The Indian state of Manipur is located in northeastern India. Imphal is the capital of this Indian state. The state is bordered by the other Indian states like those of Mizoram towards the south, Nagaland to the north, and Assam in the west. The state has the country of Burma located in the east. The state of Manipur comprises of Naga, Kuki, Gurkha, and Meitei. The state of Manipur is spread in an area of 22,347 square kilometers. Geographically the state of Manipur is located in the Southeastern Asia region.
The main population of the state is the Meiteis (Meeteis), these people primarily reside in the valley region of the state and they contribute to almost 60% of the total ethnic population, however they only occupy 10% of the total land area. The main language of these people is known as, Meiteilon Meeteilon, this is also known as Manipuri, is also the lingua franca in the state, and this language was recognized as one of the national languages of India in 1992. Apart from the Meiteis, people belonging to the other religions like Nagas, Islam, Kukis, and Hamars also reside in the Indian state of Manipur.
Manipur is often regarded as very sensitive border state. Prior to 1st January 2011, all the foreigners entering Manipur were required to possess a Restricted Area Permit.