Amidst the pacing, cacophonic, muddled lifestyle, our heart wanders to catch hold of the serene tranquillity of those childhood memories. Most appealing are those of us running barefoot on the dew-wet green grass; Ah! the smell of the freshly bloomed morning glory and the soft scented gentle feel of breeze in our hair! Its bliss!
As we think of these, (and plan to go on weekends) the “where” question still awaits. Special memories need special places and so is “Majoli” – an amazingly beautiful island on the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra river in Assam and more interestingly, recorded as the largest sweet water Island in the Guinness World Record!
The fact is, we are all so unaware about it.
This 421.65sq.kms of land is a must visit for nature lovers. Beautiful landscape, flora and fauna, tribal settlements, local Assamese food, close to zero pollution, traditional festivals and dances and more importantly, the unadulterated hospitality of locals.
Geographically, the island was formed due to change in Brahmaputra’s and its tributaries (mainly Lohit) course of flow and is mainly inhabited by Assamese neo-Vaisnative culture.
Way to reach:Avail flights for Jorhat from Guwahati or Kolkata. On a bus ride, it takes 7 hours from Guwahati to Jorhat and another couple of hours to reach Neemati ghat from where ferries for Majoli leave.
Accommodation: Don’t expect ‘star’ luxuries (forget five stars or any star). It is best to be explored through local homestays (numerous available and is best to be informed in advance). Can check the Yagdrasill Bamboo Cottage or La Maison de Anand.
Going Around: Rented cycles, bikes or scooters are available to go around the island on reasonable cost. Also, shared autorickshaws and taxis are also available.
Don’t forget the mesmerizing colorful flocks of birds around the island. You can spot some uncommon species like Siberian cranes, whistling teals, short-toed snake eagles, brown shrikes, purple sunbird, red munias, greater racked-tailed drongos, jungle nightjars, Indian lorikeets, chestnut-bittern large cormorants, etc.
If interested in the cultural richness, visit the island during the three-day long raas festival, depicting the life of Krishna at the time of full moon in the month of Kartik (November).
In terms of cuisine, one can gobble on local delicacies likepurang apin (rice wrapped in special leaves), apong (rice beer), pamnam (fish baked in banana leaf), pamnam chicken (chicken baked in banana leaf) and mamsing, chutney of dry fish, bamboo chicken and pork, among others.
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