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Area : 22,327 sq. kms.
Population : (as per 1991 census) 18,37,149
Languages : Manipuri, Hindi, English.
Capital : Imphal
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Manipur is Mother Natures gift to mankind. The main language is Manipuri (also known as Meetei Lon). One can find a variety of Orchids and Lily in the state. There are 500 varieties of orchids of which 472 have been identified. Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru paid a fitting tribute by describing it as "Jewel of India". Having a varied and proud history from the earliest times, Manipur came under the British Rule as a Princely State after the defeat in the Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891. After independence of India in 1947, the Princely State of Manipur was merged in the Indian Union on October 15,1949 and became a full-fledged State of India on the 21th January, 1972.

This is the place where Rajarsee Bhagyachandra created the famous Ras Lila, the classical dance of Manipur, out of his enchanting dream by the grace of Lord Krishna. Her folk dances reveal the mythological concept of creation of Manipur.

The people of Manipur include Meitei, Naga, Meitei Pangal and other colourful communities which have lived together in complete harmony for centuries. Theses are the people whose folklore, myths & legends, dances, indigenous games and martial arts, exotic handlooms & handicrafts are infested with the mystique of nature.

It is bound by Nagaland in the north, Mizoram in the south, Upper Mayanmar in the east and Cachar district of Assam in the west. People include the Meities, Nagas, Kukis and other communities, which have lived in complete harmony for centuries. These are the people whose folklore, myths, dances, martial arts, and exotic handicrafts are infested with the mystique of nature. Its capital, Imphal is the only plain area. Imphal is surrounded by hills on all the sides.

Almost 67% of the geographical area of Manipur is hill tract covered forests. Depending on the altitude of hill ranges, the climatic condition varies from tropical to sub-alpine. The wet forests and the pine forests occur between 900-2700 m above MSL and they together sustain a host of rare and endemic plant and animal life.

One can also witness Ukhrul, the Hoolock Gibbon, the Sloe Loris, the Clauded Leopard, the Spotted Linshang, Mrs. Hume's Barbacked Pheasant, Blyths Tragopan, Burmese Pea-Fowl, four different species of Hornbills etc. The most unique of these is the Sangai the dancing deer. The floating mass of vegetation on the Loktak Lake sustains small herds of this endemic deer which unfortunately has the dubious distinction of being the most threatened Cervid (known as Phumdi) in the World. Other mentionable fauna is Salamander known as 'Lengwa' found at the foothill of Siroi in Ukhrul.

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