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Kartarpur Corridor Connecting Dera Baba Nanak to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib

Kartarpur Corridor was opened in November 2019. Kartarpur Corridor is a border corridor between India and Pakistan which connects holy Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib in India with Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. Up to a maximum of 5000 visitors can use the corridor every day.
Kartarpur Guru Nanak

Gurdwara Darbar Kartarpur Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan.

Dera Baba Nanak is one of the most sacred Sikh places, on the banks of river Ravi in India. Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Saint came here.

Gurdwara Darbar Sahib is in Pakistan, where Guru Nanak spent his last few years. Tahli Sahib (Gurudwara of BaBa Sri Chand ji, the eldest son of Guru Nanak is also situated here.

Guru Nanak is claimed as a saint by Muslims as well, after his death in 1539.

The corridor is a long pending demand of the Sikh devotees from India to visit the Gurdwara in Kartarpur. This holy Gurdwara is at a distance of around 4.5 kilometers (2.9 miles) from the Pakistan-India border. It was first proposed in early 1999 by the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan. It took 20 long years for the proposal to finally make a realty. Indian and Pakistani Prime Misters have officially inaugurated the corridor on their territories in November 2019.

This holy shrine was not taken care of by anybody after the India – Pakistan partition in 1947. India could do little as it was in Pakistani territory. India did try to raise the issue many a time with Pakistan, in futile. Land swapping idea also failed, as it was against the partition agreement.

In 2000 end or 2001, the caretaker of the gurdwara, Gobind Singh, has said that the gurdwara had “remained shut from 1947 to 2000”! Following this Pakistan took an interest in its opening.

What is the Procedure to use Kartarpur Corridor to Visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib?

To use this corridor from India, Indians need to register four days in advance with the Central Home ministry, through their website. Once your application is approved, you will be informed via email and SMS.

Documents for visiting the Holy Gurdwara Darbar Sahib

Visa is not required for Indians. However, a passport is required for identity purposes.

Entry Fee for using the Kartarpur Corridor

Even though there was some confusion about the entry fee, it now seems to be fixed at US Dollars 20 per visitor (US Dollars Twenty).

How to Go through the Kartarpur Corridor

You need to go to the newly constructed bus terminus at Kartarpur. There are frequent bus services to the holy shrine.

It takes about 20 minutes of journey from the border bus terminus in the Indian town, near the India-Pakistan border at Kartarpur. The bus terminus is spread in around 15 acres of land.

Visitors need to return on the same day. You are not allowed to visit any other place than the holy shrines.

 

 

Rock-cut Jain temple called Arivarkovil or Arivar Temple at Sittannavasal

Rock-cut Jain temple called Arivarkovil or Arivar Temple  alias Temple of the Arhats is situated at Sittannavasal near Trichy in Tamilnadu. It was built during the region of  Pallava King Mahendravarman I (580–630 AD). The temple was renovated during the reign of the Pandya kings, in between AD 654 and AD 670. This temple is rich in sculptures and mural paintings. This caves is believed to be in use from second century AD.

Three rock cut sculptures of Jain Tirthankaras inside the Sanctum at Sittannavasal
Three rock cut sculptures of Jain Tirthankaras inside the Sanctum at Sittannavasal

Rock-cut Jaina temple at Sittannavasal is believed to be built during the  reign of Pandya Dynasty rulers Maran Sendan (AD 654- 670) and Arikesari Maravarman (AD 670-700). Arikesari Maravarman  was a Jain, before being converted to a Hindu.

You need to climb around 100 steps or so to reach this rock cut cave temple. Within the hall, there are rock cut sculptures of Jain Tirthankara Parsvanatha in seated in meditation pose with a five hooded serpent above his head. There is also another rock cut sculpture of a saint seated in meditation pose  under an umbrella. Behind this sculpture, there is an inscription which reads as Tiruvasiriyan (great teacher).

In the sanctum area of Arivarkovil or Arivar kovil, three rock cut sculptures of Jain Tirthankaras can be seen.

Temple of the Arhats has many mural paintings made with vegetable and mineral dyes. The theme of the paintings is Samavasarana, one among the Jain heavens. A large tank with full of lotus flowers is painted on the tiles. Elephants, goose, buffaloes and fishes  are also painted here (each symbol represent different tirthankara).

Rock-cut Jain temple at Sittannavasal figures are related to the time of Pandya king Srimara Srivallabha. You can also see the  sculpture of the queen (wife of PandyaKing Srimara Srivallabha) paying respects to a famous saint from Madurai, Ilam Gautaman.

The name Sittannavasal  is derived from Sit-tan-na-va-yil, which means “the abode of great saints” in the local language, Tamil.

How Do I Go to Arivarkovil at Sittannavasal?

Pudukkottai is the nearest major town, at around 16 kilometers distance from the Arivar kovil.

Arivarkovil  is at a distance of around 58 kilometers from Thiruchirapally alias Trichy, a major town in the state of Tamilnadu.

There is an Entrance Fee of Rupees 25 to be paid for Indians and SAARC citizens. Others, need to pay an entry fee of Rupees 300.  Children up to the age of 15 need not buy entry tickets.

Daria Daulat Bagh or Garden of the Sea of Wealth – Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace

Daria Daulat Bagh which means ‘Garden of the Sea of Wealth’ is a palace made mostly of teak-wood at Srirangapatna. This palace was the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan. This palace was built by Tipu Sultan in 1784. He ruled Mysore Kingdom from here and Lal Mahal, the main palace. There is a beautiful garden around the palace.

Daria Daulat Bagh or Garden of the Sea of WealthDaria Daulat Bagh or Garden of the Sea of Wealth

Daria Daulat Bagh palace is made in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. It stands on a raised platform in rectangular shape. Open corridors are there on the four sides of the palace. Mysore paintings adds to the beauty of the arches, canopies, pillars and walls of the palace. Battle scenes and portraits can be found on the outer walls.  On the western wall, you can find the painting that depicts the victory of Haider Ali and his son Tippu Sultan over the East India Company in the Battle of Pollilur near Kanchipuram in 1780.

Srirangapatna and Mysore princely state

Srirangapatna was the capital of erstwhile Mysore princely state for a few decades (1760 to 1799), in the second half of the 18th century, under Haider Ali and his son Tipu Sultan. Haider Ali was the the commanders-in-chief of Wodeyars. Haider Ali made himself as the de-facto ruler of Mysore. Wodeyars, the then Kings of Mysore, were unable to do anything much against this. Haider Ali and his son Tipu Sultan fought many wars with other neighboring kingdoms and were successful in adding new areas to their kingdom.

This city is the place where the “Battle of Seringapatam” was unfolded between Tipu Sultan on one side and the combined forces of Nizam of Hyderabad along with the East India Company, on the other side. Tipu Sultan or the “Tiger of Mysore” was killed in this battle.

Kingdom of Mysore was one of the largest kingdoms in India, even after the death of Tipu sultan. Wodeyars took back the control of their lost kingdom and ruled the kingdom till the middle of the last century, until it became part of India.

Near to the Garden of the Sea of Wealth palace, you can find the fort ruins. It is inside this fort that Tipu Sultan was killed. Tipu Sultan was believed to be betrayed by one of his confidants. There is a memorial at the spot where Tipu Sultan was killed.

Lal Mahal Palace ruins can also be seen  inside the fort premises.

Looting of Tipu Sultan’s Wealth and other Items

All of Tipu Sultan’s  wealth and even his personal belongings were looted after his death and many found its way to Britain. Victoria and Albert Museum and British Royal Collection contains many of those looted items.

Some of those looted royal belongings of Tipu sultan found its way back to India after legal battles and some others at auctions.  Tipu’s sword has been acquired by Vijay Mallya, in the last decade or so in an auction. The current location of this sword is not revealed publicly.

A UK court was told that Vijay Mallya ‘gave away’ Tipu Sultan’s sword, as it was bringing him bad luck.

Sahebzada Mansoor Ali Tipu, the seventh-generation successor of Tipu Sultan, claimed that the family has tried to purchase it from Mallya.

Tipu Sultan Museum

There is a small museum called Tipu Sultan Museum, on the top floor of the Daria Daulat Palace. It has a fairly good collection of Tipu memorabilia, paintings and Persian manuscripts.

Storming of Srirangapattanam“, which depicts the final fall of Tipu Sultan on 4 May 1799, is there in the museum. It is an oil painting by Sir Robert Ker Porter, painted in the year 1800.

Gumbaz at Srirangapatna (Mausoleum or Tomb of Hyder Ali and Tipu)

Mausoleum or Gumbaz at Srirangapatna contains the tombs of the Royals like Tipu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali. It also contains the grave of tipu Sultan’s mother, Fakr-Un-Nisa. It is situated at the center of a landscaped garden.

Ranganathaswamy temple

Ranganathaswamy temple is a ninth century world famous temple in the city. It is a Vaishnavite pilgrimage center.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Applciation

Many of the historic monuments inside the city of Srirangapatna has been nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the application is pending.

How Do I Go to Daria Daulat Bagh?

Daria Daulat Bagh is situated at Shrirangapattana, an island town at around 14 kilometers from Mysore city.  (Mysore was renamed as Mysuru, recently. ) The historic and religiously important Srirangapatna city is surrounded by the river Kaveri, a major river in South India. Srirangapatna is in the Mandya district.

Srirangapatna town is on the NH 275 (Bangalore – Mysore – Madikeri – Bantwal).

There are frequent train services  to this island town.

Mysore airport is the nearest airport to Srirangapatna town, at around 15 kilometers distance.

Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary & Tiger Reserve in Central India

Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary and Nagzira Tiger Reserve is spread across Bhandara and Gondia districts on the Eastern side of Maharashtra state in India. It is one of the top-rated Tiger reserves in India.

Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary and Nagzira Tiger Reserve
A tiger at Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary alias Nagzira Tiger Reserve

Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary is blessed with the beauty of nature. Its picturesque landscape attracts thousands of tourists and nature lovers to this sanctuary. It is also rich in flora and fauna.  This wildlife sanctuary is habitat to around 166 species of birds, 34 species of mammals, 36 species of reptiles and four species of amphibians. Many species of fish are also found in this wildlife sanctuary.  Indian tiger, Indian gaur, chital, panther, sambar,  barking deer, mouse Deer, wild boar, sloth bear, wild dogs, etc, are to name a few of the beasts of the jungle found in this wildlife sanctuary cum Tiger reserve.

It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1970. Nagzira Tiger Reserve has recently became part of Navegaon – Nagzira Tiger Reserve. Navegaon is a nearby wildlife sanctuary and tiger reserve.

Its boundary spans a length of 104.53 kilometers, out of which 29.60 kilometers is natural boundary like rivers and the remaining is man-made boundary.

There are five watch cabins and five watch towers inside this sanctuary. They offer safe view points to watch the beasts of the jungle.

State forest department provides accommodation on the banks of a lake, located in the middle of the wildlife sanctuary. There is no electric supply to this. Solar-powered lights are there.

How Do I Go to Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary and Nagzira Tiger Reserve?

Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary cum Tiger Reserve is under Nagpur  Forest Division of the Forest department. Forest range office is at Nagzira.

The entry gate to the wildlife sanctuary is situated at around 22 kilometers distance from Sakoli in Bhandara district. Sakoli is on the Mumbai – Kolkata National Highway number 53. Tirora is another nearby town in Gondia District. Both Sakoli and Tirora has bus connectivity to the wildlife sanctuary.

Bhandara district and Gondia district headquarters are located equidistant, at around 60 kilometers distance from the Tiger reserve.

Soundad railway station with station code SNV and Tirora railway station with station code TRO are the nearby railway stations, at around 20 kilometers distance from the Tiger reserve cum wild life sanctuary.

Gondia railway station with station code G (yes; it’s a single letter station code, which is very rare) and  Bhandara Road railway station with station code BRD, are the two nearest MAJOR railway stations to this wildlife sanctuary, at around 45 kilometers and 75 kilometers distance, respectively.

Nagpur airport is the nearest public airport, at around 120 kilometers distance from the Nagzira Tiger Reserve. There is a small airport for private aircraft at Gondia.

Buddha Park of Ravangla alias Tathagata Tsal of Himalayan Buddhist Circuit

Buddha Park of Ravangla alias Tathagata Tsal is a park which is famous for the 130 foot (40 meter) high statue of the Lord Gautama Buddha. It is  situated near to Rabong or Ravangla in Sikkim, India. Ravangla  is also written as Rawangla or Ravongla.

Large Gautama Buddha statue in Buddha Park of Ravangla, Sikkim

State of Lord Buddha at Ravongla

This park was opened in 2013. Consecration of the statue of Lord Buddha was done by his holy highness Tenzin Gyatso, the  14th Dalai Lamma,  on occasion of the 2550th birth anniversary of the Lord Shakyamuni Buddha or Siddhartha Gautama Buddha.

Rawangla Buddha Park is situated within the Rabong Monastery (or Rabong Gompa). It is a pilgrimage center for the Buddhists and part of the ‘Himalayan Buddhist Circuit’. Cho Djo lake is within the same complex.

Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount  Pandim, Mount Siniolchu and Mount  Kabru are some of the Himalayan mountain peaks which are visible from Ravangla.

Ralang Monastery or Ralang Gompa, a key Tibetan monastery, is at a distance of around 6 kilometers from Rawangla. Temporary campus of NIT (National Institute of Technology which was previously known as Regional Engineering College) is also situated in this small town.

Buddha Park of Ravangla

Buddha Park is at Rawangla town. This small town lies in between Pelling and Gangtok. Trekking trail path to Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary starts from here.

Buddha Park of Rawangla is at a distance of around 65 kilometers from Gangtok, the capital of the state of Sikkim, a state in India bordering China.

Siliguri, a major hill station town with railway station in West Bengal state, is at around 120 kilometers from Ravangla. Siliguri Town, Siliguri Junction and New Jalpaiguri are the three railway stations at Siliguri.

300 year old Narsinghgarh Fort and Palace

Narsinghgarh fort and palace was the official residence of the rulers of the erstwhile Narsinghgarh princely state. It is situated at Narsinghgarh town in Rajgarh district, Madhya Pradesh.

Narsinghgarh fort

Narsinghgarh fort In Madhya Pradesh state

Narsinghgarh  was established as a separate state in 1681, by Dewan Parasram.  Rawat Paras Ramji  was the first king who reigned from 1681–1695, who was the younger brother of Rawat Mohan Singhji, the then Ruler of Rajgarh state from which the new state was carved out.  Maharaja Vikram Singhji was the last ruler who reigned form 1924 till the state joined India, in the middle of the last century. The last ruler and his family lived in this palace till 1857; when they moved to another palace in the city.

This ancient fort was constructed more than 300 years ago. The architecture is a combination of Rajpur, Malwa and Mughal style of architectures. The fort is spread over an area of little over 45 acres. It is the third largest fort in Madhya Pradesh state, after Mandu Fort and Gwalior Fort. The built-up area of the palace is around 1.77 lacks square foot. It has got 304 rooms and 4 halls.

The fort is situated on the Malwa Plateau. The average altitude of the fort complex is 483 meters or 1584 feet.

how Do I Go to Narsinghgarh Fort and Palace?

The fort and palace is situated in between Kota city and  Bhopal city, off  Jaipur -Jabalpur National Highway. the fort is situated on the hood of  hill resembling a snake, at around 350 feet above Narsinghgarh  town.

This fort is located at around 80 kilometers distance from the Bhopal.

Kaas Plateau or Kaas Pathar alias Valley of Flowers of Maharashtra

Kaas plateau or Kaas Pathar is a valley with lot of flowers, which is situated at around 25 kilometers west of Satara city, in Maharashtra. It is also known as the “Valley of Flowers of Maharashtra” or “Kaas Plateau of Flowers”.  The area comes under the Sahyadri mountain ranges of the Western Ghats. It was declared in 2012 as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Kaas is also spelt as Kas.

Kaas Plateau or Kaas Pathar alias Valley of Flowers of MaharastraKaas Plateau or Kaas Pathar alias Valley of Flowers of Maharastra

Kaas plateau is blessed with good rainfall. This makes the area fertile for a very large number of wild flowers. These flowers in turn make the plateau habitat to hundreds of butterfly species. There are around 850  species of flowering plants in the plateau!

Kas Plateau of Flowers is at an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level. It is spread over an area of ten square kilometers. Koyana Wildlife Sanctuary is located at around 20 kilometers from Kass.

Entry to Kaas Plateau of Flowers is normally allowed from August 1st to 15th of October. This period  is the flowering season for most plants. Herbaceous plants are the main plants seen in this area. Some small shrubs and trees are also seen on the outer periphery of the area.

Kas lake is a man made lake inside the Kass plateau. It was build around 100 years back. This lake supplies water to Satara city.

Don’t confuse this valley of flowers with the Himalayan Valley of Flowers. That is much more beautiful and very very hard to access. You need to trek for 3 days from Joshimath  to go the Himalayan valley of flowers in Chamoli District of Utterakhand state (including return trekking).

How Do I Go to Kaas Plateau or the Valley of Flowers of Maharashtra?

Satara city is the nearest city to the plateau. There is another road from Tapola, through the link road, connecting Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani, to Kas Plateau.

Pune and Mumbai cities is at a distance of around 125 and 280 kilometers, receptively from the Kaas Plateau of Flowers.

Entry Passes to the Valley of Flowers of Maharashtra

Entry to Kaa Pathar  or Kaas plateau is limited to 3000 persons per day. Entry passes are available online. Online booking to Kass Plateau is compulsory on Weekends and on other public holidays.

The charges are Rs 100 per person. There is no entry fee for children, aged up to 12 years. Senior citizens can also enter the Valley of flowers in Maharashtra, free of cost. Entry is free also for the soldiers, ex-soldiers and their spouses. Please carry your ID proof while going to this plateau.

Jammu and Kashmir Welcomes Tourists

Jammu and Kashmir is to welcome tourists from 10th October 2019, after a few weeks of restrictions, imposed earlier on 2nd August 2019.

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The state Governor has recalled the earlier security order, which asked the Amarnath yatris (Amarnath pilgrims) and tourists to immediately leave the Valley.

The Indian Express, a leading daily newspaper from India says the following (selected portions from the news report is given below).

The decision was taken at a meeting held to review the security situation in Kashmir. The meeting, chaired by Malik, was also attended by the Principal Secretaries of Planning and Housing & Urban Development Department.

In a major step towards J&K returning to normalcy, Governor Satya Pal Malik Monday recalled the Home Department’s August 2 order asking Amarnath yatris and tourists to immediately leave the Valley. The Governor’s order will come into effect from October 10, allowing tourists to return to the state for the first time since Parliament abrogated Article 370.
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The decision was taken at a meeting held to review the security situation in Kashmir. The meeting, chaired by Malik, was also attended by the Principal Secretaries of Planning and Housing & Urban Development Department.

On August 2, the J&K administration, in an unprecedented move, called off the annual Amarnath Yatra ahead of time in view of the “latest intelligence inputs of terror threats”.

The order had led to panic in the Valley and people in Srinagar crowded markets to make emergency purchases and stock essential goods. In the next 72 hours, Parliament passed a Bill abrogating J&K’s special status and bifurcating the state into two union territories.

Last week’s announcement of Block Development Council (BDC) elections in the state was seen as the first test to the prevailing security situation in Kashmir and gave hope that normalcy would soon return in J&K. On Monday, the Governor was informed that there is “active interest in the BDC elections and most of the seats of Chairpersons of BDCs would be filled”.

He was also briefed about the progress in apple procurement which has crossed 850 tonnes and worth Rs. 3.25 crores.

Sri Vaikuntanathan Perumal temple

Sri Vaikuntanathan Perumal temple is a Lord Vishnu temple situated at Srivaikuntam, in Thoothukudi district, Tamilnadu, India. Lord Vishnu in this temple is known as Vaikuntanathar. This temple is one among the 108 “Divyadesams”, dedicated to God Vishnu.

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Sculpture inside Sri Vaikuntanathan Perumal temple

Sri Vaikuntanathan Perumal temple alias Srivaikuntam temple or Kallapiran temple is an example for Tamil style of architecture. Srivaikuntam temple finds it’s gracious reference in the “Naalayira Divya Prabhandham”, a collection of 4,000 Tamil verses. It was composed by the 12 ‘Vaishnava’ poet saints called ‘Alvars’ and compiled between 9th – 10th centuries, in the current form by Nathamuni.

Lord Rama, srivaikundam1                           Srivaikundam Temple Structure, Thirunelveli4

Sculptures inside Sri Vaikuntanathan Perumal temple

Srivaikuntam temple is also known as a leading Navatirupathi temple; the nine temples revered by Nammazhwar (one of the twelve alwar poet saints of Tamil Nadu), located on the banks of river Tamiraparani. Kallapiran temple is one of the Navagraha temples in the Vaishnavism, a major Hindu denomination in India.

There is a granite wall around the temple, covering the temple shrines and two water bodies out of the total of three water bodies around the temple. There is a 110 feet or 34 meter  tall temple tower (rajagopuram) here. Many a life size sculptures made in  the 16th century can be sen in the Thiruvengadamudayan hall. The temple compound is having an area of around 5 acres.

The main deity in the Sri Vaikuntanathan Perumal temple is called Pal Pandian; Pal means milk in the south Indian languages. The legend is that  the deity has no patrons over long periods of time and hence got submerged. During the Pandyan era, a cow among the  herd cows of the Pandian king did ablution daily  at the place where the deity was submerged.   The king came to know that a particular cow alone was not yielding milk. He thought that it might be the trick of the herdsman and deployed his men to monitor the cow and the herdsman. They reported what is happening there (that the cow is doing ablution there). He dug up the area and found the deity, Vaikuntanathar. He then expanded the temple.

Lakshmana at Srivaikundam                    Srivaikundam Temple Structure, Thirunelveli5

Sculptures inside Sri Vaikuntanathan Perumal temple

Kaladushana, the chief the thief during the reign of the Pandian king was evading arrest by the King, in spite of King’s army”s best efforts. Kaladushana  was praying to Vaikuntanathar to save him from the King.  Vaikuntanathar appeared as Kaldushana  and surrendered before the king. He also appeared int he Kign’s dream and narrated that his country’s wealth will be taken over by enemies and the thief was actually trying the protect the wealth. King then released Kaladushana and his troop. Hence the temple is also known as Kallapiran temple. (Theif is called kallan in southern Tamilnadu and Kerala states)

The main festival of the Srivaikuntam temple is the annual Brahmotsavam. It is held during the Tamil month of Chittirai (i.e. April – May).  Nammazhwar birth celebrations is another major festival of this temple, which is celebrated along with all eight other temples of Navatirupathi.

How Do I Go to Srivaikuntanathan Perumal Temple alias Srivaikuntam Temple or Kallapiran Temple?

Srivaikuntam Temple temple is at a distance of around 22 kilometers from Tirunelveli Town.

Thoothukudi town is at around 26 kilometers from Srivaikuntam temple.

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Kangla Fort & Palace at Impal in Manipur

Kangla Fort & Palace is located on Eastern and Western sides of River Imphal , at Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, India. Those on the Eastern side were damaged in course of time and only parts of the Fort on the Western side, exists now.

The Kangla Fort

Kangla Fort

Kangla Palace was the Royal residence of the erstwhile Meetei rulers, who ruled the Kingdom of Manipur (Kangleipak Kingdo or Kingdom of Kangleipak).

King Loiyumba established the Kingdom of Kangleipak in  1110. He conquered the nearby areas and consolidated the kingdom into a larger one. He also made a written constitution for the kingdom. In the 19th century, the kingdom became a princely state under the British rule.

Kangla Fort and Palace was built by king Khagemba (1597–1652 AD) in 1632, who defeated Chinese invaders and established his capital here. Khagemba’s son Khunjaoba (1632–1666 AD) improved the fortification and beautification of the fort. He also excavated a moat on the western side. the kingdom was at its glorious best during the regime of King Khunjaoba. Successive kings also improved and enlarged the fort.

From the time of Maharaja Bhagyachandra (1762–1798 AD) reign, Kangla fort was deserted several times due to repeated invasion by the Burmese. Manipur was liberated from the Burmease after seven years by Maharaj Gambhir Singh. He shifted his capital to his capital to Langthabal, which is currently known as Canchipur. Again the capital was shifted to back to Kangla in 1844, during the reign of King Nara Singh.

After the first Anglo-Manipur war which started in 1891, the British forces conquered the fort.They hoisted the Union Flag  on 27th April 1892 at this magnificent and ancient fort. It was declared as the cantonment area or the “British Reserve” till  Indian Independence in 1947. Then it was handed over to The Assam Rifles,  the oldest paramilitary force of India. On 20th November 2004, it was handed over  to the Manipur state government.

Inside Kangla fort, there are a  number of temples. The Fort is spread over an area of 237.62 acres.

How Do I Go to Kangla Fort and Kangla Palace?


Kangla Fort and Kangla Palace at situated at Imphal, the capital city of the state of Manipur. It is connected by roads to other parts of the country.

Bir Tikendrajit International Airport at Impal is the nearest airport to the fort and palace.