Majuli


Majuliin the Brahmaputra riveris world's biggest river island. Spread over 352 sq km, it is so big an island that Assam government has upgraded it into a district. 

Majuliis about 350 km from Guwahati and some 20 km from Jorhat town.Ferry service connects Majuli to Jorhat. 

Majuliis the abode of the Assamese neo-Vaishnavite culture for the last 500 years ever since social reformer SrimantaSankardevafounded here as many as 65 monasteries and hermitages locally known as Satra. 

The Satraspreserve antiques such as weapons, utensils, jewelry and other items of significance to the Assamese culture and civilization. A visit to the Satras that are as old as 500-years,itself is a treat. Then there are traditional cultural performances at the Satrasoffering a glimpse into Assam’s culture and heritage. 

Another unique aspect is thatin Majulithey make pottery from beaten clay and burnt in driftwood fired kilns. This is the same method that used to be followedin theHarappan Civilisation.

The festival of Ali-aye-ligang celebrated during mid-February with great pomp is a major attraction for the tourists. It is celebrated for five days. Local dishes like purangapin (rice wrapped in special leaves), apong (rice beer), and dishes made of pork, fish, and chickens are served to visitors. Traditional Mising dance GumragSoman is performed in every village on Majuliduring the festival. 

Being a wetland, Majuliis hosts several rare and endangered avifauna species including migratory birds like the greater adjutant stork, pelican, Siberian crane, and the whistling teal. After dark wild geese and ducks fly in flocks to distant destinations offering a mesmerising scene to behold.

The southern part Majuli is a bird lover's paradise. The best time to visit is between November and March.
 

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