Located southwest of Manipur (India), Churachandpur District covers an area of 4570 km². In fact, it is the largest district within the state of Manipur. The district mainly has hilly terrain except narrow strips of valley, locally known as Lamka. Lamka literally meaning “Converging Roads”.
Churchandpur is one of the lesser known tourist spots in Manipur. The district is beautiful as it is surrounded by small hills and narrow valleys. It is a picturesque place to be as it remains well hidden from public view. Some of the tourist places to visit in Churachandpur include Arts and Handicrafts market, Khuga Dam, Ngaloi Falls, tribal museums and many more.
Arts & Handicrafts
One of the places to visit in Churachandpur is the Arts and Handicrafts market which is famous for its bamboo and wooden items. Tourists came here to marvel the items created by the local people which are put up for show as well as for sale. It is a best place to go for a stroll and purchase few items.
Another tourist place in Churachandpur is the Khuga Dam which was built with the purpose of generating electricity and providing water in the region. The dam is built over an artificial lake and is popular picnic spot among tourists.
Another place to visit in Churachandpur is the Ngaloi Falls. Tourists can enjoy a peaceful trip to the nearby village and be amazed by the waterfalls. You can spend hours watching the tranquil falls cascade down the rocks. The gushing sound of the water, the pleasantly beautiful location makes Ngaloi Falls peaceful.
Located in the town are two Tribal Museums which gives a glimpse into the history of Manipur and the lifestyle of the people staying here. The museum has a large collection of tribal art and artifacts which have been collected from different parts of the state. These include the tools used by the people in the everyday lives, models of traditional huts and traditional attire of the tribal in Manipur. You will also see the weapons which were used by the tribal in the past for hunting and defending themselves from others.
How to Reach-By Air
Churachandpur doesn’t have any airport, and the nearest airhead is in Imphal, 59 km away. Daily flights to Imphal are available from Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.
How to Reach-By Train
Since Manipur doesn’t have any significant railway presence apart from the narrow gauge railway station at Jiribam, tourists seeking to board trains to reach Churachandpur will have to travel to Dimapur first. Dimapur is 174 km away from this district headquarters.
How to Reach-By Road
The National Highway 150 also known as the Tedim Road connects Churachandpur to Imphal. This road serves as the lifeline to the town and subsequently to the district. Tourists can travel on state
The town is inhabited by a number of communities such as Paite, Thadou, Hmar, Vaiphei, Lusei, Zou, etc. These communities mainly belong to the Kuki-Mizo-Zomi groups of the Tibeto-Burman family. A significant number of Meitei and other communities also lives in the town. Even though the town has no language which can be called as the 'lingua-franca', Paite language is the most commonly used language within the town. True to its name, Lamka is the convergence point of the Tedim road and Tipaimukh road; forming part of National Highway 150, connects Manipur with neighbouring Mizoram.