Battle of Imphal Tours expands WWII tours into Myanmar

Clockwise from top: Japanese war memorial near Mandalay, Taukkyan War Cemetery, Yaiphaba Kangjam and remnants of Sittang Bridge

Specialist WWII battlefield tour operator Battle of Imphal Tours has expanded its tour options beyond Imphal, where it is based, and Kohima in North-east India, with the launch of itineraries in neighbouring Myanmar.

Founded in 2012 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1944 Battle of Imphal in Manipur, India, the company now hopes to give tourists a fuller picture of the decisive Burma Campaign which started the downfall of Japanese imperial ambitions in Asia.

Clockwise from top: Japanese war memorial near Mandalay; Taukkyan War Cemetery; Imphal-based Yaiphaba Kangjam, who will lead all tours in Myanmar; and remnants of Sittang Bridge

“Myanmar and North-east India are bound together by their shared experience of the Second World War,” said Hemant Singh Katoch, founder of the tour company and publisher of two books about wartime Imphal.

“That’s why we now link the battlefield sites of Imphal and Kohima with those across Myanmar, which has dozens of historically significant locations. Only by covering both sides of the India-Myanmar frontier do you get a proper feel for the full drama and terrain of the Burma Campaign,” he said.

The company has launched the seven-day Essential Burma WWII Tour, the eight-day Chindits Tour, the 17-day Leisurely Burma WWII Tour and the 14-day Full Burma Campaign Tour.

Participants of the full trip may opt for a three-day extension in which they can cross from Manipur in North-east India to Myanmar using the Moreh-Tamu crossing, a route rich in strategic significance during the Burma Campaign.

Battle of Imphal Tours has linked up with Khiri Travel Myanmar, which will handle the logistics, transport and hotels often in remote areas of the country.

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