Yangoupokpi Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary Chandel
An enthralling wildlife experience awaits to astound you on your Manipur vacation. Some 87 km from the capital city of Manipur, Imphal, Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the district of Chandel along the India-Myanmar border. Sprawling over a large area of 185 sq km, Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary is reckoned to be one of the nine Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Manipur. Moreover, at present, the sanctuary is also serving as dwelling land of seven forest villages. For wildlife buffs, this wildlife sanctuary in Manipur boasts a large variety of wildlife species, both flora and fauna. Currently, Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary has 29 species of reptiles, 42 mammalian species, 6 species of amphibians, 86 species of fishes and 74 species of avifauna. Of all those wild animals, Hoolock, Himalayan Black Bear, Slow Loris, Serow, Malayan Sun Bear, Common Otter, Pangolin, Stump tailed Macaque, Leopard and Indian Civet Cat are some popular mammals in the wildlife sanctuary. Similarly, in the reptilian species, there are buff striped keelback, peacock marked turtle, tawny cat snake, diard’s blind snake and Himalayan keelback are few famous wild creatures which you can expect to spot while in the vicinity of Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary.
Being a major wildlife tourist destination in Manipur, the sanctuary does not stop here from delighting tourists; it also houses a rich species of fishes including the endangered cyprinid fish like mahseers and Val. In Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary, Lokchao Lake is a prime habitat of these fishes, mainly the mahseers. Another delight for wildlife buffs is that the sanctuary provides a major habitat centre in Manipur for various bird species. These include green peafowl, Manipur bush-quail, Kalij pheasant, grey peacock-pheasant, oriented pie hornbill, weathered hornbill. Besides, Indian myna, Burmese red turtle dove, Jungle myna, Burmese ring dove, Collared myna, Gray headed myna, Burmese pied myna and Spotted dove. Moving onto flora section of the division of the sanctuary, there houses tectona grandis, Bauhinia spp, cedrela serrat, melanorrhoea usitata, terminalia chebula, quercus spp and emblica officinalis, and more such enthralling floral species. On a whole, Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary is one such beautiful place of tourist interest in Chandel district where you can some amazing time exploring and relishing the sublime beauty of this place.
Best Time to Visit
Like most of the places in Chandel, Manipur, winter is the best time to visit Yangoupokpi-Lokchao Wildlife Sanctuary also. Commences in the month of October, the season attracts the maximum number of travellers because of the pleasant weather the region witnesses during this time. The winter season in Chandel district ends in the month of March. Despite winter being the best time to explore the sanctuary, a large number of tourists can also be seen in the months of summer (April to June) making summer season also an ideal time to visit the place.
All days from sunrise to sunset.
Note: The sanctuary timings depend on the season, and hence, it is advisable to check the timings beforehand.