Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in all of northeast India. It’s home to the Sangai (bearded deer) and is the only lake in the world which has floating islands.
Given below are a few must-do things while at Loktak lake.
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Living with a Manipuri family is the best way to get a first-hand experience of what life along the lake is like.
Morning boat ride
Wake up early in the morning and leave for a boat ride deep into the heart of Loktak lake. These are long-tail fishing boats which are used to navigate through the lake.
Loktak lake is home to the only floating islands in the world. These islands are made out of decomposed biomass and are used by local fishermen. The islands have small thatched roofing which is used as a home on a regular basis. A visit to one of the fisherman islands is an absolute must.
Nearly all the vehicles around Loktak lake travel with at least 4-5 people on the top of the roof. It’s a common way of travel for the locals but it’s surely a thrilling experience for everyone who comes to visit the place.
Fishing is the major occupation of people from Loktak lake. Hire a boat or simply stand along the banks of the lake and fish. Even if you are a rookie you’ll surely end up catching at least a dozen if not more.
Hike up to the top of any hill which is overlooking the lake and you will witness arguably the best sunset of your life. As the sun starts to go down by 16:00 HRS, the entire lake and it’s floating islands change colour to a striking golden shade. The sunset at Loktak lake is one of which words won’t do justice to how awesome it is.
Keibul Lamjao National Park is home to the Sangai (deer-like animal) and is also the world’s only floating national park.
Visit the island of Karang
A short passenger boat ride and you will reach the island of Karang. It offers travellers plenty of viewpoints from where one will get an excellent view of the lake and the floating islands.
Attend a local function
Loktak lake and Manipur has plenty of festivals all year round. If you happen to be there during a festival or function (marriage) it’s an absolute must to experience their celebration. If you happen to stay there for 3-4 days you will surely be invited to at least one such gathering.
Stay a couple of days
Loktak lake is the kind of place which will grow on you. Since you have made such a long journey it’s advisable to stay a couple of days if not more just chilling and soaking in the atmosphere of the largest freshwater lake in northeast India.
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