You can’t be unhappy in the middle of a big beautiful river- Jim Harrison
World’s largest river Island Majuli is a serene place nestled between the mighty Brahmaputra River. If you are a nature lover and want to explore the less crowded tourist places, come to Majuli. This serene lush green Island is just 20 km from Jorhat, one of the main cities of Assam. One can take a ferry and reach the Island. It is predicted that in two decades the Majuli island will completely submerged in Brahmaputra. Mostly inhabited by tribals, the culture of Majuli is unique and interesting and this is why it is called the cultural capital of Assam.
Top 6 reasons why you should visit Majuli Island
People of Majuli Island
Majuli is home to a mix of communities, the Mishing tribes, the Deoris, the Sonowal Kacharis and the Ahoms. They all are very friendly tribes especially the Mishing tribes who love to serve their guests with freshly prepared Apong or rice beer. Majuli homes are made of bamboo and placed on concrete pillars at a height of about 2 feet from the ground in order to prevent it from flood water during monsoon.
Since 16 th century Majuli Island is the cultural capital of the Assamese civilization and its main festival is Raas which is held in the month of Kartik (Oct-Nov). A spectacular dance performance based on Lord Krishna is staged here and several cultural troupes from Assam come to Majuli. At the end of Autumn Paal Naam and the Bathow Puja for Lord shiva is celebrated here.
Majuli Island Forest
Molai forest on Majuli in the Brahmaputra River is home for several migratory and endemic birds and animals. Locals conduct several bird watching tours for the enthusiastic tourists. Majuli Island forest is filled with wildlife and thick vegetation and if you are lucky enough you can see a Bengal tiger too.
Neo Vaishnavite culture
This place is also the primary center of neo-Vaishnavite culture, popular in Assam since last 500 years. There are dozens of Satras or institutional centres in Majuli where you can learn about their theology, culture and arts. Most famous ones are Garamur, Kamalabari, Chamaguri, Dakhinpat and Auniati.
Masks are an important part of Majuli heritage. Masks of animals, humans and mythological characters are made with bamboo frames covered with cloth, clay and cow dung. You can buy miniature masks from Chamagari Satra as souvenirs. Handicraft items made with bamboo or clay one can buy from here.
You can enjoy a simple and delicious food on this peaceful island away from city crowd. Here you can taste several variety of rice as komal Saul, bao dhan and Bora saul. Taste the pitha and different fish dishes and don’t forget to taste their special Rice Beer.
Majuli island will amaze you if you are looking for calmness and want to enjoy the natural beauty of mother nature.