Loktak Lake in Manipur at Bishnupur District is the largest freshwater Lake in the whole of India. This gorgeous lake is spread across 287sq km and is fed by five main rivers in Manipur. The Loktak Lake got its name from Meitei words Lok meaning stream tak meaning end hence it is the end of the Imphal River. Another unique feature of Loktak Lake is the floating mass of vegetation, these floating mass are called phumdis locally varying in thickness from 0.4 to 4.5 m deep.
Loktak Lake also has the famous Sendra Island resting on it, home to all the rivers and rivulets of Manipur and a famous tourist spot. The only floating National Park in the world is located in this lake called the Keibul Lamjao National Park that is home to sangai deer, wild boar, large Indian civet, otter, flying fox etc. Besides these animals there are a number of fish, amphibians, local and migratory birds and reptiles found in the park. Rock Python is the largest carnivore reptile on the floating islands of the lake.
In Manipur the Loktak Day is observed every year on 15th October at the periphery of the lake to celebrate its uniqueness. This lake is well connected by road to Imphal and is 39 km away. It also serves as a source of water for hydropower generation, irrigation and drinking water. The Lake is also a source of livelihood for the rural fishermen who live in the surrounding areas and on phumdis. With 55 rural and urban hamlets around the Loktak Lake and a population of about 100,000 people living at the edge of the Lake, there is an enormous ecological pressure on the Loktak Lake. Today, Loktak Lake is at the highest level of eutrophication. The green surroundings, crimson sunset by the lake, pristine water, the labyrinth of boat routes add on to the beauty of the lake.
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Manipur is the ‘land of jewel’, one of the seven sisters and a popular tourist attraction in northeast India. It has rich and long history and being on the cross road between south East Asia and rest of the country it has much to offer to tourist visiting the state. Manipur has natural, cultural as well historical places to visit.
The green rolling hills and valleys, waterfalls, natural caves and international borders magnetizes travelers to travel to Manipur. The capital city of Manipur Imphal is the gateway to Manipur tourist places since it is the only place with an airport. Some of the main tourist places of Imphal are Kanlgla fort, Shree Govindajee Temple, Manipur State Museum and the Ima Market, Mapal Kangjeibung, Red hill, Manipur Zoological Gardens, World War –II cemeteries etc. An hour and half drive from Imphal is the largest fresh water lake in Manipur, the Loktak Lake, which is world famous for its floating islands.
Ukhrul is the most popular hill destination in Manipur for tourist which is about 3 hours drive from Imphal. It is famous for Manipur’s Kachai Lemon and because of its uniqueness this lemon has been accorded geographical indication registration. Manipur also has beautiful natural waterfalls and the Sadu Chiru waterfall is one of them. Other waterfalls in Manipur are Kanglatongbi Shantipur Waterfall, Khoupum Waterfall, Thangshi Waterfall, to name a few.
Manipur is an ideal place for spelunking, with number of caves found in the hill tracts. The caves of Manipur are also associated with the history of the place. The Thalon Cave with a length of around 910 metres is around 185 kilometres from the Manipur’s state capital. While the Khangkhui Cave is a natural limestones cave in Ukhrul district. With opening of trade at the border town of Moreh with Tamu in Myanmar, a day visit to this place in Manipur has become a must on every tourist visiting Manipur. Read full article at: https://www.tourgenie.com/travel-diaries/travel-blogs/manipur-tourist-places