With history, culture and divinity playing a major part in our holiday trip to Manipur, we were in for some nature and wildlife too. Kids had a wonderful time, except at some places where they felt bored and overfed by the history. I too agree to it, so I included some fun in our agenda and that is when we planned to visit the national park in Manipur. My attempts are boosted up by the enthusiasm of my children and also my husband. If we have some exciting things to do in a holiday then their joy knows no bounds. We got ready quickly while my husband made some arrangements to reach the Keibul Lamjao National Park Manipur, also the world’s only floating park.
My kids are extremely fond of going to zoos and this trip was naturally too enthusiastic for them. We took some snacks and water with us, which proved very useful, especially for my children. Being an important part of the Loktak Lake, this national park is located in the Bishnupur district of Manipur. It is famous for being the natural refuge of the endangered Brow-antlered deer or the Dancing deer of Manipur. This deer is also known as the Sangai deer and is found only in this part of the country.
The park that is located in the south-eastern side of the Loktak Lake is a swamp with floating mass of vegetation (called phumdis). It has been declared a Ramsar site. Of the total area of the park, two third to three fourth part is formed by phumdis. Many kinds of fauna are there including sangai, large Indian civet cat, hog deer, wild boar, common otter, tortoise, krait, viper, python, cobra, common lizard, etc.
Many lovely birds like East Himalayan pied Kingfisher, Northern Hill Myna and Yellow headed wagtail, Crimson-breasted pied wood pecker and many more could be seen in this sanctuary. My husband was busy clicking the photos of this amazing wildlife, whereas my kids were excited to see them. I had to keep an eye on my kids besides enjoying the view. The Keibul Lamjao National Park Manipur was a wonderful experience added to our Manipur trip. Our last destination was the Leimaram Waterfall Manipur.