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At a surprising surface area of 287 sq km, Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in India and is situated in Moirang in Manipur. It is popular for the Phumdis, a floating mass of vegetations, soil and other organic substances that can allow a person or more to settle on it. The largest phumdis are about 40 sq km and are mostly found on the southeastern shore of the lake. 

Facts About Loktak Lake

Over the years, Loktak Lake has served as a sustainable source for the villages settling nearby. It supplies fish, fresh water for drinking, water supply for irrigation and later on a source for hydroelectricity. Far beyond these necessities, this lake is an absolute charm. Check out some facts about this lake:

  • Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in India.
  • The floating mass of lands in some regular and irregular patterns called Phumdis are found on the surface of the lake. The aerial view will definitely blow your mind away.
  • Keibul Lamjao National Park situated on the Phumdis is the only floating national park in the world. 
  • It is alarming to admit but the national park is the only natural habitat for a small herd of deers called Sangai, an endangered species believed to be one of the three subspecies of Eld’s deer. 
  • A conservative inspiration to preserve and maintain the Sangai Deer, the Sangai Festival, an annual extravaganza is held in the state. The event usually takes place on the last week of November. 
  • The Sangai Deer is also recognized as the state animal of Manipur. 
  • Loktak Lake and Keibul Lamjao National Park both together hold the ultimate tourist spot in Manipur Tourism. 

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