Majuli Island North East Tourism is the most renowned and significant place. The biggest river island in the world is known to be the center for neo-Vaishavinism in Assam that was promoted by the Srimanta Sankardeva.
‘Kamala’ means orange, and ‘Bari’ means the garden in the Assamese. The Kamlabari Satra was established in 1595 by the Badala Ata, a celebrated disciple of Madhavadeva.
The Kamalabari Satra is even regarded as the center of culture, art, and literature for centuries. It is in the form of Kamalabari that Sattriya Dance got its popularity later, getting the status of a classical dance form.
Every year, the monsoon season makes the Auniati Satra vulnerable, and much has been destroyed in the incessant experiences of Majuli flood.
Kamalabari Satra is also famous for creating mythological sculptures. The best time to visit the Kamalabari Satra is when the monsoon recedes, and the Island is not flooded. Tourists usually have to take a ferry from Nimati Ghat in Jorhat to reach the Satra.
How to reach Majuli Island
Reach Majuli by Rail
The nearest railway station to Majuli is Jorhat, at a distance of around 20 km from it. Jorhat is an essential town of Assam which is connected to a major railway in and around the state. After reaching Jorhat station, one can take a ferry to reach Majuli Island.
Reach Majuli by Road
Various ASTC buses and deluxe buses operate between the Jorhat and Guwahati on a day to day basis. Moreover, buses from some other parts of Assam are also available to Jorhat. From there, Ferry is the only means to reach the Majuli.
Reach Majuli by Air
The Jorhat airport is the nearest link from Majuli district and has flights to all the major cities of the state and India. From the Jorhat, you have to travel to Neemati ghat at a distance of around 14 km and from these regular ferries to reach Majuli.
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Things to do in Majuli Island
Majuli Island is known for its arts, natural beauty, and culture. So, here is a list of must-do things to do in Majuli Island.
A Day in the Monasteries or Satras
You will need at least one day to visit the beautiful Satras on the Island. More than twenty Vaishnava Satras are spread across the Majuli Island. Some of the Satras date back to the 15th century and house more than hundreds of monks.
The Satras use ancient customs of mask making, music, theatre, and dance and are even home to various cultural artifacts and relics such as the jewelry, literary manuscripts, and ancient weapons.
When you are on the island, make sure to visit the Kamalabari Satra, Garamur Satra, Anuiat Satra, some of the most famous Satras on the island.
Spend a Day Getting to Know the Local Culture and Lifestyle
The local people in Majuli have a vibrant and rich lifestyle. Spend a day at one of the Missing villages or visit any of the agricultural farms. If you are inclined towards arts, head to the Salmora Village and learn about the local pottery practices.
A Stroll by the Brahmaputra River
This will be one of the most tranquil walks which you have taken in a while. A personal favorite walking route of mine is the stretch alongside the Brahmaputra outside the Dekasang resort.
On the riverside, you will sometimes find a fisherman rowing a boat or fishing nets by the riverside set up by the local people. Morning walks by the river are especially recommended. The skies look to blend into a riot of colors at the time of the evening, and the sunsets on the islands are spectacular.