Located around 48 km away from Imphal, Loktak boasts of being the largest freshwater lake in North East India. The lake can be seen from the tourist bungalow set atop Sendra Island. The shimmering blue waters and the colourful water plants make it look beautiful. Designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, the lake has an important role in the economy of Manipur.
Loktak Lake Manipur is managed by the Loktak Development Authority (LDA), established in 1987. The LDA introduced a management plan in the year 1993, which later on emphasized on the development of agriculture, fisheries and tourism.
During the 80s, the Manipur Government introduced many species of amphibians, fishes, insects and plants. They have caused perturbations to the ecosystem of the lake and these species.
The lake serves as a major source of water for irrigation, hydro power generation and drinking water supply. It is also a source of livelihood for the local fisherman, residing in the surrounding areas. The lake is also known as the Floating Lake due to the floating phumdis on it.
The Keibul Lamjao National Park, one of the most popular tourist places in Manipur lies in the southeastern region of the lake. Known as the last natural refuge for the Manipur brow-antlered deer, the park is home to other endangered species like Pythons.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Manipur is between October and March as during this time, the state experiences a mild and pleasant winter that is full of sunshine.
How to Reach
By Air: Imphal Tulihal Airport located about 8km from the heart of Manipur is the nearest airport which directly connects to the major cities of India namely Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and major cities of North Eastern States.
By Rail: Dimapur is the nearest railway station.
By Road: Manipur is well connected with Dimapur by road which in turn connects it to other main cities.
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