Shirock 2018 to feature two international bands from USA playing for the first time in India
Cultural performances, exhibits, folk songs and indigenous games
Camps, treks to the gorgeous Shirui Hill Range and other adventure activities

Manipur Tourism has announced that the Shirui Lily Festival 2018 will be held from April 24-28, 2018 at Ukhrul district. The festival will be spread over multiple venues which include the Shirui Village Ground where the opening ceremony will be held on the 24 th April 2018, the TNL Ground where the closing ceremony will be held on 28 th April 2018 and the Bakshi Ground where the Shirock 2018 featuring two international bands from USA, SteelHeart and Queensrÿche will be held. The festival is sponsored by the Department of Tourism, Manipur to spread awareness about conservation of the endangered Shirui Lily and promote the district of Ukhrul as a tourist destination in Manipur. The festival is also being supported by NEC and aims to promote afforestation and sustainable tourism efforts in the state.

Keeping in view the huge inflow of both local and inbound tourists during the festival, over 1,100 home-stays have been identified in order to support about 3,000 overnight travellers visiting the festival every day. The main idea of promoting homestays is to develop it as a way of creating a sustainable livelihood for the locals. Travellers looking for accommodation at Ukhrul during the festival should visit www.shirockfest.com/accommodation.php for bookings/reservations. Actual allocation of rooms and payment for the same will be done at the Mini Secretariat at Ukhrul from 23rd April 2018 onwards. This is for the first time where homestays have been co-ordinated at such a scale for supporting tourist accommodations. Rooms are available in three categories (Category A – Rs. 1000 per person, Category B– Rs. 750 per person and Category C – Rs 500 per person). Camping facilities will also be available for accommodation on first come first serve basis.

Elaborate traffic management plan has been made with several roads declared one-way. Adequate parking sites have been identified and shuttle arrangements have also been put in place. Also, in order to facilitate easy commutation for visitors from Imphal to the festival, the Department of Tourism has arranged regular bus services from Imphal to Ukhrul district. Six buses will operate to and fro between Imphal and Ukhrul on subsidized fares during the festival. The buses shall depart ISBT Complex,
Deulahland at Imphal every day starting from 7:00 a.m. till 9:30 a.m. with an interval of 30 minutes between the departures of each bus. The buses shall return to Imphal on the same day between 2:00p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The festival promises an array of demonstrations which will highlight the age-old traditions and culture of the inhabitants of the district of Ukhrul. The five-day long celebration will showcase cultural performances by various cultural troupes from across the state, live music performances, exhibits, folk songs, traditional dances and indigenous games and sports competitions like the Shirui Lily Grand Prix besides other side events like camping and trekking and other adventure activities etc.

Manipur Tourism recognizes the importance of Shirui Lily as the State Flower of Manipur and the event is a part of its efforts to develop and implement sustainable and responsible tourism in the State. With huge number of travellers visiting the state in the previous edition of the festival, Manipur Tourism aims to double the number of visitor arrivals to the state in this edition of the festival.

 

Press Release: rNE/SLF18