Majuli Island Tourism

Majuli, the largest freshwater river island of South Asia is on the Brahmaputra River, in the Indian state of Assam. With a population of 1.6 Lakh, majority being tribal, Majuli has a very rich cultural heritage and has been the abode of Assamese Vaishnavaite culture. With tremendous option for spiritual and eco-tourism, the island is a bio-diversity hotspot and has a rich ecology with rare breeds of flora and fauna.

Where is Majuli

Majuli is a sub division of the Jorhat District in Assam. It is located 20 Km off Jorhat town and is located 1100 Km from the mouth of the river Brahmaputra in Tibet.

About Majuli

Majuli is a natural & cultural heritage site with water bodies covering most of the areas. The wetland of Majuli is a hotspot for flora and fauna, harbouring many rare and endangered avifauna species including migratory birds that arrive in the winter season. Among the birds seen here are the Greater Adjutant Stork, Pelican, Siberian Crane and the Whistling Teal. Dark wild geese and ducks fly in flocks to distant destinations.

The island of Majuli was formed due to the change of course by the river Brahmaputra and its tributaries, mainly the Lohit.

The island is bounded by the river Subanisri and her tributaries Ranganadi, Dikrong, Dubla, Chici and Tuni etc. on the North West, the kherkatia Suli (a spill channel of the river Brahmaputra) in the northeast and the main Brahmaputra River on the South and the South west.

Majuli being the cultural capital and the cradle of Assamese civilization for the past five hundred years, is presently undergoing scrutiny and consideration for declaring it as World Heritage site as Cultural landscape by UNESCO.

Places to visit Majuli Island

Dakhinpat Satra
Dakhinpat Satra was founded by Banamalidev, an exponent of Raasleela, which is now observed as one of the State festivals of Assam.
Garamurh Satra
This Satra was founded by Lakshmikantdeva. During Autumn end traditional Raasleela is performed with great enthusiasm. Some ancient weapons are also preserved here.

Auniati Satra
Founded by Niranjan Pathakdeva, this satra is famous for 'Paalnaam' and Apsara dance and it also has considerable collection of old Assamese utensils, jewellery and handicrafts.

Kamalabari Satra
Kamalabari Satra founded by Bedulapadma Ata, is a center of art, culture, literature and classical studies. Its branch Uttar Kamalabari Satra has performed cultural programme of satria art in several states of India and abroad.

Bengenaati Satra
It is a store house of culturally important antiques and an advanced center of performing arts. Muraridev, the grand son of Shankaradeva's step mother, had founded the SSwargadeoatra. The royal robes belong to the Ahom king Swargadeo Gadadhar Singha, made of Gold and an umbrella which is also made of gold, are preserved here.

Getting There

The island of Majuli is separated from the mainland of Assam by 2.5 Km. It is approached from Neemati Ghat in Jorhat district by ferry, which is on the south of the island, and Kamalabari in Majuli is where one lands. From Jorhat, Neemati Ghat is only 14 Km.

By air : The closest airport is also at Jorhat. There are daily flights to Jorhat from Guwahati, and four flights a week from Kolkata.

By Train : The nearest train station is at Jorhat.

By Road : Jorhat is connected by road to Guwahati (Asom). ASTC and private-run buses leave early in the morning and in the evening. The bus ride at night is also fascinating, particularly on a moonlit night. It will take you 6½ to 7 hours by bus to reach Jorhat. From Jorhat it is only 14 km to Nimatighat. You can take a bus or an auto.