World’s ONLY Floating National Park
Keibul Lamjao National Park, situated in the wonderful city of Manipur, floats over the amazing Loktak Lake. Covering an area of around 40 square kilometres, Keibul Lamjao is entitled as the “World’s Only Floating National Park”. It looks intoxicating and like a realm of waterways and floating meadows, referred to as phumdi by the locals.
One of the most interesting thing about this natural paradise, is that not many people know about it. It’s a hidden treasure. Preserved and Conserved by the government and the locals of Manipur.
The Loktak Lake | The Mother
The local people or the Meiteis consider the lake to be The Mother, the giver of life. And they treat it just like that too. The local fishermen and other local people always treat the waters of the lake to be divine.
As we speak of a national park, how can we not mention the animals roaming around the area, right.
Although having an extraordinary existence, the national park still consists of many interesting species of flora and fauna. All the colorful plants as well as the different species of animals can be found on the park.
The endangered Sangai, a subspecies of brow-antlered deer are found specifically on this floating national park and not anywhere else on the planet.
In the more recent years, when people have been trying to head towards the off-the beaten path track in tourism, this hidden gem of the Indian Subcontinent – the floating national park, remains relatively unknown outside the region.
One interesting thing about the Sangai Deer is that it is the state animal of Manipur. And it was believed to be extinct after last seen in 1950. But 3 years later, a horde of Sangai deer were found hovering around its natural habitat. The state government has been taking positive measures to conserve and maintain the presence of the endangered species.
Also, the Sangai Deer is known as the dancing deer too. It’s hooves are peculiarly adapted for walking on the phumdis. The floating stance and light movements of the animal gives it the dancing vibes and hence, the name.
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