The beautiful capital city nestles in the heart of an oval valley and is surrounded by lush hills. Nongmaijing hills in the east and the Langjol in the west can be seen from any point in the city. The two rivers Imphal and Nambul flow through the town further enhancing its beauty. Imphal gets its name from Yumpham (homestead) and is thought to be founded in 3rd century BC, making it one of the oldest state capitals in the country.

Places to visit around the Imphal city :

Second World War Cemetery : Commemorating the memories of the British and Indian soldiers who died during the World War II, these War Cemeteries are managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Serene and well maintained, the War Cemetery carries little stone markers and bronze plaques recording the sacrifice of those gallant soldiers.

Shaheed Minar : The indomitable spirit of the patriotic Meitei and tribal martyrs, who sacrificed their lives while fighting the British in 1891, is commemorated by this tall Minar at Bir Tikendrajit Park in the heart of Imphal city.

Khwairamband Bazar/ Ima Market : A unique all women's market, having 3,000 or more "Imas" or mothers who run the stalls. It is split into two sections on either side of a road. Vegetables, fruit, fish and household groceries are sold on one side and exquisite handlooms and household tools on the other making it the largest of its kind in Asia.

Kangla Fort : The centre of Manipur's power till 1891, the historical embodiment of the Manipuri Rulers, Kangla holds a significant place in the hearts and minds of and the people of Manipur .Govindajee temple, outer and inner moat and other relics seen here are perfect reflections of the rich art and culture of Manipur and her civilization.

Manipur State Museum : It is located near the Polo Ground and has a good collection of artifacts.

Shree Shree Govindajee Temple : This is one of the most beautiful Vaishnavite temples in Manipur. Noted features of the temple include twin gold domes, a paved courtyard and a huge congregation hall. The presiding deity, Radha-Krishna is placed in the centre of the temple and is carved out of a jackfruit tree. Flanked by the shrines of Balarama and Krishna on one side and Jagannatha, Balabhadra and Subhadra on the other, this temple is the hub of activities during the festive season.