Chandel district is one of the district of Manipur state in northeastern India. As of 2011 it is the second least populous district in the state, after Tamenglong. This district came into existence on 13 May 1974. In 1983, it was renamed as Chandel district.Languages spoken include Thadou, widely spoken by majority of the Kuki tribes in the district and Aimol, a Sino-Tibetan tongue with less than 3000 speakers, written in the Latin script and Anal, which is also Sino-Tibetan and spoken by approximately 14 000 Indians, and more in Myanmar (and which should not be confused with the Anus language).
HOW TO REACH
The Imphal Airport is the nearest air connection to Chandel. Located 8 kilometres from the Imphal city centre and about 65 kilometres from Chandel, the Imphal airport is well connected to the rest of the country via Guwahati. All the flight reaching Imphal have a stopover at Guwahati.
The National Highway 39 passes through the Chandel district unto Moreh. Regular bus services and private taxis connect the district to the other parts of the state and country. The State Highway 10 takes a diversion from NH 39 at Pallel and reaches the district headquarters of Â Chandel.
Manipur doesnâ€™t have a railhead. The nearest railway station to Chandel is in Dimapur, Nagaland. Dimapur is located 215 kilometres from Chandel. After reaching Dimapur, you will get taxis and state transport buses to take you to Chandel. Dimapur is connected to all major stations in the country via Guwahati.
WHAT TO SEE
Gateway To Myanmar:-
Chandel is one of the nine districts of Manipur. It lies in the Indo-Myanmar border and is an entry-point to the neighbouring country.
Chandel town is the district headquarters of the Chandel district while there are four sub-divisions too, namely, Moreh, Chakpikarong Chandel and Machi.Â Myanmar lies on the south of Chandel district, Ukhrul to the east, Churachandpur to the west and south and Thoubal to the north.
Moreh is located on the Indo-Myanmar Road in the Chandel District about 70 km from the town of Chandel. This place gained prominence due to its strategic location on the border of the two countries.Tourists visiting Moreh can see Myanmar from the border area. Moreh is visited by naturelovers and businessmen. Moreh is the commercial town of Manipur that brings businessmen from many places to carry on cross-country business.
Stretched over an area of 3,375 sq km, Tengnoupal is situated at an elevation that ranges from 2,500 ft to 10,000 ft. Once the kingdom of Pakhangha Rulers, this is a historical place, which in 1631 was brought under control by the Chinese and in 1942, was bombarded by the Japanese during the Second World War. There are two rivers in Tengnoupal named Barak and Manipur that flows from north to south. There are many lakes in this district.
Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary:-
The Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary was founded in 1989 on the Indo-Myanmar border in the district of Chandel, which stands stretched over an area of around 185 sq km. There are 6 species of amphibians, 29 kinds of reptiles, 42 species of mammalians, 74 types of birds and 86 species of fish in this sanctuary.Some animals that are found in this sanctuary are the Hoolock Gibbon, which is the only variety of ape seen in India, Himalayan black bear, stumped tailed macaque, slow loris, wild bear, pig tailed macaque, Indian civet cat, golden cat and many more.
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Try out typical Manipuri dishes like Eromba which is basically vegetables and potatoes bolied with a lot of red chillies or Umorok with fermented fish, dry fish and mashed together. Singju is a Manipuri salad, Chamthong or Kanhshoi is a stew with fish, Morok Metpa is a coarse-paste prepared with green or dry chillies. One should also try the delicious pork curries and preparation of Bamboo shoots. Sekmai is a traditional brew makde from rice. And Mujikul is another local drink.