Majuli is a lush green environment-friendly, pristine and pollution free fresh water island in the river Brahmaputra, just 20 km from the Jorhat city.
With a total area of 1250 sq. km, Majuli is the world's largest river island and it attracts tourists from all over the world. Among one of the most surreal places in India, Majuli is also a strong contender for a place in UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Mostly inhabited by Tribals, the culture of Majuli is unique and quite interesting and is one of the key reasons why people love this place so much. It is also called the cultural capital of Assam. The festivals celebrated here are all joyous and vibrant. The main festival in the town of Majuli is called Raas and witnessing it is an interesting spectacle."
There are quite a few decently priced lodges. Otherwise, you can even stay in Jorhat.
Crystal clear waters. Beautiful landscapes. One of the few cities in the world which heavily relies on waterways. Culturally diverse with different festivals like Ali aye ligang celebrated there.
Not connected by airways, roadways or railways directly. Not many accommodations are available here. Limited food options. Constant degradation of Majuli due to erosion.
Majuli is perfect for those people who like to enjoy amidst the crystal clear waters. Majuli takes you to the other part of India which is unlike any other place. If you find affinity with islands and want a unique trip, then Majuli is the right place for you.
Day 1: Reach Majuli and check into a hotel. Visit Garmur which is a traditional spiritual site. First, go to Kamalabari Satra which carries cultural and religious significance. Then head towards Auniati where Assamese Jewellery and Handcrafted items are exhibited.
Day 2: Go to Dakhinpat Satra which is a famous ancient site where a lot of devotees come to celebrate Rasotsava every year. Tengapania is situated near Brahmaputra river. The structure is magnificent and makes up for an excellent spot among tourists for picnics near Majuli.
Different parts of India show us glimpses of the various architectural styles. Majuli's buildings reflected the architectural style of the bygone era when the kings and queens used to rule. Many of the monuments are preserved due to their sheer significance regarding history and architecture. The Dakhinpat Satra in Jorhat District is an excellent example of the Assamese architectural style. The gates are decorated with pictures of flowers and animals. Various such paintings embellish the insides of Dakhinpat Satra. Nearby monuments like Tengapania are also famous for their Ahom architectural style which is popular in Assam.
Majuli will not offer anything exquisite or unique but simple, ordinary and typical food with handful of popular items off the the local state menu can be found here. The options can be somewhat limited and you might want to carry some food from home for a trip to Majuli. The popular items that you might find here include Khar, Laksa, Tenga and a few varieties of rice.
- Do remember to carry your sun fighters! Sun screen lotion, caps, etc. Try and wear loose clothes, especially during the summer season.
Beware of Fraud and cheater Taxi Operators in Majuli ! I visited Majuli with my family on 1.1.2017 and hired a Sumo Taxi at 9.30 Am till 2.30 PM at Rs 1600 from Mr Raj a taxi operator at Kamalabari Ghat. Our tour ended at 2 PM and the taxi operator demanded Rs 2200 saying that he has shown us many more sites which was not supposed to be visited. It was a great surprise for me on his such unjustified demand , but inspite of my request he did not agree to accept what was agreed. So I was bound to pay him what he demanded and also said to him that if they cheat tourists like this, one day no tourist will visit the island, but he was so shameless and greedy.........! My experience about the Island is that the people of this Island are the most greedy and cheater people, never visit such place..... but inspite of this if you visit never trust the people there.... !