|— State —|
Location of Manipur in India
Map of Manipur
|Established||21 January 1972|
|- Governor||Gurbachan Jagat|
|- Chief Minister||Okram Ibobi Singh|
|- Legislature||Unicameral (60 seats)|
|- Total||22,347 km2 (8,628.2 sq mi)|
|- Density||121.8/km2 (315.4/sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+05:30)|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-MN|
|HDI rank||5th (2005)|
|Literacy||79.85% (2011 Census)|
|Website||Manipur Official Website|
Manipur (Meitei: মণিপুর maṇipur) is a state in northeastern India, with the city of Imphal as its capital. Manipur is bounded by the Indian states of Nagaland to the north, Mizoram to the south and Assam to the west; it also borders Myanmar to the east. It covers an area of 22,347 square kilometres (8,628 sq mi). Geographically, it falls under the Southeast Asia region.
The Meiteis (Meeteis), who live primarily in the state's valley region, form the primary ethnic group. Their language, Meiteilon (Meeteilon), (also known as Manipuri), is also the lingua franca in the state, and was recognized as one of the national languages of India in 1992. The Muslims (Meitei-Pangal) also live in the valley; the Kukis, Nagas and Hmars live in the hills of the state. Manipur is considered a sensitive border state.
Foreigners entering Manipur (including foreign citizens born in Manipur) must possess a Restricted Area Permit, which can be obtained from the Foreigners' Regional Registration Office in the "metros" (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai) or certain other state government offices. Permits are valid for only 10 days, and visitors must travel only on tours arranged by authorised travel agents, in groups of four. Furthermore, they may come to Imphal only by air and are not permitted to travel outside the capital.