Majuli, situated in the middle of Assam, surrounded by Brahmaputra and Subansiri rivers, was declared by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the largest riverine island in the world in 2016.
Islands have their unique culture as they are cut-off from the mainland, and as such Majuli also has its own distinct cultural heritage where people pride in mask-making and cultural performances. The residents of the island have adapted themselves to the unique challenges of being in the middle of an annually flooding river. The houses are built on stilts to give them an elevation in the low-lying plains.
The fertile land ensures that the residents of Majuli enjoy a self-sustainable economy. Herding, dairy, fishery, horticulture, weaving and pottery is commonplace. The Mising tribals who occupy the island are very warm-hearted people who shower the visitors with their hospitality and smile. Away from industrialisation, Majuli is a great place to enjoy nature and study an agro-based culture.
What to see and do?
1. Bamboo Bridges
It is pretty easy for bridges to be washed away during floods. Hence bamboo bridges are built as an alternative in the region. One of the most astonishing bridges here stands on bamboo stilts that can easily withstand the weight of moving four-wheelers. It is fascinating to see how the villagers toil hard to upkeep this fragile structure.
2. Bird watching
The wetlands of Majuli provide a feeding ground for the migratory birds. The island is a photographer's delight when it comes to clicking wildlife and birds.
Natun Chamaguri Sattra is famous for mask-making. Colourful masks are made from paper and bamboo, and apart from buying them, you can also try a hand at making them.