Owing to the proximity to the border, the architecture and design of the buildings have a striking similarity to Nagaland. Mithun horns are a signature of Naga architecture and can be seen in the design of the community center.
There is no ‘sightseeing’ in Willong Khullen. I invariably walked and absorbed the place’s sights and sounds. Content in the lap of nature and devoid of commercial intrusion, wee places like these are the ones where you can opt to do nothing, just being.
Getting There: The best way to explore Willong Khullen is to do a day trip from Imphal. Around 120 kms from the state capital, the last stretch of 35 kms is through rough winding roads increasing the journey time to a total of 4-5 hrs one way. Cabs will typically charge Rs 4500 for a round trip.
Air India and Indigo have daily flights from Kolkata to Imphal.
Where to Stay
The Classic Hotel: One of the first star hotels to open in the state, it is the perfect choice for a short stay in the city. Conveniently located, the service levels are decent, rooms are clean and the food is good. Rooms start at Rs 2000 onwards.
The Classic Grande: Another property of the Classic group, it is a recently opened hotel and is the most luxurious stay option available in Manipur. Rooms start from Rs 3600 onwards.
Where to Eat
Luxmi Kitchen: Serves authentic Manipuri platter. Quick service and value for money, it is located near the Mother’s market.