Sangai Festival is an annual cultural extravaganza in Manipur. Every year the Government of Manipur, headed by the Tourism Department, celebrates the Sangai Festival. The ten-day long festival lasts from 21st to 30th of November. The cultural celebrations showcases the uniqueness of the North Eastern State. Homage is paid to the shy and gentle Brow-Antlered Deer popularly known as the Sangai Deer which is found only in the state’s floating Keibul Lamjao National Park in Loktak Lake. The tourism festival promotes Manipur as a world class destination.
Celebrated over the past few years with the name of Tourism Festival, since 2010 the Manipur Tourism Festival has been renamed as the Sangai Festival. The beautiful North Eastern State is celebrated during the festival. Celebrate the geography, the history, wildlife, heritage, and culture.
The Sangai Festival focuses to showcase the tourism potential of Manipur. The Festival strives to promote the best of what the state has to offer to the world. Witness the best of art and culture, handlooms, handicrafts, ethnic sports, cuisines, music, adventure sports, as well as the scenic natural beauty of the land. Having assumed great importance in recent years, the 2016 edition essential celebrates ethnic diversity of the society.
The festival format is such that events take place all over Manipur. During the day there are outdoor events. Post 4.30 PM cultural events are in Imphal at BOAT, a mini stadium. The festival destination are also crowded by stalls serving Manipuri delicacies. There are many options to check out Manipuri handicrafts/artificial jewellery from Thailand.
The events held in Imphal include polo matches. Witness both the traditional polo, which originated here and contemporary sport. The traditional boat race, Hiyang-HirenTanaba is a power packed event. The dance forms of Manipur deserve special mention. Ras-Leela dance, Pung Cholom and the ethnic Manipuri dance form creates magic on visitors with elegant steps and poignant music. The fusion music performances during the festival are absolutely wonderful. Do not miss Nata Sankirtana, cultural performances by people of hilly districts. Power paragliding at Old Airfield and the ethnic games of the state are also organized in the capital city. The festival also hosts performances by artists from states of Tripura, Orissa and international locales of Thailand and Myanmar.
Events outside Imphal includes trekking climbing to highest peak of the state, Mount Iso. There are many water adventures, including water skiing, sailboat, and wind surfing at Loktak Lake Moirang. A 60-km mountain bike cross country competition. Caving and trekking to Ukhrul district.
Further many entertaining items like Fashion Shows, Rock Shows, etc. The Festival is the right venue to indulge in the Manipuri pleasures.
How to Reach?
Manipur is easily accessible by air. The airport is 6 km away from Imphal. There are few flights from Delhi to Imphal. Tourist Buses, taxis and local buses will take you to Imphal city from the airport.
There are no railway lines in the state of Manipur. The nearest railhead is Dimapur (Nagaland), 215 km from Imphal. From the railhead, buses, taxis and rented cars with chauffer bring you to Imphal city.
Manipur is easily accessible by road. You can drive into Imphal from the neighboring states of Nagaland, Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. The ideal car to hire is a 4-wheeler SUV that comes with a chauffer.