On 3rd day of my Manipur trip, I checked out of my hotel and started walking on the street in search of a bus for Moirang. As per most of the travel blogs on Manipur, this was the place where I was supposed to get down one of the most beautiful destinations in Manipur, Loktak Lake.
I wandered and found nothing. I asked a gentleman to find out the exact spot from where the buses for Moirang would leave. He suggested taking an auto, then he stopped and asked one to stop. He spoke to the driver and then asked him to leave. He tell me that this auto wala is charging INR 100 till the bus stop while others only charge INR 70. He did this twice leaving all his work to help me out and only left when I found a ride.
Long story short, I reached Moirang from where my homestay owner, Mr. Ashok Sampacha came to pick me up. He purchased some stuff (pork, chicken and a lot of veggies) and gave them to me to hold while he drove his scooty. Soon, we were at a point from where I was supposed to catch a boat to reach the homestay. The boat was carved out of a small wooden log and would barely fit 4 to 6 people at once. in 10 min, I was in the middle of Loktak Lake, chilling at my homestay.
Life at Loktak Lake is relaxing but only for tourists. I cannot imagine the troubles of the locals who have to wake up early morning in order to catch the fishes.
The only way to explore Loktak Lake is on boat. My homestay had their own boats and they charged INR 100 for one trip. You should opt for a boat ride in the morning and one in the evening.