The largest freshwater lake in North -East India, Lok Tak is famous for the phumdis which is heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matters at various stages of decomposition floating over it. The meaning of Loktak in the local Manipuri dialect is Lok for "stream" and tak for "the end." Considering the ecological status and its biodiversity values, the lake was initially designated as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.
It needs a special mention that the Keibul Lamjao National Park is the last natural refuge of the endangered Sangai or Manipur brow-antlered deer, one of three subspecies of Eld's deer. This specificity draws thousands of visitors each year to the Loktak lake, making Manipur an exclusive tourist destination for nature lovers and also a hub of scientists and eco enthusiasts.
Well connected by road and air, Imphal, the capital city of Manipur is 39 km away from the lake, by road. The lake is a unique destination for tourism. The lake offers excellent opportunities for visitors to enjoy the beauty of the lake and its several islands located inside it that are studded with floating phumdis of different geometrical shapes. The important islands which offer facilities for visitors are the Sandra and Phubala with comfortable stay and transportation. You can also enjoy the ethnic food and other cultural events happen along the way which showcase the beauty and grandeur of Manipur as a whole.
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