Majuli – river island on Brahmaputra

Majuli, the freshwater river island on Brahmaputra is the largest such island of the world. 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.

Crested in the in the bosom of the mighty Brahmaputra the individual distinctiveness of Majuli lies in the freedom of its wind, the freedom of the rivers, the vistas of freedom opening up one after another, the freedom of the birds and the pristine primitiveness.

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Picturesque river island of Majuli

Where is Majuli?

Majuli – the island on Brahmaputra 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.

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Flying birds at the river island of Majuli

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.

The story of Majuli echoes an arduous expanse of shimmering mass caught between the fury and favours of a monstrous Brahmaputra. Growth and decline, hope and disappointment, all play out across the centuries at this river island on Brahmaputra. The river, of course, brings with it a circle of life. Majuli is a mix of beauty and culture intertwined in a harmonious way which sets the soul free and takes life to another level

In and around Majuli

The pollution free environment and the vastness of the island on Brahmaputra is perhaps the main attraction of Majuli.

Satras or gurukuls are the famous Vaishnav monasteries in Assam and are favourite among tourist. There are twenty-two Satras in Majuli, with collections of Assamese pottery, handicrafts and prayer horns. They are very closely associated with Assamese culture, dance, art and music. One should try to visit as many Satras as possible as each one of them is unique in its design and all of them have very interesting tales from history to their credit.

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Mask making at Majuli island

Pottery made in Majuli from beaten clay and burnt in driftwood fired kilns in the same mode carried out by the peoples of the ancient Harrappan Civilisation is unique of its kind and admired by the tourists coming from around the world.

How to reach Majuli?

Majuli – the island on Brahmaputra 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 – Jorhat is the nearest airport and is well connected with flights via Guwahati and Kolkata from different metros of the country.
By Train – Jorhat is the nearest railhead and is well connected by train from Guwahati via Mariani Jn.
By Road – From Guwahati Jorhat is seven hour bus ride. Night services are also available.

Where to stay at Majuli?

Majuli does not have a developed infrastructure for tourism. There are few hotels that provide descent accommodation at modest prices ranging from INR 250 to 400 per night. However if you plan your tour in advance, get in touch Assam Tourism office of Guwahati (+91-361-2544475 / 2547102 / 2542748) and book one of the tourist guest house of Assam Tourism at Majuli.

Some Satras on this iland on Brahmaputra have guestrooms. If you write in advance, they would certainly be available. The Satras that have such facilities are Natun Kamalabari, Uttar Kamalabari, Auniati, Bhogpur and Dakhinpat
In addition to the Satra facilities, there are Inspection Bungalows at some points on the island (the one at Kamalabari is well located), and a Circuit House at Garamur, which is the sub-divisional headquarters. For the Inspection Bungalows and Circuit House, you could write to the Sub-Divisional Officer, Garamur, Majuli, Assam.
For assistance one can contact at :-

  • 1. Directorate Assam Tourism, Guwahati: (0361)- 2542748 2547102 Dy Dir 2544475 (Tourist information officer)
  • 2. Assam Tourism Development Corporation, Guwahati: (0361)- 2454570, 2454421, 2457117, 2609182
  • 3. Majuli: +91-3775-274440 (Jiten Deka, Secy, MIPADC Majuli Unit

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