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Keibul Lamjao National Park, is a floating national park in the world!

Yes, you heard it right! If you’re looking for an adventure that will blow your mind, then you’re in the right place.

Located in the north-eastern state of Manipur, the park is home to the dancing deer, locally known as Sangai. So, don’t forget to carry your binoculars and a good camera to capture some amazing pictures of this rare creature.

As you make your way through the vast expanse of nature, you’ll come across over 450 varieties of orchids, 100 species of aquatic flora, and numerous species of birds. It’s like being in a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers. The East Himalayan Pied Kingfisher, Black Kite, ducks, and even migratory birds flock to this area.

The national park was initially a sanctuary, but it was later declared a National Reserve in 1977 due to the endangered status of the dancing deer. Unfortunately, due to human activities, the natural reserve has been reduced, but the view of the phumdis in the crystal clear lake waters under the striking blue skies is a sight to behold.

The park consists of floating masses of vegetation called phumdis that were formed over time due to an accumulation of organic matter and soil particles. Some phumdis float across the lake, while others are held in position with roots attached to the ground. It’s like walking on a waterbed with some heavy mammals surviving on them!

Apart from the dancing deer, the park is also home to other animals like Wild Boar, Jungle Cat, Golden Cat, and even snakes like Viper, Krait, and Cobra. So, make sure to keep the decibels low and not litter the area.

To make the most of your trip, ensure you wear appropriate clothing, carry necessary gear like binoculars, a good camera, caps/hats, decent hiking shoes/boots, raincoat, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Also, don’t forget to carry enough water to keep yourself hydrated.

The park is supervised 24×7 by forest officials, so you can explore the area with ease. The best time to visit the park is between October and March when the lake water levels are suitable for exploration. The Sangai deer mostly comes out during the early morning and late afternoon, so plan your trip accordingly.

In conclusion, the Keibul Lamjao National Park is a unique and magical place that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. So, pack your bags, wear your adventure hat, and get ready to explore the only floating national park in the world!

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