Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?
Ans: Though the park will not give you any tough time; there’s no record of any kind of inconvenience. But you should be a little careful.
Nearest Police Station: Keibul Police Station: Keibul Lamjao Road, Bishnupur, Manipur.
Que-02: Is photography allowed in this place?
Ans: Yes, Photography is allowed here. If you are a wildlife photographer by any chance then do not miss the chance of getting amazing shots of the floating park as well as the Sangai deer.
Que-03: Which time is best to visit the Keibul Lamjao National Park?
Ans: No specific season is notified with special advantages but you should visit this park in the early morning.As the environment remains calm and quite in the morning you will definitely get an amazing feel of the floating park.
Information for travelers:
From Moirang Bazaar, the national park is typically a 10 – 15 min drive which will take you to the top of a little hillock. The entire expanse of the 40 Sq. Km national Park can be enjoyed from the watchtower which is placed in the hillock. For each vehicle, Tickets are available at Rs. 100 and each person Rs. 30which is needed to be purchased at the entrance of the park itself. You will spot various colorful birds all around and on the Loktak lakeside while driving through the tall vegetation in the park. In the national park, few boats are there in the Loktak lake. It takes you through the Phumdi but as these animals are shy and too scared to venture out anywhere close to noise and humans, it might not really be the best way to see the deer. Therefore, it is advisable to spot the beautiful Sangai from the watchtower by carrying good binoculars or lending one to the locals. Though there’s no food or drink available there so you should carry your snacks /water bottles with you. There’s enough shaded area at the watchtower where you can comfortably sit and take a rest or gossip with your company like family, friends, or your partner.
Threats to the park: The thickness of phumdis is affected due to the permanent flooding of the park and its resultant. Construction of the Ithai Barrage under the Loktak Multi-Purpose Project where a high level of water is maintained is the reason behind this kind of occurrence. The natural cycle of floating and sinking of phumdis which used to be maintained in the park is disturbed by this. Hence, it is considered that the growth of vegetation on phumdis and their thickness will gradually decrease. One conception is that at some stage, to shelter the number of the Eld’s deer or sangai deer, the phumdis may not be able. After the commissioning of the hydroelectric project two ecosystems emerged whereas earlier there was only marshy land in the parking area ;
- one-third are covered with water bodies and the
- the two-thirds area is covered with the phumdis.