The biggest freshwater lake in Northeast India, Loktak is 45 km outside of Imphal. You can watch the fishermen harvesting water chestnuts on the floating islands called phumdis or take a leisurely boat ride. The Sendra Island Tourist Bungalow (contact Classic Hotel, Imphal for details) offers stunning views of the lake and its rich plant and avian life.

On the southern tip of the lake, 55 km from Imphal, is the Keibul Lamjao National Park (Timings: 9.30 am-5.00 pm). The world’s only floating national park, this is the lone natural habitat of the sangai, or the brow-antlered deer. You will also find a host of migratory birds here between November and March.

Sanjoy Ghosh
The serene waters of Loktak Lake
The serene waters of Loktak Lake

WHERE TO STAY AND EAT

Stay at the Sendra Island Tourist Bungalow (Imphal Tel: 0385-2443967/ 69; Tariff: ₹ 2,750, with breakfast). It offers four cottages, a café and great views of the lake.

When to go October to March, as the weather is very pleasant Location At Moirang, 45 km from Imphal Air Nearest airport: Imphal Rail Nearest rail: Dimapur