Chandel

Chandel, also known as Lamka is tiny, but a scenic district in the North-Eastern state of Manipur.

Updated: June 21, 2020

Chandel, also known as Lamka is tiny, but a scenic district in the North-Eastern state of Manipur. It lies about 64 kms away from Imphal, with NH-39 passing through. As it is situated along the lines of the international border separating India and Myanmar, it is known as Gateway to Myanmar. 

Being home to more than 20 native tribes, Chandel is a wisp of culture and traditions. Each tribe offers a unique identity to the area, where colours of their cultures are blown out in all directions. Travelers visiting Chandel can experience the alluring art forms along with sprightly music and dance. 

The numerous tribes that find habitat here give the cultural definition to this town. Apart from being home to a large number of plant and animal species, Chandel is known for its numerous varieties of Orchid, several Ornamental plants, and some very useful medicinal plants. Chandel now has four subdivisions namely Chandel Town, Tengnoupal, Chakpikarong, and Machi.

Tengnoupal is a tourist spots in the area, which is the highest point on the way from India to Myanmar and can offer some of the most stunning sceneries and views.

The hilly town of Tengnoupal is located 69 kms from Imphal and 20 kms from Chandel town. The main tourist spot here is Tengnoupal which provides a bird's eye view of the entire valley of Manipur, from an altitude of 2,500 to 10,000 feet. It is the highest point from where the entire state of Manipur can be observed, including lush and deep valleys.

It houses many lakes and tourists comes here for enjoying moments of solace and silence amidst nature. Rivers Barak and Manipur flow through the town, traversing North to South.

Yangoupokpi - Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 185 sq km and is home to multiple species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians as well as fish that was founded in the year 1989. This sanctuary is one the nine identified Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Manipur. The IBA is of critical importance for environmental conservationists and bird watchers as it is the only place where the endangered Green Peafowl can still be sighted. It is also one of those rare forests where communities of people lives. Presently the sanctuary include seven forest villages and  the villagers are dependent on the natural resources of the forest for their livelihood. The sanctuary is located at the India-Myanmar border, housing a mix of riverian and terrestrial ecosystems. 

Moreh is a strategically important town, located at the Indo-Myanmar border 70 kms away from the Chandel town. It is a sizable commercial hub in North-Eastern India, bringing in traders from all over the country for cross-border trade.

Imphal is 110 km away from Chandel and one can easily plan a trip to Imphal from here. With a visa for Myanmar, visitors can go over the border to Tamu, the trade-centre of Myanmar.  Moreh is also popular for its shopping arcade at Namphanglong, which sells Chinese and Thai goods. As the goods are available at cheap prices, the place is known as poor man's Bangkok national stadium shopping arcade. 

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