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Majuli island Tourism And Travel Guide
23.6° C / 74.5° F
October to February
2 to 3 Days
Jorhat Airport (50 kms)
Jorhat Railway Station (43 kms)
Majuli is one of the world’s largest river island located on River Brahmaputra in the North East Indian state of Assam. The picturesque locale and the vibrant culture that the island boasts of make it one of the most coveted tourist destinations in Assam. From fragments of Ahom history and culture and strong influences of Vaishnavite traditions, to the mesmerising sunsets and charming village life, tourism in Majuli has little something for each of its visitors. Here is a snippet of travel guide to visit Majuli Island.
How to Reach
Majuli has no airport or railheads and can only be reached by ferries plying from Neemati Ghat in Jorhat. Let us see how to reach Jorhat.
Jorhat Airport or Rowriah Airport is located 7 km south west of the city of Jorhat. It is well connected by flights with Guwahati and other north eastern states. From the airport, tourists can take a bus or taxi to reach Neemati Ghat which is located 14 km from the city. Ferries plying from Neemati Ghat transfer people to Majuli.
Majuli is an island which is not connected by rail tracks. Hence the closest rail station is in Jorhat. One can reach Jorhat by train via Guwahati. From here they can take bus or taxi to reach Neemati Ghat before sailing off to Majuli.
Jorhat is well connected by roads with Guwahati and other neighbouring cities and towns. Long distance buses ply between these areas and Jorhat. Tourists can also hire taxis from Guwahati to reach Jorhat and then take a ferry to Majuli.
Getting Around in Guwahati:
There are no taxis, buses or autos found in Majuli. For exploring the island and its vicinity, tourists have to depend on small country boats and bicycles.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Summer (March to June):
Summers in Majuli are hot, humid and uncomfortable. Moving around and sightseeing is hampered due to heat and sweating and hence tourists are recommended to avoid visiting the island during the summer months.
Monsoon (July to September):
While monsoon brings a breath of fresh air after the sultry heat, the Brahmaputra overflows every year due to incessant rainfall. Exploration of the island is hindered and hence monsoon is also not considered the ideal time to visit Majuli.
Winter (October to February):
Winter in Majuli is pleasant and mild. It provides the perfect setting for soaking in the beauty of the island. Winter months also coincide with Raas festival of Lord Krishna that is celebrated here with much pomp and show on full moon day every November.
Things to Do
Visiting Sri Dakhinapat Satra:
Dakhinapat Satra is a haven for souls seeking refuge and serenity. It is visited by thousands of devotees every year. The Raasleela is the primary festival that is celebrated with much pomp and show on full moon day in November. It is now regarded as the National Festival if Assam. The journey to Dakhinapat Satra is just as beautiful, the path flanked by lakes with water hyacinths and boats floating on them.
Watching the Sunset over Brahmaputra:
There are few moments in our lives that have the ability to render us speechless. Watching the sun setting over Brahmaputra and spreading its golden hues over the surrounding is an ethereal experience which cannot be missed when in Majuli. It leaves an everlasting imprint on the minds of all present.
Strolling through Villages:
The best way to explore Majuli - study its people and soak in the prevailing tranquillity by taking a leisurely stroll through the villages. It gives an opportunity to understand the lifestyle of the inhabitants, know their culture, learn their music and celebrate life with them. It is perhaps the best way to familiarise with a new territory.
Learning Assamese Culture and History:
Majuli is known as much for its beauty as for its cultural heritage and lineage. It served as the cultural capital of Assam for many years. Once in Majuli, take the opportunity to learn more about the culture and history of the state by visiting Kamalabari Satra which is the hub of Majuli’s artistic, musical, cultural and religious scene. One should also visit Garmur, which houses artefacts and literary works of Vaishanvaites. Anuiati Satra is another popular centre of Assamese culture and heritage. It boasts of some unique collection of Assamese artefacts, utensils and jewels.
Visiting Mask Makers of Samaguri Satra:
This an interesting place for tourists to visit. It is where the famous mask makers of Majuli reside. These men are extremely skilled at making some of the most amazing masks that are worn during dramas that are staged from time to time. It is an opportunity to see their craft, their workshop and their workmanship.
Sailing down in a Country Boat:
Sailing down the river in small country boats, exploring the beauty called nature, taking in fresh air make for the best medicine that life needs. These boats are extremely popular in Majuli and with no taxis or buses for commute, these have become the lifeline for the people.
Eating in Majuli
There are no exotic restaurants or fine dining options in Majuli. This does not mean that the place does not serve exotic dishes that are a gastronomic delight. Some lip smacking delicacies that one comes across here are fish baked in banana leaf, chicken baked in banana leaf, rice cooked in leaf, sticky rice, fish curry and much more. The perfect accompaniment to these dishes is the local rice beer called Apong.