The largest fresh water lake in the country, Loktak Lake and the Sendra Island on it, are one of the most beautiful attractions of the state. Situated about 50 km from Imphal, Loktak Lake is situated in the valley of Imphal and is home to all the rivers and rivulets that run in the state of Manipur.
Loktak Lake and Sendra Island present a combination of beauty unmatched anywhere else in the country. One is the largest freshwater lake in India while the other a floating island made of organic waste on the very same lake, housing the only tourist home in the area. The Lake consist within itself many other floating islands which sustain fishermen villages and are also made of organic waste. The pristine water, the labyrinth of boat routes, the greenery of the surroundings and the riveting crimson sunset, provide one a mesmerizing site. Loktak Lake and Sendra Island are treasures of a dynamic ecosystem and demand protection and preservation. In recent years human encroachment has led to shrinkage of the lake.
Being the largest freshwater lake in North Eastern India, Loktak Lake is also called the only Floating lake in the world due to the floating phumdis which is a heterogeneous mass of soil, vegetation and organic matters that takes place at various stages of decomposition. The lake has a significant role in the economy of Manipur and is considered to be the lifeline for the locals due to its importance in their socio-economic and cultural life. Also, the ancient Loktak Lake serves as a source of water for hydropower generation, drinking water supply and irrigation. Not just this, but visiting the place one could see how the Loktak Lake is a source of livelihood for the rural fisherman who lives in the surrounding areas. Adding a little more to it the lake was initially designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention on March 23 1990, considering the ecological status and the biodiversity values of Loktak Lake.
Best Time To Visit Loktak Lake
The climate in Manipur is largely tropical and hovers around the pleasant temperature range of 25-35 degrees which means one can visit the breathtaking lake any time of the year. Since Manipur is a hilly region one needs some layers during the evening for protection from cold.
How to Reach Loktak Lake
Loktak lake is located 39 km from Imphal, the capital city of Manipur which is well connected by road and air.Watch this space for More Wonder places in India.