An annual event which borrowed it’s name from the State animal, ‘Sangai’ which is brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur, the “Manipur Sangai Festival” will be celebrated in a jovial atmosphere from 24th to 30th November, 2019. Since it’s inception in the year 2010, it is growing year by year converting into a big platform for Manipur to showcase its rich traditions and culture to the world. This state government supported festival is considered as the grandest festival of the Manipur.
Manipur is a very beautiful state in the cluster of ‘Seven Sisters States’ of India, sharing it’s boundaries with Myanmar, Nagaland, Mizoram and Assam. Apart from abundant natural beauty, this small state is also very rich in art and culture, hand-looms, handicrafts and fine arts, indigenous sports, cuisines, eco and adventure sports, music, dance etc. This week long Sangai Festival hosts a lot many cultural and sporting events. One unique thing about the festival is it’s participants. Mostly in other festivals, the participants are locals to the region whereas in this festival, they belong to over 20 countries like Bhutan, Cambodia, Egypt, Haiti, Japan, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Russia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, U.A.E., Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Australia, USA, Thailand, England etc.
The Sangai Festival will have many attractions like national & international cultural shows, entertainment programmes that include fashion shows, photo exhibitions, musical nights, flower show, traditional games like Manipur’s famous martial arts- Thang Ta (a combination of Spear & Sword skills), Yubi-Lakpi (a game played with greased coconut like rugby), Mukna Kangjei (a game that combines hockey and wrestling), and Sagol Kangjei- Modern Polo, will all form part of the festival. Besides, there will be number of adventure tourism activities that one can indulge in while visiting the state. Adventure sports activities like trekking, white water rafting and parasailing etc. will also form a major part of the festival.
For shopaholic and foodie tourists’ delight, over 800 food, hand-loom, handicrafts and other exhibition stalls will be ready to cater at 5 different venues.
How to Reach:
Imphal could be most conveniently reached by air. Bir Tikendrajit International Airport (IMF) is the second largest and second busiest airport in the northeast after Guwahati Airport in Assam. Located 7 km. south of Imphal, the capital of Manipur, it receives regular flights from Delhi (DEL), Kolkata (CCU), Bengaluru (BLR), Guwahati (GAU) and Agartala (IXA). Alternatively, it can be reached by taxi from Dimapur, which is the nearest railway station at a distance of 206 km.
Where to Stay:
Imphal is the capital city of Manipur so a number of good options are available. Imphal by The Classic is a very good option. Classic Grande, Sangai Continental, The Classic Hotel are some other good hotels, Youth Hostel Nirmala might be a choice for students or solo travellers.
What and where to Eat:
Plenty of restaurants, cafes, hotels, street food stalls are there in Imphal serving local, Thai, Korean, Continental and Chinese cuisines. Laxmi Kitchen at Wahengbam Leikai Road might be a choice for vegetarians and vegans. Forage at 2nd Floor, Kok Sam Lai Building, DM College Road, Thangmeiband is good for small groups. Rita Cafe, Michelle’s Sweet Temptation, Naoba’s Chakhumang at Rims Road, Char-koal Restaurant are some other names available for carving your temptation for tasty foods.