Manipur’s Best Kept Secret : The Floating Land of Loktak Lake

“Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself” – L. Wolfe Gilbert 

 To unravel such one secret of life, visit Loktak Lake.

Loktak Lake

Loktak lake situated in the charming land of Manipur. “Lok” which means ‘Stream’ and “Tak” means ‘End’. A trip to Loktak is entrancing and enchanting boat ride as it is accessible only by a small canoe. The largest freshwater lake in Northeast India is home to  clear lake, with green lands around, a silent hamlet with only  the sound of small canoes passing through the biomass and the oars hitting the river, the dancing deer ‘Sangai’ and chirping birds flying over your head.

Loktak lake is also famous for Phumdis and are several islands divided by small rivulets. Phumdis are heterogenous mass of vegetation, soil and organic matters at different stages of decay floating on the lake. They cover a large area of the lake. The Phumdis (also known as Phumshongs)  are an abode to the fishermen who live in and around the lake and a way to earn a livelihood. The phumdis and the huts are tied to a pole to stay put. You can feel the land pulsating beneath your feet giving us an intimate experience with our mother earth.

Keibul Lamjao National Park

Loktak also houses the  Keibul Lamjao National Park which is the world’s only floating national park. It is the only dwelling place of the endangered Sangai which is also the state animal deeply found in the legends and folklore of the Manipur. Sangai’s  a sign of respect between the nature and humans were once close to extinction in the during the 1950’s however due to state’s extreme care and conservation, the number of Sangai’s have increased to 260.

The Keibul Lmajao National Park

The Keibul Lmajao National Park is composed of moist semi-green forests. An amalgamation of aquatic, wetland and terrestrial ecosystem which will leave you in a transfix. It is an abode to hog deer, Indian civet, jungle cat, Asian golden cat, flying fox and several amphibians and reptiles. One can explore the park by rowing through the labyrinths of rivulets or go by foot on the land.

A trip to Loktak and rowing midst the Phumdis , the birds and animals and the people  in these biomass is a divine experience and one that will leave you mesmerised. It is the best way to connect to the nature and unravel the secrets of the living land.