Friday, December 6, 2013


With a calm, serene lake in the midst of a beautiful forested area, Singda Dam is something which should not be left out if you are looking for a complete exploration of the natural beauty of Imphal.

If you are planning to visit this famous tourist spot, make the best use of the16 km drive from the capital city, Imphal.

The drive from Imphal to Singda is as beautiful as the destination itself. With verdant paddy fields on both sides of the road and hills surrounding it, and trees occasionally lining up near the roads, you are in for an experience that will last forever.

Pack some food and drinks as the dam is a popular picnic spot. The water of the lake, formed by the dam, is calm and placid and induces a feeling of serenity and peacefulness.Roam around the area and look for the best spot from where you can have the opportunity to get a panoramic view of the surrounding valley.


The present state symbol Kanglasha stood in front of the Uttra toward the west, facing west. The Chronicle Cheitharol Khumpapa records the construction of the Kangla Sha in Saka Era 1726 (1804 A.D)

 during the reign of Maharaja Chourjit. The Burmese destroyed the two fabulous statues of the two Kanglasha (Nongsha) again in 1844. But after the British conquest of Manipur on 27 April 1891, the two Nongshas were blow off by the British on Monday the 14th day of ingel (i.e. 20th of July) in 1891.  

This period of Burmese Rule is known as "Chahi Taret Khuntakpa" (Seven Years Devastation) in the annals of Manipur. Gambhir Singh, however, established his capital at Langthabal which is now known as Canchipur. During the reign of Nara Singh, the capital was shifted to 'Kangla' in 1844 


Shirui Lily or Siroi lily, Lilium mackliniae

 is a species of plant which can be found in the upper reaches of the Siroi hill ranges in the Ukhrul District of Manipur, India, at an elevation of 1,730–2,590 metres (5,680–8,500 ft) above sea level.

This shade-loving lily has pale bluish-pink petals. In the wild it flowers in the monsoon months of June and July. They are seasonal flowering plants and at their best in May and June when it blooms.]The peak season of its bloom is May 15 to June 5. The height of the plant is 1–3 feet (0.30–0.91 m). and has 1-7 flowers per plant.

The lily gets its name from Macklin, the family name of Jean, the second wife of plant-hunter Frank Kingdon-Ward; it was discovered in 1946. The lily won the Merit prize of the 1948 Royal Horticultural Society at a Flower Show in London (but no longer holds an Award of Garden Merit). The plant is about a foot tall. 

The leaves are longish and narrow like most lilies. The flowers are pinkish white, delicately flushed pink at the base, and hang looking down. In fact, in Manipur the flower is compared to a beautiful and modest girl. In 

Manipur the plant blooms in May–June, and is a local tourist attraction.
It is the state flower of Manipur.
Siroi Lily
Siroi lily growing in its native habitat, the Shirui Hill, Ukhrul, Manipur.
Scientific classification
Species:L. mackliniae
Binomial name
Lilium mackliniae