Majuli: The Disappearing Island

North East India will truly mesmerize you with its unparallel and picturesque scenic locations and the pristine riverine island of Majuli is one such place. One of the biggest river islands in the world, Majuli is nestled amidst the mighty Brahmaputra River’s ever-changing puddle of ochre sandbanks. The island is also a rich bio-reserve; it is a hotspot for many migratory birds and could be called a bird watchers paradise.

How to reach?

Ferries are the only choice for reaching the island. Ferries are available during the daytime from Jorhat city, 20 km away from the island. The ferry to Majuli is one of the most nourishing North East India offers, both in terms of the views along the way and the visual feast awaiting at the end of your journey.

Majuli once held a Guinness World Record for being the world’s biggest river island. However, today it has been left to a size of merely 420 square kilometres as the island gets continually ravaged by the river waters. Majuli is also India’s first island district which flaunts a dynamic culture and unparallel landscape. The ethereal sunsets at Majuli are a sight to behold and can make one forget that civilization can even exist in ways less beautiful.

Since the 16th century, Majuli has been known as the ancient hive of the neo-Vaishnavite cult. Majuli has many Satras or monasteries dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu which draws a lot of spiritual devotees to this island. Each Satra is a place of prayer and study for the residing monks, as well as a centre for performing arts. Visitors can watch men clad in handmade masks perform ancient epics, or even spend a night in one of the Satra’s adjoining guesthouses. The monks in the Satras exhibit traditional dances and the ‘Satriya Dance”, the delightful drama styled dance form called ‘Bhaona’.

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