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Loktak is the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India famous for the floating islands made of decomposing vegetable matter. The name Loktakmeans Lok = "stream" and tak = "the end". The largest of the entire island covers an area of 40 km2 and is situated on the southeastern shore of the lake. Located on this island is Keibul Lamjao National Park is the only floating national park in the world. The park is the last natural refuge of the endangered Sangai or Manipur brown-antlered deer one of three subspecies of Eld's deer. Loktak Day is observed every year on the 15th of October at the periphery of the Loktak lake.

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Main livelihood of the area is fishing which almost all the villagers do. The uniqueness is that they set up temporary shelters on the floating islands which becomes base for their fishing trips on the lake. Visiting these small island on the fishing boat is one if the most unique experience.


Early morning boat ride on the lake for sighting birds and visiting one of the islands for sighting birds in their natural habitat. Prominent bird species here are both migratory and resident. Some of them are the East Himalayan pied kingfisher, black kite, lesser sky-lark, northern hill myna, Burmese pied myna, North Indian black drongos, lesser eastern jungle crow, yellow headed wagtail, spotbill duck, blue-winged teal, ruddy shell duck, threatened hooded crane, Burmese sarus,  sarus crane, Indian white-breasted waterhen and crimson-breasted pied woodpecker.

  • Near Co-Operative, Middle Sichey Gangtok, East Sikkim, India, 737101

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