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Loktak Lake

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Home to 'hidden paradise' is Keibul Lamjao which is known as one of the most unique place in the world for being the only floating National park! Situated on the fringes of the famous Loktak Lake, the Keibul Lamjao National park is the last natural habitat of 'San-gai' - the dancing deer of Manipur. Thought to be extinct in 1951, it has been rediscovered since then and is perhaps the most endangered deer species now. The Loktak Lake, which is really what the park is all about, is covered almost completely by floating mats of the dense aquatic grass known locally as “phurri”. The actual jewels of the lake are these 'floating' islands. These are actually just thickly inter meshed bundles of weeds and plant life, which become the habitat for all kinds of wildlife from hog deer and boar to wild cats, and naturally a huge cross-section of birds. The local fishermen live in huts, built on these numerous floating islands. The prime attractions of the lake are its two exquisite islands, Thanga and Ka-rang. If one wants a better view, one should go atop the Sendra Island, which offers a bird's eye view of the park and its inhabitants. It is also possible to explore the park by travelling around in tiny small boats. One can also climb up the watchtower, located on the hillock of Be-bet Ching, to get a more panoramic view of the park in all its majesty.

Climate | When to Visit

During the month of February, the park is full of water birds along with some migratory birds.Yaosan
Visit during: November to March

Directions | How to Reach

1Hr/30Km drive from state capital Imphal via NH150. Nearest Air and Rail link is Gauhati,Assam.

miscellaneous | Important Information

Foreign passport holders are required to obtain permits to visit Manipur. Permits are available at: •Foreigners' Section, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market, New Delhi. •Foreigner's Regional Registration office, Annex 2, Police Commissioner's Office, D N road, near Crawford Market, Bombay, tel # 022-022-2610446, 268222.

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