Day 1: Imphal to Ukhrul 88 kms; 3 hours
Pickup from Imphal airport whence we commence our journey to the Jewelled land. Drive to the hill town of Ukhrul, home to the Tangkhul Nagas. O/n at a Guesthouse
Day 2: Ukhrul
Today we set out to explore the colorful culture of the Tangkhul Nagas, one of the major Naga tribes residing in Manipur. Our drive to Sihai village passes through jaw dropping landscapes of green. The village still has some traditional houses in the backdrop of some stunning landscapes. From here drive to Longpi, famous throughout the world for its stunning black pottery. A local artist will give us a demonstration on how the pots and cups are made , followed by a traditional lunch cooked in these pots. By evening drive back to Ukhrul . O/n at a Guesthouse
Day 3: Ukhrul to Loktak 134 kms; 4.5 hours
Today we drive down to Loktak, the largest fresh water lake in India. This 350 sq. kilometer lake is mainly drained by the Manipur river along with seven of its tributaries. The unique feature of this lake is the floating mass of land called “Phumdis” on which there is human and faunal habitation . We will be staying on one of the phumdis, providing a unique experience and understanding of the lake. Before reaching the lake visit Sendra hill offering panoramic top views of Loktak. O/n at homestay
Day 4: Loktak to Moreh
In the morning visit Keibul Lamjao National park, home to the endangered Sangai deer. From here drive to Tengnoupal , the highest point in the Indo-Myanmar road . After a short lunch break continue on towards the border town of Moreh. In the evening walk around the bustling Moreh market. O/n at Hotel Elora
Day 5: Moreh to Imphal
In the morning drive to Kwatha village inhabited by the Meiti community. Learn how a small community of Meiti people settled in these hills, while walking through the picturesque forest village. To get a feel of the forest we will go for a short walk down to the river which feeds the village. After a simple lunch drive on to Imphal. O/n at The Giving Tree or similar
Day 6: Imphal
In the morning drive to Phayeng, one of the only villages in Manipur to have a sacred grove. Walk through the sacred grove , enjoying the bounty of nature. Phayeng is also one of the few villages which practice the traditional Sanamahi religion.
Continue on to Kangla fort, once the epicentre
of power of the Manipuri rajas. Explore the complex on foot , learning about the history of Manipuri kings and the culture of Sanamahism. From here move on to the vibrant Ema market, run primarily by women . A walk through the market will give us a good idea about the diversity and culture of the local Meiti people.
In the evening enjoy a cultural performance of various Manipuri dance forms, many of which are world renowned. O/n at The Giving Tree or similar
Day 7: Imphal
Early in the morning go for a hike to Punsholik hill, absorbing the grandeur of nature. This once barren hill was been lovingly brought back to life by Loiya Ngamba who has been replanting trees since the past 20 years, converting this 300 acre landscape into a verdant paradise.
Later drive to the village of Andro, via a scenic road offering picturesque views of the countryside. It is an indigenous Meiti village where people still follow the ancient religion of Sanamahism . The village is also famous for its unique form of pottery . You will walk through the village to learn about the indigenous culture and tradition of the people. Thereafter take a refreshing walk in the Santhei Nature Park. By evening drive back to Imphal. O/n at The Giving Tree or similar
Day 8: Imphal
After breakfast drop to Imphal airport