Majuli island

Majuli

Majuli the natural & cultural hub of Assam is a most sought after tourist destinations in India. It is honoured as a one of the largest river island in the world. With river Subansiri on the north bank and river Brahmaputra covering most of the areas, Majuli attracts plenty of birds both local & migratory. Total area of the island is about 421 sq.km. lying in the lap of the majestic Brahmaputra, but it is steadily decreasing due to strong erosion of the river Brahmaputra.

The island is mostly rural and has over 159 villages with a rich mix of different tribes and communities. Majuli is a meeting point of different plain tribes possessing colourful and resourceful identities. The main tribes residing in Majuli are the Misings, Deoris and Sonowal Kacharis. There are islands within islands in Majuli and the landmass keeps changing its shape after every summer.

Majuli is also considered as the cultural capital and the cradle of Assamese civilisation for the past five hundred years, the Satras set up preserve antiques weapons, utensils, jewellery and other items of cultural significance. The magical landscape of Majuli is well known and acclaimed for its rich in art and culture. It is the home of the world-famous mask-craft in India, but the art is at present dying due to a lack of artists, and interest and proper preservation. There are several Satras in Majuli of which the Satras of Kamalabari, Auniati & Garmur are worth mentioning. These Satras are propagating the religious ideology of great Assamese.

Others among the main attractions are the colorful culture of the tribes , Migratory birds, The Ali-Ai-Ligang festival in Feb-March, Pottery making ,Mask making, Paal Naam festival in the end of winter, the sunset in winter etc. Majuli unfolds a variety of interesting traditional handicrafts, pottery, ethnic culture and dance forms, water sports, village life of a real tribal type and lots more.

Rasotsava, a prime festival of Assam, is celebrated with great enthusiasm and passion here which is the depiction of Lord Krishna's life through dancing and playing.

October to April is the best period to visit Majuli. During these months, the internal road communication of Majuli is at its best.

Tourist Attraction in Majuli

SAMAGURI SATRA

Samaguri Satra

Dakhinpat Satra

Dakhinpat Satra

Majuli

Birds in Majuli

Samuguri satra: Majuli has a legacy of its own when it comes to the unique mask-making tradition which was started in the 16th century by neo vaishnavite sant Sankardev. The tradition of mask-making is a hereditary skill passed down from father to son or teacher to students in the Sattras. In Samuguri satra the mask makers practise the dying art of mask making.

Garmur Satra: It is an interesting and holy place to visit in Majuli. Here one can see ancient artefacts and articles, ancient and unique weapons (the most prominent among them is Bortop) preserved in a small museum.

Auniati Satra : It is another prominent Satra in Majuli established in 1653 AD by Ahom king Sultanla, formaly known as Jayaddhaja Singha. Where devotees perform various form of prayers, palnaam, dance and vauna(religious theatre based on the story of Ramayana and Maha bharat). In every year a big palnaam festival held in the 1st week of November in this satra, devotes from various places come here in join this event.

Kamalabari satra: It is an oldest and is one of the most visited cultural centres of Majuli having a huge complex harbour hundreds of monks of all ages from 8 to 80 years. This religious site too houses significant articles related to art, culture, literature and classical studies. It also has an affordable guest house for tourists. It is an interesting place to witness a Naam (prayer session) perform by little monks in evening and morning.

Dakhinpat Satra : It is one of the famous socio-religious institutions in Majuli where dances and music contributed by Shri Sankardeva such as the Borgeet, Matiakhara, Jumora, Chali, Noyua, Nande Vringee, Sutradhar, Ozapali, Apsara, Satria Krishna and Dasavater etc. are preserved and practised in deep faith. It is also a storehouse of antiques of cultural importance and an advanced centre for the performing arts. Established by Sri Vamshigopal in 1584, this ancient educational centre is visited by thousand of devotees throughout the year. The gateway of the Satra is ornamental and many religious motifs and images of flowers and animals are engraved on it.

Chakoli beel: Located at a distance of 1.5 km from Kamalbari Satara it is a paradise for bird watchers. In the month of November to March flocks of migratory and residential bird like Asian open bill, lesser adjutant stork, black stork and white-necked stork , grey- lags, pintail, northern shoveller, ferrogeneous pochard, white eye, gulls, eagles, falcons, grey-headed lapwings, wagtails, plovers, sand-pipers, spot-billed etc. seen here.

Rambolia : Adjacent to Dakhinpat Sattra it is a beautiful forest housing various birds and other animals such as jungle cats, civets, common otters and jackals. Rambolia is linked to Dubori Toli beel, Magoor Mari and Sorbilla. Magoor Mari beel and Rambolia are located on the bank of mighty river Brahamputra where thousands of birds congregate during winter. Bbar-headed greylags and brahminy ducks , northern lapwings etc. are preeminent migratory birds seen here.

What to do in Majuli

  • Visit the neo vaishnavite monasteries(Satras) which preserve and spread unique culture and heritage of Assam and enlighten individuals through spiritual and religious practices.
  • Watch the making of "masks of Majuli", these masks of various characters from the mythologies are used in stage performances called bhaonas.
  • Visit museum of Ahom royal artefacts at Auni Ati satra.
  • Enjoy the unique cultural and heritage at Assam during Ras Mahotsav Festival, in celebration of the birth, life and feats of Krishna held in the mid of November every year.
  • Bird watching at Chakoli Beel Majuli.
  • River cruise at the Brahmaputra river and enjoying sun set in the river beach.

How to reach Majuli

Majuli by Air

Nearest airport is Jorhat Airport. which is accessible from Kolkata and Delhi by flights.

Majuli by Railways

Farkating is the nearest rail station. Various trains are available to Farkating station from Guwhati and Dibrugarh.

Major railhead is Dibrugarh (164kms), which is well connected with major cities of India by Rajdhani and Satabdi express.

Majuli by Road

Jorhat is the only neighbouring town from where Ferry Service is available from to Majuli. Nimatighat is the nearest port situated in Jorhat district, it take 1.30 hrs to reach majuli from Nimatighat. Ferry service is avaible between 9 am to 3pm. Jorhat is connected to the all major cities of Assam. Buses and Traveller are available from Guwahati and Dibrugarh.

Where to stay in Majuli

There are many hotels and resorts are available for accomodation in Majuli. Some of them are :

1. Circuit House Garamur. (8 two-bedded rooms and 2 VIP suites).

2. Prashanti Lodge, Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC), Kamalabari

3. Krishi Bhavan Guest House, Kamalabari ( 3 double-bedded rooms)

4. Natun Kamalabari Satra Guest House, Kamalabari (3 Single-bedded rooms, 12 two-bedded rooms and 1 dormitory which can accommodate 20 Persons)

5. Uttar Kamalabari Satra Guest House, Kamalabari (5 four-bedded rooms, 2 dormitories, one which can accommodate 100 Persons and the other, 40 Persons)

6. Garamur Satra Guest House, Garamur ( 2 three-bedded rooms, 1 double-bedded room and a dormitory which can accommodate 20 Persons) 7. Hotel Island, Garamur, Majuli (Capacity - 20)

8. Eco-Camp Me: Po Okum (Happy House)

9. Eco-Camp La Maison de Anand

10. Ygdrasill Bamboo Cottage

11. Deksang resort

Places to visit near Majuli

kaziranga National Park

kaziranga National Park

Situated at a distance of 185 km from Majuli, kaziranga National Park is one of the most famous wildlife destinations in India. kaziranga National park is the natural habitat of the one-horned rhinoceros. This vivid mosaic of habitats wet and dry, plain and hills, forests and grasslands supports numerous plant and animal species. During winter various types migratory birds are also seen here.
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Sibsagar

Sibsagar

Sibsagar a beautiful town, surrounded by tea gardens is located at a distance of 85km from Majuli. which was the capital of the Ahom kingdom which reigned supremacy for six hundred years before the advent of the British. The most remarkable landscape of the town is the 200 year old Sibsagar tank. On its banks are three temples nameed as the Shivadol, the Vishnudol and the Devidol built by Queen Madambika, in the year 1734.
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Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary

Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary

The Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, formerly known as the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of 64km from Majuli, situated at the foothills of the Patkai mountain range. It houses India's only ape family Hollock Gibbn and 7 different apes species such as the rare stump tailed macaque, pig tailed macaque and assamese macaque, bengal slow loris as well as capped langurs and a variety of birds and animals. This is a treasure chest for wildlife lovers situated conveniently near Jorhat city.

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