Bordering Myanmar to the East, and Meghalaya and Nagaland within India, Manipur is a melting pot of religious practices, cultural traditions, and the purported birthplace of polo. Formerly animistic worshippers, today they are largely followers of the Vaishnavite strand of Hinduism, or Christian converts. Its capital, Imphal, is located at the bottom of a bowl-like valley in the centre of the state, as is India’s largest freshwater, Lake Loktak, famed for its floating islands. Manipur’s forested hills, which surround this central valley are home to the majority of its tribal communities. For the best weather, travel between the months of October and March.