Quirky places in Manipur Loktak lake is the only floating lake in the world and its amazing balls

Offbeat Places in Manipur: The pristine Loktak Lake, the largest freshwater lake in northeast India, is one of the most renowned tourist destinations in Manipur. The lake attracts visitors from far and wide due to its surreal beauty. It is famous for its floating circular bogs, known as phumdis in the local language. Seen from afar, the phumdis look like a collection of tiny round islands scattered across the huge shallow lake.Also Read – Offbeat Places in Uttarakhand: Incredible Beauty and Mysterious Charm of Roopkund Lake Makes It a Fascinating Travel Destination

Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in northeast India (Photo credit: Lonely Planet India/Twitter)

Phumdis, the circular floating bogs of Lake Loktak

The beauty of Loktak Lake

Loktak Lake is also known as the only floating lake. (Photo credit: Ankur Lahoty IIS/Twitter)

Phumdis are essentially floating patches of decaying plants, soil, and other organic matter. They are exclusive to this lake and locals have developed them further. Phumdis float during the monsoon season when water levels are at their highest, but during the dry season they cling to the bottom of the lake and draw nutrients from the ground using their roots. Read also – Unexplored Tourist Places in Maharashtra

Loktak Lake: panoramic view and beauty

    Loktak Lake

The pristine Loktak Lake in Manipur (Image source: Nat Geo Traveler India/Twitter)

No matter how many pictures or beautiful lakes you have seen, the first time you see one it will always leave you speechless. This lake, which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of miles of meadows and prairies, is located at the foot of a mountain range. Read also – Tourist places of Lucknow: the Bhool Bhulaiya of Bara Imambara and its impressive architecture make it a breathtaking destination

To live directly by the lake, tourists can book a homestay around the lake. Long fishing boats are best for exploring the lake early in the morning. Moreover, you can go to the nearby fishing islands and indulge in fishing. The fiery orb of the sun moves across the horizon, painting the sky an array of purple and gold colors. For the best sunset views, head to one of the hills bordering the lake.

Floating Island in Loktak Lake: Keibul Lamjao National Park

Keibul Lamjao National Park

The endangered brow horn deer and dancing deer are found in this natural park. (Photo Credit: Indian Backdrop/Twitter)

On a floating island in the center of the lake is Keibul Lamjao National Park. Due to its unique location on a natural floating island on the edge of a lake, it is the only natural park of its type on the entire globe. It is the only floating national park in the world. The winter season, from November to February, is the ideal time to visit Lake Loktak since you can see deer there.

Due to its importance for the socio-economic and cultural existence of the people, the lake plays a crucial role in the economy of Manipur and is considered as their lifeline. The historic Loktak Lake also provides water for irrigation, drinking water supply and hydroelectricity generation.

Be sure to visit this beauty on your next trip to Manipur!