Majuli island tourism


Majuli island has an area of about 1080 sq. kms. and is located in the Brahmaputra Valley, Assam state. Majuli enjoys the privilege of being the largest river island in the world. Crested in the bosom of the mighty Brahmaputra and fondly tucked up by Lohit and Khabalu with loving care.

Majolis individual distinctiveness is that it is not uphill, down dale, snow capped mountains or warbling mountain springs which put a tourist into the thrall in Majub, but it is the freedom of the wind, the freedom of the rivers, the vistas of freedom opening up one after another, the freedom of the birds and the pristine primitiveness, simplicity and innocence of the people living for centuries at close proximity of nature that sways, excites and thrifis the imagination of the tourists. During the monsoon, the rivers swell and vast tracts of land are submerged. The old and the young, and even children steer clear on their rowing boats to safe destinations. No one seems scared of the swelling torrents and no depths seem unchartered water for them. At night wild geese and ducks fly in flocks high above one's head to far-away destinations. Wild birds of a thousand ldnds- local as well as migratory swarm the heels and rivers in Majuli.

There are islands within islands in Majuli and like a capricious woman quickly changing her mood, the landmass keeps changing its shape after every summer. Its beauty reminds a visitor of the shifting reality of the rainbow.

Best time to visit - Autumn and winter.

Access
Majuli is just 20 Kms away from Jorhat. To visit Majuli, one has to vail the bus or hired taxi service upto Nimati Steamer Ghat and from there embark a Steamer or rowing boat.

Where to Stay ?
Circuit House, Govt. Inspection Bungalo and the Xatras with prior arrangement.

Location
Majuli, 800 sq km in area, is located in the Brahmaputra River. It is 12 km north of Jorhat, Asom State (India). Jorhat is 310 km east of Guwahati city.

How to get there

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.

By train: The nearest train station is at Jorhat.

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

The Boat Ride
Plane, train, car or bus, to actually get to Majuli you have to take a boat ride. It is an island, remember? There are regular government ferry services to Majuli every morning and afternoon from Nimatighat. Motorised private boats also carry passengers across.

Best time to visit

From October to March is the best season. Most of the dance, music and drama performances are also organised during this period. If possible coincide your holiday with a Krishna-related festival. Week-long celebrations are held during Janmastami and Raas Leela, for instance. And do not forget Ali-ai- ligang!

Where to stay
There are a few small hotels in Garmur and Kamalabari. Prior booking is not needed as the place is yet to become crowded with tourists (thank god for small mercies). Through Assam Tourism, you can arrange your stay at their Circuit House. The satras run guesthouses with friendly housekeepers and strictly vegetarian food.

Tourist offices
Assam Tourism
Emporia Complex (above Assam Emporium)
New Delhi-110 011
Tel: 011-334 5897

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