This is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India and also known as the only floating national park in the world. It is formed of floating swamps, home to lots of birds, animals and aquatic plants. The lake is very important for the economy of Manipur as it is the main source of income for the people living nearby, primary source of water for the state and is important for hydro power generation as well. Loktak Lake is only a couple of hours away from Imphal, the capital city of Manipur and is gaining popularity amongst tourists because of it rich bio diversity and serenity.
Loktak Lake: only floating lake in the worldFrom Imphal you will get shared cabs to town near loktak lake. Loktak lake is world's only floating lake.Where to stay?few homestays are available near loktak lake. also some homestays are floating in lake. You can experience floating homestay in Loktak lake.Things to do:keibul lamjao national park: Only floating national park in the world also famous for dancing deer or shangai deer.Sendra Island: you can experience the beauti from Sendra Island.
After an early breakfast, take a bus, shared or personal taxi (depending on your budget) down to Moirang. Vehicles from Imphal ply from the Jiribam-Imphal road, close to the intersection near Ima Keithel. The journey is a little over an hour and a half long for a distance of about forty-odd kilometers. Moirang is a nondescript town at the head of Loktak Lake, the largest freshwater lake in north eastern India. Literally translated as the ‘stream at the end’, Loktak Lake is famous for its phumdis or floating masses of vegetation and organic matter, the largest of which has the Keibul Lamjao National Park, the only floating national park in the world and the last natural refuge of the endangered Sangai or brown-antlered deer - Manipur’s state animal.Loktak Lake plays a vital role in Manipur’s economy service as a source of water for hydropower, irrigation and drinking water supply. It is also a source of livelihood for local fishermen, who create ataphum or phumid-like rings for harvesting fish. You would have seen these rings from the air, as your flight approached the Imphal Airport.The lake in itself is gorgeous. And a boat ride is a great way of sensing how large it actually is. Its surrounding areas are perfect for exploring by foot or on a bike. And you could also visit the small island of Karang by boat. Taxis ply from Moirang to the Keibul Lamjao National Park as well.Tuck into traditional Manipuri fare at the Sendra Tourist Home
It took a little more than an hour for us to reach Loktak Lake. I was disappointed yet again with the place being too mainstream & commercialised. I had though of spending the night at Loktak itself, and moving to Moreh early in the morning next day, but it happened out to be that I would have to take a route back towards Imphal to reach Moreh. Hence, I dropped the plan and decided to move back to Imphal. The resort at Loktak, anyway, was priced at 2.5k per night, and seemed more suitable for a touristy couple. I took a boat ride across Loktak towards the sunset. Though it was only 4.15, the sky had turned crimson. I tried to jump down to a large phumdi, but as soon as the boatman set hus foot on it to check if it was safe, it submerged a little, and we decided not to do that. Before I got back to my cab, I caught a picture of the Supermoon over the Loktak Lake.