Kangla, a must see tourist attraction in Asia

Kangla, a must see tourist attraction in Asia

Kangla, a must see tourist attraction in Asia
Kangla, a must see tourist attraction in Asia
Kangla, a must see tourist attraction in Asia
Kangla, a must see tourist attraction in Asia
Kangla, a must see tourist attraction in Asia
Kangla, a must see tourist attraction in Asia
Kangla, a must see tourist attraction in Asia

Kangla is the most important historical and archeological site of Manipur. The kingdom of Manipur was established and developed at Kangla. Situated close to the banks of the Imphal River, on the west, the Kangla Fort or Kangla Palace is a symbol of Manipur's glory. The word ‘Kangla’ means dry land in Manipuri or Meetei language (Meiteilon). Kangla was the ancient capital of the kingdom of Manipur and a number of Meetei monarchs have ruled the destination from this fort for hundreds of years.

The existence of this fort dates back to 33 AD, when the mythical God-King of Manipur, Nongda Lairen Pakhangba first ascended the throne. It was gradually renovated and developed by successive kings who ruled the place. King Khagemba (1597-1652) ordered the construction of a brick wall on the western gate of the palace. Afterwards, Khunjaoba (1652-1666), his son put in immense efforts in beautifying the fort. It is believed that he excavated a moat on the western side of this palace. In 1891, it was taken over by the British army after the Anglo-Manipur War. Later, the Assam Rifle took control of such a beautiful, historic and very important place until 2004.

On 20th November 2004, when the Assam Rifles handed over the Kangla Fort to the Chief Minister of Manipur, Shri Okram Ibobi Singh in presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, It marked out not only the end of 113 years of occupation of the fort, but also the beginning of the revival of a 2000 year old lost glory. At present, the fort is open for visitors and is a major tourist attraction of the state. A visit to the Kangla Fort is a must for art lovers and historians as this ancient fort holds immense archaeological, religious and historical significance.