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Tamenglong district,Manipur

Tamenglong is a small town, district headquarters of Tamenglong district in the state of Manipur in India. The town is located in the western part of the state. People of Zeliangrong communities dominantly lives in this town . Rongmei language is dominantly spoken in and around the town. Tamenglong lies on the hilltop that descends to Barak river.

The land was believed to have been formed due to orogenic movement during cretaceous and Eocene period. The main rock formations are sandstone, shale, schist. Due to weak and fragile nature of rocks and high gradient of the hill slopes, landslide is a common phenomenon in the whole district in rainy season.

Tamenglong HQ can be reached through Roadways. From Imphal (State Capital) three buses depart at 6.00 am to reach Tamenglong the same afternoon.

Geography
This district is bounded by Nagaland state on the north, by Senapati district on the north and east, by Churchandpur district on the south and by Imphal West district and Assam state on the west. Tamenglong town is the headquarters of this district. The district occupies an area of 4391 km.
Economy
In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Tamenglong one of the country’s 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).It is one of the three districts in Manipur currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).
Divisions
The district is divided into four sub-divisions: Tamenglong, Tamei, Tousem and Nungba. Under Nungba Sub-division, Khoupum is a very populated area and a home town of Manipur Dy. Chief Minister Shri. Gaikhangam Gangmei
Places of Interest
Tamenglong district of Manipur is blessed with a topography of irregular undulation. It has in its small area most of the awesome features that nature mould to a hilly terrain. Turbulent waters, roaring waterfall, pitching dark caves, enchanting lakes of the wilderness, rocks chiseled to wondrous form and yet the thick blanket of dense tropical forest most part of which are still virgin. Highlighted below are some of the popular places that have attracted a number of tourists round the year.

  • Along the river Barak there are seven waterfalls in series at close range. The picture is at the third step of the waterfall.
  • The famous Tharon cave (Chalem-Ky) is located at about 27 km from the district HQ. The map of the entire cave is engraved and painted on a stone at the main entrance. Archeological excavation of the cave shows affinities with Hobinian culture of North Vietnam.
  • The legendary Zeilad lake at Makoi (Atengba) is associated with a number of pythons, fishes and water birds. There are six other lakes nearby Guiphop Zei, Nrou Zei, Nap-sam Zei etc.
  • The Buning (Npiulong) meadow is located on the western side of the picturesque Tamei town. A number of well-groomed uneven small mounts, numerous glittering brooks studded the stretch. Come June the meadow is coloured with enchanting ground orchids and various wild lilies. Cry of hoolock gibbon howling of foxes melodious chirping of birds altogether form Buning a big family of the wildlife evoking wonder and admiration of many who have witnessed the meadow.