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Manipur, which also has alternative names like Meeteileipak is one of the seven sister states of northeast India. Although Manipur is a small state, it enjoys abundant natural beauty. You will be greeted by pleasant climate and lush greenery. The state is known as the Switzerland of the East. The rolling mountains and rich history make the place an interesting tourist destination. (ALSO SEE 14 mind blowing photos of Shillong that will inspire you to travel!) The unique culture of Manipur includes martial arts,theater and dance. The land is also home to some of the rare plant and animal species. The floating island of Loktak Lake, the rare Sangai (Brow-antlered deer) and Shirui Lily plant are some of the wonders that await you there. The Dzükou Valley located in Senapati district is one of the must-visit places. Other tourist attractions include the sacred Kaina hillock, Govindajee temple and INA Museum. Here are some photos of Manipur that will inspire you to explore this magical land. Also Read - 'Extend Lockdown Period Till April 30 to Contain COVID-19,' CAIT Writes to Centre

1. The floating island Loktak lake

Loktak Lake

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2. The Ima market, which is run by women of Manipur

Women's market

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3. The Kangla Fort

Kangla fort

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4. The Singda dam is surrounded by paddy fields


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5. The pristine Dzükou Valley

The Dzukou Valley

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6. You will find different types of orchids at Khonghampat Orchidarium


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7. Find peace at Ukhral


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8. Imagine spending time near this lake

9. A small waterfall

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10. Sigh!

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