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Handicrafts of Manipur
Handicrafts of Manipur It is said that goddess "Panthoibi" drew her inspiration for weaving, from a spider making cobwebs in a corner. While almost every household in Manipur owns a loom-women folk alone are weavers. Intricate designs are woven on sarees, sarongs, shawls and bedspreads. The handloom industry is the largest cottage industry in Manipur, with the finished items often being exported. Manipur-Pottery is made without a potter's wheel. It is a rare experience to witness the potters of Andro, Thongjao and Nungbi, deftly moulding an unbelievable range of earthenware. Beautiful pieces of art made out of cane and bamboo form an important part of handicrafts. Tourists can take home a Lifan, Phak (weed mats), Phiruk, Manipuri Dolls & ho...
Shopping in Manipur
Shopping in Manipur The treasured culture and tradition of the Manipuri’s are also displayed in their handloom clothes and handicrafts. The Manipuri handloom and handicraft are world famous for its craftsmanship as well as ingenuity, colorful, colorfulness and usefulness. The people are artistic and creative in their thinking and outlook. Every house possesses a loom, and Manipuri’s weave with a passion and style, unparalleled by any other state. Manipuri bed covers of Moirangfee and flower designs, silk and cotton sarees, scarves, blankets and shawls, in distinctive shades and weaves, make for an alluring collection. A wide array of artistic handicrafts from bamboo, papier mache, decorative ivory, dolls and jewellery make for prize...
Dance of Manipur
Dance of Manipur Manipuri is the classical dance from the Manipur region in the North East. Slow and gracious movements differentiate Manipuri from other dance styles. The delicate arm movements and gentle foot work characterise this dance.The repertoire is dominated by the themes from the Vishnu Puranas, Bhagvata Puranas, and Geeta Govinda. Manipuri dance is very much religious and associated to Vaishnav cult of Hinduism. Every time the dancer puts down his or her feet, even during vigorous steps, it is the front part of the feet which touch the ground first and ‘break the fall’. The ankle and knee joints are effectively used as shock absorbers. The dancer’s feet are neither put down nor lifted up at the precise rhythmic poi...
Trekking in Mizoram
Trekking in Mizoram Mizoram offers a number of trekking options in the lush green forests and valleys, which include Champai and Luglei Town. One can also trek the well known Phawangpui Peak in Mizoram, also known as the Blue Mountain and is located within the Phawangpui National Park. It lies 7,100 feet above the sea level and serves as the perfect spot for trekkers. Travellers opting for trekking have to be physically fit and strong to take up the task. Don’t forget to carry a pair of comfortable sneakers and bottled water as they are very essential. Mountain trekking in Aizawl is an enriching experience as the mountain trek here offers a view of thick bamboo forests and a plethora of exquisite flora and fauna. The rivers on the m...
Caves of Mizoram
Caves of Mizoram The caves are the most ideal place for the tourists, who are inclined towards the adventurous tour of Mizoram. The state of Mizoram has a wide array of caves, some of which are: Pukzing Cave - Situated at Pukzing village near Marpara in the western hills within Aizawl district is the Pukzing Cave. Pukzing cave, which goes 25 m inside is the biggest cave in Mizoram. The legend says that the cave was carved out of the hills by a very strong man called Mualzavata, the name meaning a person who could clear hundred ranges of forest in just one day. Milu Puk - Milu Puk (cave of skulls) is a big cave situated near the village Mamte in Lunglei district, about 130 Km from Lunglei town in Mizoram. You will find a big hea...
Angling in Mizoram
Angling in Mizoram Tamdil Lake in Aizwal District and Chhimtuipui River in Saiha District serve as perfect spots for travellers looking forward to angling opportunities. Tamdil Lake is said to have an abundance of fish species and prawns and is surrounded by dense tropical evergreen forests whereas Chhimtuipui River also offers Salmon, local trout and catfish to grab onto. Palak Lake lies in the southern region of Mizoram and consists of a variety of fish species like Mahseer and Trout. Don’t be surprised if you find crabs here as there are plenty of them in this lake. Other famous lakes for angling are the Rungdil and Rengdil Lakes which lie in the Aizwal District. Tlawang River in Kolasib, 142 kms away from Mizoram also makes a good...
Dance and Music in Mizoram
Dance and Music in Mizoram The music and dance of Mizoram are basically performed during the festivals and recreations. Most of the dance and music of Mizoram are performed in groups. The Popular Traditional Dances of Mizoram are: Cheraw or Bamboo Dance - This is the most colourful and distinct dance of the Mizos. Long bamboo staves are used for this dance, therefore many people call it 'Bamboo Dance'. Khuallam - This is a dance performed by a group of dancers, in colorful costumes, tapping their feet to the tunes of gongs and drums. Originally Khuallam was a dance performed by honoured 'invitees' while entering into the area where community feast used to take place.The ceremony is accompanied by a feast and to this feast, friends fro...
Shopping in Mizoram
Shopping in Mizoram A major must buy for every tourist visiting Mizoram, is the Khumbeu ceremonial bamboo hat, made of waterproof wild Hnathial leaves. Bara Bazaar is the main shopping centre of Aizawl, where all handicraft and handloom items are available. A visit to the State Govt. and Handloom Emporium is advisable. The other shopping centres are New market, Ritz Market, Bazar Bungkawn, Thakthing Bazar, Burma Lane and Solomon Cave. Mizoram Craft - Concerted efforts have been made to accelerate the growth of industries in Mizoram. Crafts of Mizoram have got their own identity. One has to see them to believe the intricate traditional designs woven by the Mizo women, born weavers who produce what can only be described as art on ...
Trekking in Nagaland
Trekking in Nagaland Adventure buffs can go trekking in the hills and terrains of Nagaland. Dzukou Valley is well known for trekking. The valley is perched at an altitude of 2438m above the sea level. The valley is full of lilies and rhododendrons and is surrounded by hills, natural caves, rocks and therefore is the most satisfying treks in this part. Saramati Peak in Twensang District, the largest mountain range in Nagaland, is covered with snow during winters and is a challenging route for trekkers. Japfu Peak in Kohima is another famous spot for trekkers. Other trekking trails for complete nature lovers include- Mount Tiyi, Patkai Hills, Mokokchung and Satoi Range. The best time to go trekking is in the months between June and Septembe...
Music and Dance of Nagaland
Music and Dance of Nagaland Music is an important accompaniment to any festival.It is a land of folklore passed down the generations through word of mouth. Here, music is an integral part of life. The common musical instrument played by the Nagas is Petu. It is a string instrument. The themes have a wide spectrum of variety. They may glorify a tradition, extol a specific act of heroism, narrate an important event of the recent past or relate to a love story.The Angamis and Chakhesangs are particularly fond of it and it is used to give the desired accompaniment to one's voice. Another popular string instrument is Theku. Of the wind instrument, the flute is quite common. In earlier days, the instrument was kept in the Morung only, but now the re...