Manipur & Nagaland

 World War II Trail 

1st - 7th November 2020 | Price: ₹80,000/person (see inclusions below) | Maximum Group Size: 08

Heritage Walk Calcutta in association with Imphal Battle Remembrance Tours offers you a unique opportunity to explore the Second World War history of Manipur and Nagaland in Northeast India.

 

In 1944, when the Japanese and INA forces launched a major offensive from Burma to capture the Indian northeast as their first step towards Delhi, Imphal, the capital of the then-Kingdom of Manipur, became their primary target. This tour traces the history of the Battle for Imphal by exploring major battle sites, the locations of fierce tank battles, important logistical hubs, and the scene of the decisive showdown at Kohima. 

 

This tour is a product of painstaking research by Arambam Angamba Singh (Bobby), the Founder of Imphal Battle Remembrance Tours, and presents the story of this epic battle from all perspectives: Japanese, INA, British, Indian, other allies, and most importantly, the local population. 

The detailed itinerary is below. We look forward to having you explore with us.

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Pre-Departure

4th October 2020

(Time & Place: TBD)

Full pre-departure briefing for the tour participants.

TOUR ITINERARY

Post-Departure

1st November 2020

Fly to Imphal from Kolkata on a morning flight accompanied by 2 Heritage Walk Calcutta team members.

Mid-morning arrival at Imphal. Non-Indian passport holders, including OCI-holders, are required to go through an easy police registration process at the arrivals lounge of the Imphal airport. Indian citizens must carry their Aadhaar Cards to register for an Inner Line Permit at the Imphal Airport Arrivals Lounge. 

 

We will be picked up from the airport and proceed into Imphal to have a classic Manipuri thali lunch. Post-lunch, we will have a guided walk at the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Imphal.

Check-in at the hotel in Imphal.

In the evening we will visit the house of Arambam Angamba Singh (Bobby), the Founder of Imphal Battle Remembrance Tours, where we will see his private collection of World War II artefacts. He will also brief us about the tour and provide us with historical background for World War II in Manipur and Nagaland.

Dinner. 

2nd November 2020

Breakfast at the hotel.

Leave for the Naga village of Shangshak (alt. 3500ft) on the Imphal-Ukhrul Road. Shangshak was a small garrison of the British-Indian Army that was surrounded and taken over by the Japanese in early 1944, one of the first major engagements in the Battle for Imphal. We will visit the sites in the village associated with the battle, including the remains of trenches used during the battle. 

On the way to Shangshak, we will visit the neighbourhood in Imphal where some of the first Japanese bombs fell in April 1943. We will also stop at Finch's corner, dedicated to the memory of the Australian engineer who designed the motorable Imphal-Ukhrul road in the early 1940s, a road that later proved a crucial supply-line for the Allied forces.

After exploring Shangshak, we will have a home-cooked Naga lunch served by a local family.

On the way back to Imphal, we will make a detour to visit Nungshigum, where a major tank battle took place in 1944. The British Indian Army lost 7 tank commanders to Japanese snipers in one night at this location.

Evening off, and dinner on guests.

 

3rd November 2020

Check-out from hotel after breakfast.

Travel to Kohima, the site of one of the decisive battles between the Japanese and the British Indian Army. On the way we will stop at important World War II logistical hubs and battle sites.

Local lunch at Mao, a town on the Manipur-Nagaland border.

Check-in at the hotel in Kohima.

Evening off, and dinner on guests.

 

4th November 2020

Check-out from hotel after breakfast.

Visit the Kohima War Cemetery and Tennis Court, the location of the decisive battle.

This will be followed by a visit to the Grover's and the Cameron Highlanders Memorials and the World War II Museum at Kisama. We will also briefly visit the Naga settlement of Kigwema, where the Japanese Commander Sato set up his accommodations during the Kohima campaign. 

Return to Imphal. Local lunch at Mao.

Check-in to the hotel at Imphal. Dinner on the guests.

5th November 2020

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit to the Indian War Cemetery at Imphal.

This will be followed by a Walking Tour of Imphal including Kangla Fort and the Ima Market. The walk will include a history of Polo and the Anglo-Manipuri conflict of the 1890s. 

Lunch at OK Chicken, a restaurant with a curious World War II link. 

Afternoon free and dinner on the guests.

6th November 2020

Check-out from hotel after breakfast.

Drive to Maibam Lokpaching (Red Hill) to visit the newly inaugurated Imphal Peace Museum dedicated to Manipur's World War II History, as well as an older Japanese Peace Memorial.

If weather permits, we will take a short hike up the adjacent Red Hill to explore the remains of the fierce battle that took place there in May 1944. The Battle of Red Hill is considered to be a turning point for the Japanese offensive into India and was one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. 

We will start for Moirang and take a detour via the Old Silchar Track, a crucial battle site between the Japanese-INA coalition and the British-Indian Army.

Local lunch at Moirang.

Visit the INA Museum and INA Headquarters building in Moirang. The Museum is located near the spot where the INA hoisted the Indian flag ​for the first time on liberated Indian soil. 

Check-in at Sendra Resort, situated on a hillock in the middle of Loktak Lake.

Evening off. Dinner at the resort on the guests.

7th November 2020

Breakfast at the resort.

Visit to Keibul Lamjao National Park, the home of the endangered Sangai Deer. 

Check-out and local lunch at Moirang.

Return to Imphal Airport for an afternoon flight to Kolkata.

PRICE: INR 80,000/PERSON

Price includes: Return Airfare (CCU-IMF-CCU), 3-Star Accommodation (on double-sharing basis), Two Meals per day (generally breakfast and lunch; lunch and dinner provided on Day 1), All Transportation during the tour (except for airport pick-up and drop-off in Kolkata), Research and Guiding Charges, and All Entry and Permit Fees. 

If you want to fly in and out of Imphal from any airport other than Kolkata (CCU), please let us know. Joining the tour directly at Imphal is possible, but it will be subject to an additional charge based on actual airfare from your preferred airport.

HOW TO BOOK

Please send an email to see@heritagewalkcalcutta.com expressing your interest in joining the tour. We will provide you with our bank account details for you to make the initial transfer (see below). You can either deposit the money in cash/cheque (subject to realisation) or make a direct bank transfer via NEFT/IMPS. After you have deposited the money, please email us the transaction reference. You will be issued with a receipt once the money has been received in our account.

 

Please note: Since we have a limited number of spots for this tour (only 8 places), we cannot hold bookings unless the initial payment is made.

 

We will then ask for your passport or other ID details and biographical information to book your flight and stay. The details will be stored securely with us until the end of the tour, at which time all information will be securely destroyed. 

We will also email you a health and safety form for you to fill in and return to us. This is mandatory.

 

HOW TO PAY

Advance payment for INR 40,000/person is required on or before 30th July 2020 to reserve a spot. This fee is partially refundable, in case you have to cancel the participation on the tour.  

The balance of INR 40,000/person must be paid on or before 1st October 2020 to confirm participation.

Flat 1, 238, Satin Sen Sarani, Kolkata 700054

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