Loktak Lake-(3/7) of 7 top places to visit in Manipur [Page7IN]
Loktak Lake is one of the most popular place in Manipur for national as well as international tourists. Loktak Lake is very attractive to the tourists for it’s natural greenery of flora and vast area, boating, birds and calm atmosphere.
The lake is home for 233 species of aquatic macrophytes of emergent, submergent, free-floating and rooted floating leaf types. 57 species of waterbirds and another 14 species of wetland associated birds have been noted in the lake including 28 species of migratory waterfowl. Most of the migratory birds are migrating from different parts of the northern hemisphere beyond the Himalayas. The list animals includes rare animals such as the Indian python, sambhar and barking deer.
The floating islands are everywhere in the lake. These are called phumdi. Phumdis are used by the local people for constructing their huts for fishing and other livelihood uses, and the bigger phimdis are inhabited by about thousands of people.
The largest phumdi is situated in the southeastern region of the Loktak Lake. The famous Keibul Lamjao National Park is formed on this phumdi. The Keibul Lamjao National Park park is the last natural refuge of the endangered Sangai (Manipur brow-antlered deer), one of the three sub species of the Eld’s deer listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. More about the park is written on the page for Keibul Lamjao National Park.
By Kishalaya Namaram – originally posted to Flickr as Loktak Lake, CC BY 2.0
How to reach Loktak Lake
The closest airport to Loktak Lake is Imphal Tulihal Airport. The closest railway junction is Dimapur railway station. Loktak Lake is easily accessible by using Manipur State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and some private bus services from all major towns of Manipur and surrounding areas.