Keibul Lamjao National Park is the lone floating park in the world, situated inside the Loktak lake in North East India. Loktak lake is the largest freshwater lake among the Seven Northeastern states in Manipur state. Floating islands called Phumdis are the specialty of this lake.
Floating Islands in Loktak Lake
Phumdis occupies a large portion of this lake. Phumdis is the combination of masses of soil , vegetation and organic matter in various stages of decay.
The largest of such Phumdis in Loktak Lake is spread over an area of 40 square kilometers. This island was declared as a National Park of India in 1977. It’s called Keibul Lamjao National Park. Keibul Lamjao National Park is the only Floating National Park in the world.
Keibul Lamjao National Park is habitat to the endangered species of animal called brow-antlered deer (Cervus eldi eldi) or Sangai (as per IUCN). It is also called dancing deer. It is subspecies of Eld’s deer and is indigenous to Southeast Asia.
Loktak Lake is spread over an area of nearly 287 square kilometers. It is at an altitude of 2,521 feet (768.5 meters). Sandra and Phubala are two other major islands. All the islands can be visited by tourists.
Loktak Lake was declared as a Ramsar site. “Ramsar Convention” was held in 1971, at Ramsar (Iran). An International treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands was signed at this convention.
Moirang town is situated close to the lake. Indian National Army (INA) Museum is situated here. Indian National Army was founded in 1942, by Indian Prisoners of War, who were captured by Japan. INA was disbanded in the same year. In 1943, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose revived INA. A bronze statue of Subash Chandra Bose in full uniform is there in front of the museum here.
How Do I Go to Loktak Lake?
Loktak Lake is well connected by roads to Imphal. It is at around 40 kilometers from Imphal, the capital of Manipur state.
Loktak Lake Hotels and Resorts
Sendra Tourist Home is on the Sandra island. Phubala resort is situated on the Phubala island.