The principal attraction of the state is the Loktak Lake in Bishnupur District which is 48 km from Imphal City and it is the largest fresh water lake in the North-East. It is a beautiful stretch of water resembling a miniature inland sea. A day spent at Loktak Lake leaves a lifetime of memories. Visitors can catch a bird's eye view of the lake from Sendra. Fishermen living in floating islands called Phumdis and in floating huts known as Phumsangs are a unique sight of this lake. The Sendra Tourist Home with an attached Cafeteria is a sought after tourist spot. Boating and other water sports are organised here at the Takmu Water Sports Complex.
This State Museum near the Polo Ground has a good collection and display of Manipur's tribal heritage and a collection of portraits of Manipur's former rulers. Particularly interesting items are costumes, arms and ammunition, relics and historical documents. Besides the conservation of archaeological discoveries, the museum also conducts various exhibitions, cultural and awareness programs. Its sole purpose is to turn the museum into an interactive tourist attraction of Imphal.
This Museum, a cultural complex is at Andro village, about 26 km from the capital. Here artifacts of the State and from all over the North-East are housed, such as a pottery collection, rare coins, rare manuscripts of the state, paintings, basketries, bell metals, jewelleries, wood carvings etc. There are exact replicas of the houses from different tribes and groups of the state, like Poumai, Kabui, Meitei, Kuki, Tangkhul etc.
Manipur is well-known for its craftsmanship, inventiveness and colourfulness. It beautiful floral designs, cotton and silk sarees, Lanshingphee blankets and shawls are available in various shades, patterns and weaves. Its popular bazaars are exhibits of artistic handicrafts made from bamboos, decorative ivory, papier mache products make for interesting home decor and gift items.
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