Manipur, which literally means a ‘jewelled land’, is a gem of a holiday destination
11/2/2016 4:55:59 PM
|written By : Shreya Sriram|
There’s a reason why it’s known as the Switzerland of India. Manipur, which translates to “a jewelled land”, is located in North-East India amidst breath-taking hills and winding rivers. Its enchanting landscape makes it an ideal destination for those who admire nature’s wonders.
Forming a miniature sea on its own, the Loktak Lake offers visitors a once-in-a-lifetime view. Besides being the largest freshwater lake in the north-east, the Loktak Lake is the world’s sole floating lake – so called because of its floating islands. From the tourist bungalow, set atop Sendra island, visitors can get a bird’s eye view of the Loktak Lake, as well as the “Phumdis” or floating islands made up of vegetation, soil and organic matter in various stages of decomposition.
The sole floating park in the world, Keibul Lamjao National Park is located in the south-western part of the Loktak Lake. A moist semi-evergreen forest, the park is home to a rich array of flora and fauna, both aquatic and wetland.
The park is renowned for being the last remaining natural habitat of the marsh-friendly brow-antlered deer, or “Sangai”, as it is called by Manipur locals. It offers glimpses of various rare species of animals, such as the marbled cat and the Asian golden cat. With patience and luck, one could even spot the famous Himalayan black bear. Lovers of the wilderness would see the national park as nothing short of paradise.