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We at Shija Tours and Travels are presenting a warm welcome for our tourists, by helping you create a splendid experience during your visit, guiding you in every possible way, making things right as per your needs. Shija Tours & Travels is a start up Tour Operator in Langol of Manipur. It focuses on medical tourism and leisure tourists who prefer to explore the varied Cultures, Historical monuments like Kangla , War tourism based destinations at Manipur like Khongjom War Memorial. The Khongjom War is entitled with the Second World War of Manipur which occurred 72 years ago, that depicted several war casualties and life sacrifices. The Battle of Imphal took place in the region of the city of Imphal, the capital of Manipur in Northeast India, from March until July 1944. Japanese armies attempted to destroy the Allied forces at Imphal and invade India, but were driven back into Burma with heavy losses. Together with the simultaneous Battle of Kohima Campaign, part of the South-East Asian Theatre of Second World War. The defeat at Kohima and Imphal was the largest defeat to that date in Japanese history. This was a phenomenon of post war which showcased the indomitable courage to fight for Manipur, with such sincere patriotism. It has nurtured the true courage of defending our Motherland Manipur against all threats of being captured by other powerful forces i.e. the Allied forces and the Japanese army.
“Imphal was one of the greatest Allied victories of the War, a turning point as significant in Asia as El Alamein & Stalingrad has been in Africa & Europe” Peter Heehs, History Today.
The Northeast Indian state of Manipur was the main battle field during the Second World War. A quiet corner of the British rule until then in 1942, it found itself on the frontier between the Japanese and Burmese (present Myanmar) and the British in India. It eventually became a full force battlefield in 1944 when the Japanese & INA units, which launched “Operation U Go”, with its main objective of capturing Imphal, the capital of Manipur. The phase from March till July of 1944, mirrored the fierce fighting which took place across the state that is popularly known as the Battle of Imphal. On the 20th April, 2013, the combined battle of Imphal and Kohima was voted Britain’s Greatest Battle by the National Army Museum of the United Kingdom, U.K.
War Tourism is a part of the historical memoirs in Manipur, apart from the culture, traditions, local people: their lifestyles, cuisines etc imbibed here. When tourists deliberately visit nations that have been involved in a war, looking for evidence of the conflict, this is known as War Tourism. There are examples of popular war tourists locations all over the world from Germany to the Far East and so do in Manipur, Imphal, India. It is a mistake to think that War tourism involves the process of visiting countries who are currently involves in a brutal conflict but learning about the history of the destination in general as well. Manipur, even though a miniature state possesses precious qualities tracing back to history as well as the current tourism-related developments which is in an on-going process.

History: The Kangla fort which happens to be The Kangliepak palace or ancient capital of Manipur since the year 1891 AD, stands with great patriotism till date was the royal palace of King Pakhangba who was the then ruler in 33AD. The Kangla Fort symbolises the seat of political power and a holy place for the worship related ceremonies which is a part of ancient history of Manipur. Documentation of the ancient structures, holy and sacred places, publication of book on ‘Kangla’ with rare photographs are also a major target. There is a plan for developing Kangla Fort into an Archaeological Park in the near future . Plantation of indigenous trees and medicinal plants etc are other distinct features of the Kangla Fort. This project is known as the Kangla Development Project. After the completion of this project, the Kangla fort will become a unique Archaeological Park in the entire Northeast region.

Arts and culture: Art is a diverse range of human activity in creating visual, auditory etc. Forexample: Khamba-Thoibi, Maibi dance, Nupi-pala/Nupi-pala, Ras Lila, Manipur represents a mosaic of traditions & cultural patterns. It can be in the form of: 1)Folk dance 2) Classical 3) Modern which are all considered devotional in nature.Culture: Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts.

Sports: Polo- The game Manipur gave the world. Its origin period can be traced to the “Puya”- religious book of the Meitei community in Manipur. It is a belief that this game was played by the Gods during the mythological age wherein 7 players are there on each team. The ponies are also decorated fully with various guards protecting the eyes, forehead, flanks etc. The British learned the game of Sagol Kangjei in the 19th Century from Manipur and after refinement it was transplanted to the world as Polo.

Mukna: The game is the Manipuri style of wrestling played between two male rivals for trial of strength by sheer physical strength and skill. Thang- ta & Sharit-Sharak: These are the Manipuri Martial Arts, the traditions of which had been passed down over the centuries. It is a very energetic and skilful art and is a way to highlight ones battle craft during the peace time in the olden days when every Manipuri was a warrior and required to serve his country at the time of war. Now-a-days, this art is being performed widely by women and children alike.

Coming to the contemporary games there are many but mention can be made of Boxing, wherein, MC. Mary Kom is a world champion boxer who have lifted the reputation of Indian Boxing in the Global Arena. She is currently a member of Parliament at Rajya Sabha and has set a promising record in her career in representing The Womens World Amatuer Boxing Championships, Asian Womens Boxing Championship, Asian Games, Indoor Asian Games, Asian Cup Womens Boxing Tournament, Witch Cup. Speaking about folk dances, Khamba-Thoibi folklore is popular state-wide. The Omba-Nurathel Garden located at Moirang is believed to be of great importance relating to this folk story. It is an ideal island-like hillock imbibing with her the history of mythological and elegant feature.

Eema-Keithel: Eema Market(market of the mothers) can be referred to as the only all-womens market in the world; a place where equality is preached and practised. In a nation where patriarchy has ruled and thrived over centuries, there are women who have stood tall on their own. If anyone ever travels Northeast of India, there lies Manipur in the furthest corner. The very famous Khwairamband Bazar in Imphal, the worlds only all-women run market place. Khwairamband Bazar is also known as Eema Keithel. In Manipuri Eema means mother and Keithel means market. So it is known as the market of the mothers. There are 4000 strong shopkeepers who are all women. This unit of women represents the strong foothold of women in the Manipuri society. The stand as a glorying example of an equal society. Any woman irrespective of her background, religion or community can set a store here. A world that is so intolerant should stand up and take a note from these Eemas (mothers).

Markets are the pulse of a society. It is where the commoner walk, make a bargain and make a living. When a woman can walk, equally with a man and can make the same bargain and living, the message is loud and clear: that you are walking in an equal society. A society the rest of the nation is fighting to become one.