Trivia: The Sangai Festival is named after the State animal, the Sangai, the brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur.
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As you glide past the phumdis (floating islands) on Loktak lake, the largest freshwater body in Northeast India, there’s a sense of unparalleled serenity. A leisurely lunch on a floating homestay in the middle of the lake with just blue skies and frolicking water fowl for company is an image that’ll linger long after your holiday ends.

Why travel with a local?
Manipur is the land of the unexpected and to go beyond just ticking the tourist spots you need a local who is knowledgeable about the place and its history. As you walk among the ruins of the ancient Kangla fort, your local travel partner will regale you with tales of intrigue about kings and warriors who withstood many centuries of invasion by the Burmese, British and Japanese. In the courtyard of the 18th century Sri Govindaji temple, it’s easy to imagine the first performance of Ras Leela – dancers dressed in colourful potlois (bucket-shaped skirts), their faces covered with gossamer veils dancing under a moonlit sky. You will also be able to catch a performance at the state-run cultural fest, Sangai Festival.

Then there’s the thrill of witnessing a fast-paced game of polo in the land where it originated many centuries ago. Or the joy of catching a glimpse of the sangai or dancing deer only found in Manipur. A taste of traditional Manipuri food at our favourite stall at the Sangai festival is your window to a new cuisine as your local travel partner orders dishes to tease your palette. From the spicy Singju (a crunchy salad of cabbage, lotus stem and local greens in king chilli-sesame chutney) to the nutty-flavoured black rice kheer and much, much more. Shop at a 16th century market, Ima Keithel,where your travel partner will help you negotiate and interact with village artisans to bring back not just souvenirs but precious memories.

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Day 1

Date : November 23, 2019

Time : 1:00 pm

Imphal

Arrive at Imphal International Airport by late morning or afternoon. (We will inform you which are the best flights to book). You will be greeted by our local guide and then taken 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 of 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 some of the local cuisine for dinner while you are there. Carry cash for shopping and food.

Day 2

Date : November 24, 2019

Time : 8:30 am

Imphal

Morning start the day with a visit to Kangla fort, 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. For lunch Visit one of the more popular restaurants here. Then 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 leisure in the hotel 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 km / 1.5 hours). En route visit the Japanese war memorial and the INA museum. Check into your hotel and refresh. In the evening your guide will take you go for a walk around the lake to take in the gorgeous views of the sunset and life in the small fishing villages. Spend the evening at leisure in the hotel.

Day 4

Date : November 26, 2019

Time : 9:30 am

Moirang

In the morning, set out to explore the local sights of Imphal. Start with a boat ride on the Loktak lake and watch the fishermen cast their nets. Explore a floating Phumdis with a tiny hut 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. In the afternoon, you will 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 let you know the cost. This activity requires a minimum of 4-5 people. In the evening relax at the hotel and 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, you will be taken to Imphal International Airport (37 km / 1.5 hours) to catch your return / onward flights. Please book either a late afternoon or an 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.
  2. Breakfast on all days. Lunch on 2 days from Day 1 and on Day 4
  3. All transfer by Suzuki Ertiga (4 pax + driver per car)
  4. Local English speaking guide for 4 days.
  5. Boating at Loktak lake with life jacket and ferry ride to the national park.
  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. Airfare
  2. Tips, porter charges, camera fee, laundry etc
  3. Major meals except for breakfast and 2 lunches, Drinks and snacks
  4. Any personal expenses.
  5. Any other activity that is not mentioned in the itinerary
  6. Boat ride inside the sanctuary.
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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 40% of your total booking amount.
If you cancel your booking 10 days prior to departure date, a 60% fee will be deducted from your advance payment.
Cancellation with less than 10 days from date of departure will be charged at 100% of your total booking amount.

Costs have been calculated on 6-7 adults traveling on twin sharing basis and 6-8 children. 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.