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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.  As will a day’s visit to a small market town in Burma which is situated just across the border from Moreh in Manipur.

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, visit the only floating sanctuary in India and then drive to the border. Get a day’s entry visa and explore a small market town in Burma. Accommodation will be AC deluxe rooms at The Classic Hotel situated in Imphal.

 

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.

There is an additional charge of INR 3000/- for foreign passport holder to cover additional charges for permits etc.

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.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Date : November 23, 2018

Time : 1:00 pm

Imphal

Arrive at Imphal 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 freshen up. Lunch will be arranged at the hotel. Early evening visits have been planned for the Sangai festival venue to participate in the activities. We recommend you try the local cuisine for dinner there.

Day 2

Date : November 24, 2018

Time : 8:30 am

Moirang - Imphal

After an early breakfast drive to Moirang (45Km/ 1.30hrs.). Visit the Japanese war memorial and the INA museum. Then go for a boat ride at Loktak lake. Have lunch at Sendra Park and Resort overlooking the lake. Visit Keibul Lamjao national park and Sadu Chiru waterfalls. Drive back to Imphal and late evening visit the festival grounds to watch a few more performances.

Day 3

Date : November 25, 2018

Time : 7:30 am

Moreh – Tamu town( Burma) – Imphal

After an early breakfast drive to Indo-Myanmar border town of Moreh (107.8Km/ 3.06 hrs.). Here the guide will assist to get a day visa for the group. Then you can enter Burma at Tamu town and visit Nanphalong market. Spend an hour or so exploring the small village and the market place, have lunch there and then head back to India or rather Imphal. Dinner at hotel.

Day 4

Date : November 26, 2018

Time : 9:30 am

Imphal

After a leisurely breakfast set out to explore the local Sights of Imphal. Start with RKCS Art Gallery, a wonderful private gallery with stunning canvases that visually depicts the history of the state. Then proceed to 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 architectures. 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 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 those who wish can visit the festival grounds.

Day 5

Date : November 27, 2018

Time : 11:15 am

Imphal airport - onward destination

After a leisurely breakfast check out of hotel and transfer to Airport for onward destinations. Most flights out of Imphal depart late morning or afternoon. (We will inform you which are the best flights to book)
  • All accommodation and breakfast.
  • Meals on Day 1,2 & 4 lunch and dinner on Day 3.
  • All transfer by Suzuki Ertiga (4 pax + driver per car)
  • Local English speaking guide for all days.
  • Entry fees and permits for Border *
  • Boating at Loktak lake with life jacket.
  • Drinking water in the cars during transfers.
  • Entry fees for Kangla, National park, Sadu Chiru waterfalls, museums as mentioned in the itinerary and 2 day entry fee for the Sangai festival.
  • Permits to cross the border is given only to Indian passport holders
  • Lunch or dinner that are not mentioned in the above “ includes” section
  • Airfare to and from Imphal
  • Tips, porter charges, camera fee, laundry etc
  • Drinks and snacks other than those mentioned.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Any other activity that is not mentioned in the itinerary
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  • start: Friday November 23, 2018
    end: Tuesday November 27, 2018
    Group Size: 12 pax
    price: ₹ 36.500 /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 35% fee will be deducted from your advance payment. • Cancellation with less than 10 days from date of departure will be charged at 55% of your total booking amount.

Yes, a good selection of locally sourced vegetables will be provided.

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 slight bit nippy so a warmer jacket or thick shawl for the evenings.

Yes. the hotel provides Wi-Fi access in their premise.

The hotel will accept credit card but elsewhere i.e. the local markets, food stalls and performance venues will only accept cash. ATM outlets are available in the main towns of Manipur.

Yes, we do. The additional cost includes expenditure incurred for permits and other paper work that Indian traveler does not require.

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.