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“Experience: Destination : Where do I start ? Majuli Islands-I had not been aware of this fascinating place until I planned my trip to Assam, Guwahati to meet a college friend after a decade and he mentioned this place.One search for the place on google was all it took to get hooked .It is a destination spot, with a mix of wonder, amazement, respect, reverence, culture, nature & religion.If you...”
“Experience: Destination : Where do I start ? Majuli Islands-I had not been aware of this fascinating place until I planned my trip to Assam, Guwahati to meet a college friend after a decade and he mentioned this place.One search for the place on google was all it took to get hooked .It is a destination spot, with a mix of wonder, amazement, respect, reverence, culture, nature & religion.If you are a NatGeo sort, looking to unravel fascinating facts ,about a place, about its culture, people and living, then nothing beats Majuli Island. It is the largest river Island in the world I suppose. The island has a Vaishnavite cult so visiting during Janmastami is sure to be a visual treat.
Must Visit : The journey to reach the island in itself is a fantastic memory. You are required to cross the Brahmaputra to reach this enticing place from Nimatighati to Majuli.Crossing the river is a part of life of residents on the island.The boats take across everything from tigers to cars. Yes, that's right!! The board at the docks read a price for ferrying across a caged tiger, to hens, pigs, cows cars, everything! 2/- for a goat so cute :P ! Every inch on that boat counts. Such things in itself are a memory. Must experience smaller amusements of a journey.
On a serious note, to do list are the multiple Satras that form the point of attraction for soul immersing tourists. Satras are monastries founded by the Vaishnavite saints, primarily started Sankaradeva. These have male disciples residing, and practicing Vaishnavism,immersed in Assamese culture. The Satras actively participate in the dramas and dances-a window in the cultural part of the place.Also on the must do list is a visit to the tribal Mishiing village,where you see the stilted bamboo houses , with ladies weaving handlooms outside the doors. Misshing weaving in the traditional black and red colors is highly appealing.
Local Food & Shopping : The local fish food is a must try.Shopping can be a crazy affair for ladies, with the awesome handloom variety to pick from. With vibrant colourful woven motiffs in a gamut of fabrics, multiple varieties of silks and cotton-irresistible! The river people is a NGO owned shopping chain that has outlets in Assam at multiple places where you can pick some of these Missshing people handlooms
Activities : Majuli is famous for artisans who make paper masks , these highly colourful masks are worn by artisans for theire cultural feats.It is a dying art kept alive by a couple of last living.You spend the day roaming throgh the various satras, there are about 6 of them.It is a sort of a different world to be in, just like the far away places they show on TV. Clicking happens everywhere.Breathe in the unpolluted air, precious!
Advice : Do book for your car to be ferried across to the island in advance ,and keep a check on the timings of the ferry.If you happen to stay at the Satras run guesthouses , these are strictly vegetarian.Governemnt ferries operate morning and afternoon. Don't be too late. hiring a vehicle to cover the places would work best.
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- State: Assam
- Famous for/as: Waterfront
Majuli, the biggest river island in the world, is located amidst the river Brahmaputra in Assam. Originally this island was spread over an area of about 1250 square kilometres. However, due to erosion, its size has now decreased considerably. According to the records of 2001, it covered an area of about 421.65 square km only. The island of Majuli, which is popular as a ‘pollution free fresh water island’, is located at a distance of about 20 km from Jorhat town and about 200 km east of Guwahati, the largest city in the state. It is accessible by ferries, which can be taken from Jorhat. From east to west, Majuli measures 90 km and from north to south, it is around 16km. Most of the areas in the island are covered by water.Originally, the island of Majuli was a long and narrow piece of...
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