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This is the largest freshwater lake in India and also one of the largest in the world. The only floating National Park, the Keibul Lam Jao National Park floats on this lake. Another important feature of this lake are the Phumdis which float on the lake in a large number. These look like islands but are not as they are thick depositions of organic waste and mud particles which have formed patches of vegetation known as phumdis. You will also see huts floating on these phumdis and sometimes blown away by the winds. The Lokatk Lake is about 50 km away from Imphal, the state capital and is an important tourist attraction.
You know that a particular place is special if its name literally translates to the "jewelled land". From professional sports to lip-smacking cuisine, from arts and culture to rich cultural heritage, Manipur lives up to its name with unprecedented elan. The state is so densely covered with forests that it's a breeding ground for the rarest of flora and fauna, as well as guerrilla armies. While visiting Manipur, it's recommended that you have a local for company at all times.Famous for: Classical dances and exquisite handicrafts.Places to Visit: Imphal (Kangla Fort for its historical and cultural importance), Moirang (for Keibul Lamjao, the only floating water national park in the world), Andro (the ancient Manipuri village with its own pottery and doll exhibitions).Things to Do: Spot the endangered Sangai in Keibul Lamjao National Park. Shop at the famous Ima Keithel Women's Market, one of the largest all-women's market in the world.Food: Unlike most of India, the cuisine in Manipur is super healthy, since the prime ingredients are chilly and pepper with little oil. Try ngri, the much-loved fermented fish.Climate: 0-12 degrees Celsius in winters. 35-40 degrees Celsius in summers.Best Time to Visit: October to March.Average Expenditure Per Head (excluding flights): Rs. 9,500 for 5 days.How to reach: The main airport of the state is Imphal Airport, where direct flights from Aizawl, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata and Silchar land.For an extended itinerary on Manipur, refer to this trip.