The city had been exactly what I had imagined it to be and more; it was completely different to anything else I had seen on the subcontinent, the people were full of colourful and passionate conversation and the lake was truly beautiful with the background of the Himalayas faded under haze. Yet, I’d felt much safer than I perhaps thought I would, the media always driving a particular fear of certain places, and in fact, after I left I found myself telling people, “Go to Srinagar and spend time there,” because only then can you truly understand it… Read about my time in Srinagar, Kashmir.
I knew two things about Manipur before crossing the border from Myanmar to India: the first was that it is known as the “jewelled land” and the second is that Lonely Planet calls it the Northeast’s most dangerous state. Two contradicting pieces of information. I soon discovered it was much closer to the first thing, thanks to the beauty of Loktak Lake, the world’s only floating lake.