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India has got so much to offer to people residing here and also to those coming from outside to witness the rich culture and heritage along with its stunning attractions. Majuli is a name that makes India proud because of its beauty and serenity. It is the world’s largest riverine island which is located in the Brahmaputra river of Assam. The surprising element here is that this river island was the first one to be declared as a district in India. 

History of Majuli

Majuli is currently set amidst the mighty Brahmaputra River. It is known as the oldest and largest river island in the world. According to the geographical and literary account, it can be considered that Majuli took his island’s shape before the 13th century, prior to the arrival of Shukhapa Clan in the year 1228. Earlier, it was known as Dihing. 

According to the book, The Majuli Island: Society, Economy And Culture by Dr. D. Nath, Koch King Naranarayan made his camp in Majuli and got several presents and tributes from Khora Raja. The island was also known as Majali or Mojali. In the 1560s, it was being called Luitor Majuli. According to Yogi Tantra, the Chutiya King named Ramchandra founded his capital at Ratanpur in Majuli which was, maybe, ruined by Brahmaputra River. 

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Places to visit in Majuli

Kamalabari Satra. A well-known spot of the island, Kamalabari Satra is a religious site, also home to important articles associated with art, culture, literature, and classical studies. The North Satra, which is a different segment of the Kamalabari Satra, takes part in various cultural events of Satria art in several Indian cities.

Dakhinpat Satra. It was the chief Satra patronized by the Ahom ruler and it is an ancient education center visited by thousands of visitors all around the year. Rasotsava, the main festival of Assam is celebrated with full fun and fervour here. The best part of the festival is Rasleela on a full moon night.

Tengapania. Sited on the bank of river Brahmaputra, Tengapania is a wonderful and famous spot in the area. Surrounded by Dhakuakhana, Machkhoa, and Disangmukh, it stands as the main captivating destination for tourists as well as the locales. It is positioned at a distance of 24km from Sibsagar and is well-connected to Majuli and Jorhat.

Auniati Satra. Known for its Apsara and Paalnaam dance, this center was established by Niranjan Pathakdeva and features a wide number of collection of old Assamese utensils, jewellery, and handicrafts. 

Things to do in Majuli

Ferry Ride. While you are heading towards Majuli, you need to take a ferry ride to reach the place. The ferry, in itself, is a great way to explore the natural beauty of Majuli Island.

Cycling at the Island. It is great to roam around the Majuli island cycling. It won't be just fun but will be a great break for your monotonous life as well.

Pathorichuk Village Walk. Taking a walk to the Pathorichuk Village is certainly going to be an adventurous experience for you. One needs to cross three bamboo bridges for this and you will also get to learn the interesting boat-making process.

Food and Drink in Majuli. The Assamese are known for their delicious food and Majuli is an integral part of it. One needs to taste their finger-licking fish and sticky rice, roasted chicken and much more. Also, tasting the rice beer is a must-try. 

Events and festivals in and Around Majuli

Assam Tea Festival. Since Assam is home to some of the biggest tea estates, it becomes necessary to celebrate its contribution to the nation. It is the largest tea producer in India and thus people of Assam celebrate the Assam Tea Festival. Read more

Majuli Festival. Majuli is one of the exotic tourist destinations of the state of Assam and the festival of Majuli always manages to draw the attention of the tourists. The festival is a crowd puller that attracts locals and tourists alike to showcase its unique Assamese, Tribal, and Neo-Vaishnavite culture. Read more

Rongali Bihu. Assam, often known as the Bihu state, is popular because of the festival of Bihu which is extremely entertaining and fun. Bihu festival is like a dramatic cultural festival that is filled with joy and an abundance of love. Read more

Best time to Visit Majuli

From July through September you can visit this island as it is an ideal time. Also, you can opt from months between October and March as well, as the weather remains quite pleasant.

How to reach Majuli?

Air.  The closest airport is Jorhat Airport which is at a distance of 50 kilometers from Majuli. Once you have reached the airport, it will take only 2 hours to reach Majuli by Kimalibari-Nimati Ferry Service. Another airport is Guwahati Airport which is well-connected to major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. There are regular flights from these major cities to Guwahati Airport. 

Rail. The nearest railway stations are Jorhat Railway Station, Silonibari Railway Station, and North Lakhimpur Railway Station. They are well-linked to neighbour cities of Assam. Also, if you are traveling from any other cities of India, you need to deboard at Guwahati Railway Station and then head for some local trains to reach Majuli. 

Road. Majuli Island is well-connected to the major cities of Assam and Guwahati. One can take National Highway 17 and 715 , then Nimati Ghat - Jorhat Road/Nimati Ghat Road to Kamalabari - Nimati Ferry service to reach Majuli Island. 

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