When you are in your office, looking at the calendar waiting for the holidays to come, where do you imagine yourself to be? Green landscapes, sparkling beaches or historical monuments? Try to imagine yourself floating on a national park, or should I say, a floating National Park? Yes, you read that right! Keibul Lamjao is the only floating national park in the world. Flourishing in the the north-eastern state of Manipur it is 40 square kilometers in area.
If you are imagining what this place might look like, then let me tell you that you are going to stand on a circular floating swamp also known as phumdis by the locals. The phumdis are basically masses of decaying vegetation, submerged in water and springy in texture. It can be quite challenging to walk on the phumdis due to its constant pulsation. It is an integral part of the Loktak Lake.
This place is brimming with flora and fauna of motley species living together in utmost harmony. To be numerically correct, there are 233 species of aquatic plants, more than 400 species of animals and about a 100 varied species of birds. Keibul Lamjao is the home to endangered brow-antlered deer also known as Sangai, which is the state animal of Manipur.