Majuli–The Largest River Island of India

Anyone heard about Majuli–If No then Read on and If Yes then also I insist you to read on.. ūüėÄ

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The Largest river Island in India situated in the North-Eastern state of Assam which was used to be the Largest Island in the world but arguably still the largest inhabited river island…

The Nomination of including Majuli in the UNESCO World Heritage Site definitely makes it one of the destinations to visit when you are on a trip to North East India..

A land of Vaishnavite culture and situated on the middle of the river Brahmaputra,Majuli has been the Cultural Capital and the cradle of Assamese civilization for the past five hundred years. Home to 22 Satras and the principal seat of Vaishnavite faith, culture and practice. The Satras are Vaishnava monasteries established in the 16th century by the saint and cultural reformer Srimanta Sankaradeva and his disciple IVIadhab Deva.

Top View Majuli

Top View Majuli

A total area 500 sq.km which is in continuous shrinkage due to erosion and the increase of river surrounding but that does not prevent it of the fact of being a site of Historical Importance for Assam dated back to 16th Century.

How To Reach:-Majuli is around 20 kms from Jorhat City, can be reached bus to taxi to Namiti Steamer Ghat from where ferry services ply to the island. The journey takes about 3 hours.

Jorhat City can be reached form Guwahati,the capital city of Assam by Train, Bus or Air.By road the diatsnce is about 300 km and it takes around 6-7 hours,there is direct train services from Guwahati to Jorhat and regular Air Services ply for Guwahati to Jorhat..But those making a trip to Majuli,I insist them to take the Road to adore the nature on the way to Majuli…

What to See:-Though there is lot more to see and enjoy in entire North-East India but to a enjoy relaxing and peaceful vacation for few days and adoring the Assamese Culture this place is very recommended. You can experience the lifestyle of the local tribes there. Mishing, Assamese and Deuri are the local inhabitants of this place. They are helpful and charming.

Garmur Satra,Majuli

Garmurh Satra,Majuli

The Satras are a delight to watch build in the ancestral period. Some of the main Satras¬†to watch are The Vaishnava Satras founded by Sankardeva,Dakhinpat Satra,Garamurh Satra,Kamalabari Satra,Shamaguri Satra.These satras are also the treasure-house of “Borgeet” Matiakhara, Satriya Dances.Tourist can also have a view of the Mask, a type of Handicraft the people of Majuli prepare in Shamuguri Satra that is famous all over India.

Dakhinpat Satra-Majuli,Performs Raasleela

Dakhinpat Satra-Majuli,Performs Raasleela

Dakhinpat Satra,Majuli-Performs Raasleela

Dakhinpat Satra,Majuli-Performs Raasleela

 

Apart from these Majuli being an Island is also famous for it flora and fauna, The southern part of the Island is world’s largest riverine Island so it is bird lovers paradise,Between November and March is the best time to visit the Island.The Southwest, The Southeast and The Northern Part of Majuli Island provide a perfect spot for Bird Watching.

For enjoying the Majuli Culture,one can experience it through the festival being celebrated at Majuli.Some of them are The Ali-ai-ligang festival in Feb-March, Paal Naam festival at the end of Winter, In time of Raasleela many people come to visit Garamur Satra. The colorful festival and depiction of Lord Krishna’s life make it a nice event there. These colorful festivals leave tourist spellbound and they get a chance to mix with the Traditions and Cultures of the Locals…

Traditional House

Traditional House

Best time to visit Majuli the winter time‚Ķ..Now Doesn’t that sounds quite exciting?

*Image Credits–Google

North-East India has the potential to rise as a Tourism Destination,if only the Government look to this,if only locals are more active in spreading its beauty,if only People from different parts show some interest in this Beautiful Paradise Known as North-East India….And I hope my little contribution serve the purpose.. ūüėÄ

Where to Stay:-These are the list of some Accommodation available in Majuli.

Alohee Ghar
Kakoti Guest House, Ph.9435203418
Kamalabari Satra Guest House,Ph.03775-273302 La Maison De Ananda, Ph.5597186356
Seuj Ville,Ph.9435734138
Circuit house at Garamurh,Head Quarter of Majuli Contact: SDO (Civil) Majuli,Ph 03775-274424 Majuli eco-tourism Lodge
Nearest airport: Rowriah (Jorhat)
Railway Station: Jorhat
Police Station: Garamukh P.S., Ph. No. 435, Kamalabari P.S., Ph. No. 430

You can also go through these organizations for planning your trip perfectly….

Majuli Island Protection & Development Council
68 South Avenue
New Delhi-110 011
Tel: +91-11-23792214

Sapta Sahid Road
GS Road, Mathura Nagar
Guwahati 781006
Tel: +91-361-2331937
Fax: +91-361-2611081

 

North East India-Mizoram

It’s been a long time and I am still in Meghalaya.So in this ¬†post lets get out of Meghalaya and look for other visual treat in Mizoram,another NE state know as the¬†land of rolling hills, valleys, rivers and lakes.

Mizoram has lot more to offer for the nature lovers,the land of hill people(Mizo People).The Capital City of Mizoram is Aizawl and the main important centre in Mizoram.The Official language is Mizo but English and Hindi is also widely spoken.Mizoram a well connected by Rail,Roads and Air.It is at a distance of around 490ms from Guwahati and 390kms from Shillong.

There is a lot more to see in MIzoram rather than describing them in words though I will cover the important tourist places of MIzoram,it is not limited to only the ones covered in the post.So lets visit Mizoram.

1.Aizawl:-The capital city of Mizoram,situated at about 1132 meters above sea level. It is a beautiful and bustling 112 years old city set on ridges of steep hills.At an altitude of 4,000 ft above sea level,the highlighting characteristics of the region is timber houses positioned between profusion of flowers.
The Main attractions in Aizawl includes the State Museum on Mcdonald Hill known as Zarkawt,Bara Bazar the main shopping center of Aizawl in Dawrpui Veng locality,Reiek a tourist resort,Durtlang Hills,Hmuifang a mountain,Berawtlang Tourist Complex,Baktawng Village,

Aizawl City

Aizawl City

Reiek

Reiek

Solomon Temple

Solomon Temple

Durtlang Hill

Durtlang Hill

Humifang Resort

Humifang Resort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.Tam Dil:-Situated at a distance of 85 kms from Aizawl,it is a tranquil lake. Choose to pedal a boat through the placid waters or just relax. The nearby jungle has a plethora of flora and fauna.This is also a fish farm and serves as a picnic spot.

Tam Dil

Tam Dil

 

 

 

 

 

3.Champhai:-¬†Champhai,a bustling commercial town at the Indo-Myanmar border,is a beautiful place that offers plenty to tourist attraction.Storehouse of¬†of ancient relics, monuments and memorials connected with legends and folklores this town is situated at a distance of about 192 ¬†kms from Aizawl also known as ‘Fruit and Rice¬† Bowl Of Mizoram’ because of the enormous production of Rice and Grapes and the town has many Vineyards,Orchids,Rice fields etc

Places to see in Champhai are Murlen National Park,Rih Dil a heart shaped lake,Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary,Palak Wildlife Sanctuary,Lamsial Puk a cave,Mizo Hlakungpui Mual,Thasiama Seno Neihna.

Champhai Rice Fields

Champhai Rice Fields

Vineyards

Vineyards

Thasiama Seno Neihna

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Hlakungpui Mual

LamSial Puk

LamSial Puk

Rih Dil

Rih Dil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.Lwangtlai:-It comprises of mainly hilly region. However, in the western side of the district there are dense forests.The place has splendid natural beauty in form of exotic landscapes of lush green hills stretching away to the horizon. The important places of interest include:Ngengpui Wildlife Sanctuary,Blue Mountain-It is the highest mountain peak in Mizoram. It is a highly revered peak,Phawngpui.

Phawngpui

Phawngpui

Ngengpui

Ngengpui

 

 

 

 

 

5.Sibuta Lung:-Sibuta Lung is a memorial stone found at Tachhip village, 20 Km from Aizawl town. Sibuta Lung was raised by a Palian chief about 300 years ago. The memorial Sibuta Lung offer a story of jilted love and lust for revenge.

SIbuta Lung

SIbuta Lung

 

 

 

 

 

6.Thenzawl:-A census town located in the middle of Mizoram,important for Mizo Traditional handloom Industry and a beautiful town located 45 kms from Aizawl.The main attractions here are Vantawng Falls-13th Highest fall in India,Chawngchilhi Puk,Tuirihiaua waterfall,Thenzawl Deer Park.

Chawngchilhi

Chawngchilhi

Vantawng Water Falls

Vantawng Water Falls

 

 

 

 

 

7.Lunglei:-The second largest town after Aizawl located 165 kms from Aizawl.It is also know a ‘bridge of Rock’ because of the bridge like rock found in the riverine area around Nghasih – a small tributary of the river Tlawng.Places to visit here includes Zobawk Sports Academy,Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary,Saikuti Hall,Kawmzawl Park,Thuamluaia Mual.

Khawnglung

Khawnglung

Saikuti Hall

Saikuti Hall

 

 

 

 

 

Best time to visit Mizoram is between October to March and the climate is mild, comfortable in summer and never freezing during winter,So you can enjoy Mizoram throughout the year.And when you are in Mizoram do give Zawlaidi,a Mizo Wine a try.

The Best way to get Mizoram is by Road from Guwahati or Shillong as the journey will let you through many exhilarating sceneries.It is also well connected by Rail and Airways also with being the nearest Railways Station in Silchar,Assam and from there it takes about 6-7 hours to Aizawl and Lunglei has an Airport,which is well connected with Kolkata and Guwahati.

As for permit requirement to visit Mizoram,Indian tourists need an Inner Line Permit. This is available from any Mizoram House.It’s also available at Lenpui Airport,for tourists arriving by flight.For Foreign Tourist a Restricted Area Permit (RAP),and must travel in groups of four or more people,or a married couple.They’ll only be allowed to stay for 10 days,and visit limited areas.It’s best to get the RAP from Delhi Mizoram House (Circular Road,Chankyapuri,New Delhi.Ph: +91 11 3016408. +91 11 6440954).

P.S.:-Image Credits goes to the Google and People who uploaded them