The origins of the swallowing lake, or Palak Dil, in the Palak Wildlife Sanctuary, is shrouded in legends. The oval-shaped water body is southern Mizoram’s biggest natural lake, covering an area of about 1 sq km. It is surrounded by a lush tropical forest and is home to a rich aqua-fauna ecosystem. Various types of fish and crab are found in the lake and the surrounding forest is home to the wild pig, the tiger and the Asiatic black bear. Rarely-seen birds such as the spot-breasted scimitar babbler, the black-capped kingfisher and the white-rumped munia are also found here.How to reach: Guwahati has connecting flights to Aizawl, the nearest city. Hire a cab.Must-see: This place is believed to be a favourite winter stop for the migrating pintail duck.USP: Mists transform the lake into a magical land. Sometimes you may not even see anything in the thick mist.Travel Tip: Travel between October and March. Also carry a good binocular for bird watching.