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Of classical dances, lakes and famed markets
Manipur which literally means the ‘jewelled land’ is flanked by Nagaland in the north, Mizoram in the south and Assam in the west. In the east, lies Burma sharing the common international border with Manipur. The capital of Manipur, Imphal lies in the valley, and only 45 kilometres away in the town of Moirang floats the famous Loktak lake and on it floats the surreal 'phumdis'. The Meitei people synonymous with the term Manipuris, speaking the language(Meitei) which is spoken across the state, are the traditional inhabitants of the valley.
The intrigue offered by the jewelled land, or Manipur, as we call it, arises from many aspects starting from the distinction of being the place where Polo originated to being home to the only floating national park in the world - Keibul Lamjao. Manipur has a very interesting ethnic mix with of the majority Meitei population residing in the valley and numerous tribes occupying the hills of the state.
Khwairamband Bazar popularly known as ‘Ima Keithel’ or ‘Ima market’ in Imphal is famous for being the only commercial market run by women. The handicrafts and Manipuri dresses like the ‘potlois’ ‘phanek’ and ‘inafi’ are the major attractions of this market which are worn by women.