The Chandel District (formerly known as Tengnoupal District) came into existence on May 13, 1974.It is the border district of the state. Its neighbours are Myanmar (erstwhile Burma) on the south, Ukhrul district on the east, Churachandpur district on the south and west, and Thoubal district on the north. It is about 64 km. away from Imphal. The National Highway No. 39 passes through this district.The district is inhabited by several communities. It is sparsely inhabited by about 20 different tribes. They are scattered all over the district.
The tourist places located at Chandel district of Manipur are listed Below:
Moreh is a small border town in the Indo-Myanmar border. It is inhabited mainly by the Kukis and some other ethnic communities like the Meiteis, Nagas, Nepalis, Sikhs, Bengalis, Biharis, Rajasthanis, Tamils, Nepalese, etc. There is a thriving trade between India and Myanmar through this town. With the legal trade there also exist thrives illegal trade, mostly opium, going on through this town. To control this town there was a huge tussle between the militant groups, KNA of the Kukis and NSCN(IM) of the Nagas, which resulted in ethnic conflict between the two resulting in the loss of thousands of lives in the early 1990s. Of late, the Kukis want to benefit largely from this thriving border trade and increasing their livelihood.
69 km (43 mi) from Imphal and 20 kilometers off Chandel lies Tengnoupal which offers a complete picturesque view of the Manipur valley. The highest point on the Indo-Myanmar Road, from here, you can have a full view of the valley of Myanmar.