Loktak Lake is a beautiful freshwater lake in Manipur. It is located near Moirang and deemed to be the largest freshwater lake in North East India. Characterized by the floating vegetation called ‘phumdi’, Lokatk Lake is also known to be the only ‘Floating Lake’ in the world.
Loktak Lake is a natural treasure for Manipur which not only adds to the exotic natural beauty of the state but also plays a very significant role in the economy of the state. Loktak is the main source that drives the power, irrigation, and drinking water supply of the state. The lake is rich and abundant in bio-diversity. The most beautiful aspect of the Loktak Lake is the ‘phumdi’ which is a heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matters at various stages of decomposition. There are several ‘phumdis’ floating all over the entire stretch of the lake giving it an amazing perspective. These floating ‘phumdis’ are sturdy enough to build thatched huts upon them and make great settlements for the local fishermen.
Located just about an hours drive away from the capital city, Imphal, the Loktak Lake is much more than a freshwater lake. It is also home to some of the rarest and endangered species of flora and fauna. The brow-antlered deer, Sangai, which is the charm of the state thrives on the natural habitat in the Keibul Lamjao National Park which, in fact, is a rich contiguous stretch of ‘phumdi’ at the precinct of the Loktak Lake.
Loktak Lake is not just a lake; it is indeed a way of livelihood for the people, a source of great economic sustenance, a natural treasure of amazing flora and fauna, and a major tourist attraction. A view from the Sendra Island provides a breathtaking perspective of this amazing lake. So, if you are in Manipur, make sure you stop by and amaze yourself at the beauty and uniqueness of the Loktak Lake.
For more info on the Loktak Lake and its bio-diversity, check out the wikipedia page.
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