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Floating National park: Keibul Lamjao National park

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A national park in the Bishnupur district of Manipur state of India, the Keibul Lamjao National park is only Floating national park in the world. Manipur is located in the North-eastern part of India.  The Keibul Lamjao National park is situated on the lake Loktak, the largest freshwater lake in India. The most prominent attraction of this lake is the extinct eld’s deer and reindeer, which is also known as Manipur Sangai. It is also called as dancing deer that makes Bishnupur and Manipur famous.

Sangai-Dancing Deer
Sangai-Dancing Deer
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The park was initially a sanctuary in the year 1966 and was declared to be a national park in 1977. An exclusive feature of Loktak lake is a series of floating islands called Phumdis. The Keibul national park floats on one such phumdi located at the south-eastern side of Loktak lake. The phumdi is a mixture of vegetation, soil and organic matter. Between the phumdis, the waterways system is used by locals to pass through the park.

Phumdi - feature of Loktak lake
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Flora and Fauna in Keibul National Park

The flora is of a submerged kind and the vegetation forms a thick cover on the water surface.  The most important plants used to be tou, singut, and khoimom. Travelers can enjoy a particular variety of wild rice grows in the area and some other endemic plants too.

FLora and Fauna Phumdi Loktak lake
Flowers and Animals of Loktak Lake
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A tourist must-visit Keibul National Park to witness the exotic Sangai in the local Meitei dialect, which is the brow-antlered deer which is the main attraction and animal of Keibul Lamjao National park. The national park is termed to be their last refuge, thus to see the endangered species, visit the tourist destination in north-eastern India. The other mammals that a traveler can see are hog deer, wild boar, jungle cat, flying fox, and sambar. Birds, amphibians, and reptiles are also included in the wildlife of Keibul National Park.

Best way and time to see Keibul Lamjao National Park

The trip to the park is an adventurous one as it involves a boat trip along the route. For tourists, Manipur Tourism runs day tours from Imphal to the Keibul Lamjao National Park and the Loktak Lake. November and March are the best time to see Keibul Lamjao park as interesting sightings of migratory birds can be seen, and are climatically suitable months as in monsoon season, humidity level goes very high.

How to Reach Keibul Lamjao National Park

By Air: Manipur’s capital, Imphal is at a distance of 53 km. from the park is connected by flight to major cities like Delhi, Guwahati, and Calcutta.  

By Rail: Dimapur (215 km. from Imphal) is the nearest railhead. Jiribam, a small town on Manipur’s border, 225 km. from Imphal is an alternative, from where one can move towards Keibul Lamjao by road.

By Road: Imphal is connected by road with Guwahati (469 km.) through National Highway No.39 and Silchar through National Highway No. 53. The park is about 48 km. from Manipur’s capital, Imphal and can be approached by bus or on private vehicles.

Seema Jain

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