Imphal City is the capital of the Indian state of Manipur. In the heart of the town and surrounded by a moat, are ruins of the old Palace of Kangla. Kangla Fort used to be the home of the Assam Rifles, a paramilitary force and on November 2004 it was handed over to state of Manipur by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. Another place of historical interest is the Polo Ground, which is the oldest existing polo ground in the World. Near the Polo Ground is the Manipur State Museum, which has a collection of old artifacts and pictures depicting the history of Manipur. 'Ima Keithel' at Khwairamband Bazar is the only market in the world where, as the name suggests(Ima-Mother,Keithel-Market), all the stalls are run by women.
Main tourist attractions of Imphal: Shree Govindajee Temple: This place was considered to be the highest place for any cultural activity during the times of the Maharajas. Located at a place near the Royal palace of past Maharajas, it has two domes and a raise congregation hall to keep the sacred deities in their place, aloof and high. War Cemeteries: The cemeteries are the seats of remembrance for the British and Indian soldiers who fought and died in the Second World War. Women's Market or Ima Keithel: The market stalls are all run by women, and it is reported as being the only such market in the world.