Loktak Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world and the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India. You might wonder where is this lake located. It is located in the state of Manipur and is the main source of survival for more than 55 villages now. The depth of the lake is about 4.6m which is 15.1 ft. So, let’s understand what’s so unique and different about this lake.
This lake has an indifferent ecosystem known as Phumdi (Manipuri word which means floating soil mats and vegetation). In other words, Phumdis are a series of small floating islands. These islands are so solid that some villagers and fishermen have built huts over these Phumdis. According to the reports, more than 4000 live in these floating huts and have it their permanent dwelling. There is also a tourist lodge in one of the Phumdi. The largest Phumdi consists of 40 Sq. km and has Keibul Lamjao National Park. Yes ! you read it correctly.
This is a floating national park that consists of many endangered species of animals like Eld's deer or brow-antlered deer making it the only floating National Park in the world. It is also considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A waterway through the park provides year-round access by boats plying through the Loktak Lake.
There is a floating Laboratory as well in the Loktak Lake. This is a 15-meter long floating Laboratory where the researchers collect the water samples of the lake and check its quality. According to the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development, the floating laboratory contains all types of modern equipment like a water quality analyzer, which automatically checks 14 parameters at a time like temperature, acidity, salinity and electrical conductivity, among others.
Because of its unique scenery and other aspects, many tourists are attracted to this lake. You can also enjoy a dinner in the middle of the lake and a blissful sunset and relax in peace.