Keibul Lamjao National Park, the only floating national park in the world, is located in the north-east Indian state of Manipur. It lies in the district of Bishnupur and is a vital part of Loktak Lake. The fact that it is a floating island is a unique feature that attracts nature enthusiasts and researchers from all over the world. This aspect of nature is magical and can only be seen only here, in Imphal. As one explores the National Park, they will come across many species including an endangered species of Deer, called the Brow Antlered Deer, Eld's deer or the dancing deer. This deer is locally called Sangai. So make sure you carry your binoculars and a good camera to capture some fabulous pictures.
The Keibul Lamjao National Park is a vast expanse of nature covering over 40 square kilometres of area. It is home to various species of plants and animals, including the migratory visitors. The beautiful park hosts over 450 varieties of orchids and has perfect climatic conditions for over 100 species of aquatic flora and numerous species of birds like East Himalayan Pied Kingfisher, Black kite, ducks etc.
The national park was initially a sanctuary, however, only after it was announced that the beautiful dancing deer is an endangered species was the park declared as a National Reserve in 1977. Due to infringement and demand by the locals, the natural reserve has also been reduced, but the mesmerising view of the phumdis in the crystal clear lake waters under the clear striking blue skies is a sight never to be missed.
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