Over decades, Manipur has been wreaked by waves of violence through insurgency, drug- and arms-trafficking across the Burmese border, and brutal inter-factional conflict, making it one of the most volatile states in the union. Daily reports of violence appear in the local papers and any visitor to the state cannot help but notice the heightened security, with well-armed paramilitary and commandos visible almost everywhere. While the vale of Imphal is more or less safe, the hills and border regions demand extreme caution. Make adequate travel arrangements and travel into Imphal by air if possible – the road to Dimapur is prone to closures and the road to Silchar is not recommended. Some governments, including that of the UK, advise against all but essential travel to the state. That said, visitors who take care are unlikely to be affected, but do check the security situation and permit requirements beforehand.

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