Day 2: On second day we started our day after having lunch, so I called ola share again for the ride to Umananda island. It can be reached from KachariGhat which is opposite Guwahati high court. After reaching the ghat I booked the tickets for ferry which costed us Rs 20/ each for up and down and also the ticket counter person added that the last trip is at 4.30pm so we have to get in to our ferry before that.As we boarded the ferry we were mesmerized by the beauty of the mighty river Brahmaputra and the picturesque river island which left us speechless with its lush greenery and hillocks. After 10mins ride ferry dropped us near the island and we climbed up the hill through the stairs to reach the top.Umananda Island is located in Bhasmakuta hilll admist the river Brahmaputra. It is also known as Peacock Island because of its shape which was given by British administration. It is also famous being the smallest river island in the world.The island is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is believed that Shiva built this place for the happiness his wife. Uma means Shivai’s wife and Ananda means happiness. It is also believed that Kamadeva was burnt into ashes by the anger of the Lord Shiva in this island. So this hill is also known as Bhasmakuta Hill.Visiting on Monday is considered to be the holiest day and surprisingly we visited this place on Monday and were lucky enough to get the opportunity to visit this sacred place on Monday. Inside the temple priest gave special attention to all the visitors and did the mantras – chants for the rituals.It is also considered that offering puja on the day during amavasya brings the highest bliss. Maha Shivratri is the most Hindu festival celebrated at this island. Every year many devotees come from several places to Umananda Island to seek the blessing of Lord Shiva at this auspicious occasion.After puja while returning back we witnessed some monkeys and learnt that this smallest river island is also a home to golden languor which is considered to be the holy monkey according to the Hindu religion. Visiting to this place will give you a glimpse of this rarest species.#northeastitinerary
Next you can visit the Umananda Devaloi, a Shiva temple located at the Peacock Island in the middle of river Brahmaputra just opposite the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup or the Kachari Ghat in Guwahati. It is about 1.3 km from the Assam State Museum. This is the smallest inhabited river island in the world. Country boats or ferries are available at the banks of the Brahmaputra river that will take you to the island. The round trip takes about 2.5 - 3 hours from the river bank. You need climb up few steps to reach the main temple.Government Ferry charges: Rs. 20/- per head to and fro
Kamakhya is the Iconic temple of the Guwahati. The whole temple is a stone sculpture inside and is covered with the cement outside. It takes more than half a day in the que to have Darshan of the Deity. After visiting Kamakhya, we straight away went to Umanada, we had no much time as the day was half way through, and it was the time of Shivrathri. The Umananda also was bustling with devotees. The cigarettes in the image are not just cigarettes. They are stuffed with weed, and are to offer for Lord Shiva. The Kalash also has a weed leaves. With this, Our trip ended and we left to Guwahati station and headed back to Hyderabad.