very pleasant. You will need a cap or scarf to protect you from the sun and may require a light jacket. The evenings can be a bit nippy so carry a warmer jacket or a thick shawl for the evenings.

Yes. The hotel in Imphal will provide Wi-Fi access on their premises but for elsewhere please carry your Wi-Fi hotspot or dongle. Some places you may not have access to Wi-Fi.