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The Shenam Saddle Tour - On the Road to Burma/Myanmar

One of the main sectors of fighting during the Battle of Imphal was the road between Palel in India and Tamu in Burma/Myanmar and the section the British called the Shenam Saddle in particular. This was a series of hills between the villages of Shenam (Sinam) and Tengnoupal along the road on which British forces had established defensive positions to prevent the Japanese from advancing towards the Imphal Valley.

Perhaps the most stirring introduction to this area is in the book Imphal – A Flower on Lofty Heights: “They are hills unknown to the outside world, but they will remain always in the memories of those who fought there. They were the scene of some of the most ferocious fighting of the whole war, and hundreds and hundreds of British, Indian, Gurkha and Japanese soldiers lost their lives on these hills..."

This tour takes you to the very hills that made up the Shenam Saddle position on the road to Burma/Myanmar. Hear all about the fierce fighting in the area and see if you can spot trenches dating back to 1944. At a height of some 5,000 feet, take in some truly spectacular views on all sides. The pretty Kakching Garden en route is included, as is a visit to the Khongjom War Memorial, where you learn about the Khongjom War or Anglo-Manipuri War of 1891.

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Note: Manipur is subject to frequent and sudden road closures. While we keep a close eye on the situation, these closures and disruptions can't always be anticipated. We do our best to ensure the tours take place in a secure manner and advise our guests accordingly. However, Battle of Imphal Tours will not be held liable for any extra costs incurred by guests for changes to air tickets and/or hotel reservations due to unexpected disruptions in Manipur.