Manipur is mosaic of ancient traditions and rich cultural patterns. In the field of art and culture, the State is best represented by its classical and folk dance forms. Raas Leelas depicts the Leelas (Sports) of Lord Krishna as a child with Gopies (milkmaids) of Brindavan, and express their yearning for communion with the Lord. The Raas Dance is perfectly lyrical and has extremely graceful movements. A spring festival, the Lai-Haraoba held in April-May is symbolized by a traditional stylized and ritualistic dance performed for peace and prosperity. The Tribal folk dances are an expression of nature, creativity and aestheticism of the tribal way of life. One can be charmed by the colourful costumes, dance and unique rituals in festival such as Lui-Ngai-Ni (Seed sowing festival of Nagas of Manipur) an annual event and State Holiday. Bests of Best Naga tribe culture is showcased on the stage, KUT (the largest festival of Kuki-Chin-Mizo communities) an annual event and State Holiday. Best of the Kuki-Chin-Mizo tribe culture is showcased on the stage.
Blessed with an amazing variety of flora and fauna, 67% of the geographical area of Manipur is hill tract covered with green forests, Churachandpur and Tamenglong districts has bamboo forests. In a small area of about 22,000 sq. km, Manipur has alpine forests of pines, grasslands and meadows at Dzuko and Siroi, coveted the world over, some of the most beautiful and precious blooms and orchids abound in their natural habitat spreading their beauty and colour, stunning the eyes that is not used to seeing them in such profusion. There are about 500 varieties of Orchids which grow in Manipur of which 472 have been identified. The Hoolock Gibbon, Slow Loris, clouded Leopard spotted Linshang, Mrs. Humes Barbacked pheasant, Blyths Tragopan, Burmese Pea-Fowl, four different species of Hornbills etc. form only a part of the rich natural heritage of Manipur. Nong-in is the State bird of Manipur.
The handloom and handicrafts items of Manipur are the rare souvenirs for tourists. It is an indispensable aspects of the socio-economic life. There is a saying that every woman of Manipur is a born weaver. There are more than 33 different communities in the State having their peculiar exquisite designs of traditional and indigenous handloom fabrics.
Manipur pottery is crafted without a potters wheel. It is rare experience.