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 well-armed paramilitary and commandos are 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 arrive in 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 (see gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice). That said, visitors who take care are unlikely to be affected, but do check the security situation and permit requirements beforehand.

Book through Rough Guides’ trusted travel partners

India features

The latest articles, galleries, quizzes and videos.

Budget trips: 20 of the cheapest places to travel

Budget trips: 20 of the cheapest places to travel

That ever-growing travel wish list might be putting some pressure on your pocket – but there are plenty of destinations where you'll get more bang for your b…

11 Oct 2017 • Emma Gibbs camera_alt Gallery
19 places to get utterly lost

19 places to get utterly lost

One of the great joys of travelling is stumbling across unexpected places, wandering without a single destination in mind and embracing the journey. These place…

12 Sep 2017 • Keith Drew camera_alt Gallery
The most beautiful country in the world – as voted by you

The most beautiful country in the world – as voted by you

There's nothing like an amazing view to inspire you to book your next trip, whether you're drawn by rolling countryside, isolated islands or soaring mountain …

30 Aug 2017 • Rough Guides Editors camera_alt Gallery
View more featureschevron_right

Weekly newsletter

Sign up now for travel inspiration, discounts and competitions

Sign up now and get 20% off any ebook