Best Time to Visit
As summers in Majuli can get quite hot and humid, the best time to visit the river island is between October to February when the weather is cool which makes it ideal to explore the picturesque island.
How to Get There
Getting to Majuli can be quite a task but here’s how you can get to the river island from the closest metro city, Kolkata.
By Air: The closest airport to Majuli is in Jorhat, which is at distance of approximately 20 kms. The Jorhat airport is well-connected to Kolkata with daily flights that cost approximately INR 6000 onwards for the two and a half hour flight. Once you reach Jorhat, you will have to catch a bus/autorickshaw/taxi to get to Nimatighat from where you will get a ferry to reach `Majuli.
By Train: One can skip flights and can opt for a comparatively cheaper option of catching a train from Kolkata to Jorhat on an adventurous journey that takes approximately 25 hours. Once you get down at Jorhat Railway Station, head to Nimatighat and hop on a ferry to Majuli.
By Road: Nimatighat is connected to Kolkata by the NH27 and it takes about 29 hours to cover the distance of 1335 kms. Once you reach Nimatighat, Majuli is an hour-long ride on the local ferry service.
Things To Do
Island Tour: Also known as the cradle of Assamese civilization, the Majuli Island boasts of a unique amalgamation of culture and heritage. The team at La Maison de Ananda organizes special guided tours that will help you exploring the majestic island in the best way possible—right from spots of religious significance such as Kamalabari Satra and Garmur to places such as Dakhinpat Satra which preserve the heritage of Majuli, the tour is indeed the best way to go about in Majuli.
Kaziranga National Park: If you’re looking to add a dash of adventure to your trip to Majuli, a visit to the Kaziranga National Park is an absolute must. An officially declared world heritage site, the national park is home to two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned rhinoceros and was also declared a tiger reserve in 2006. Apart from the mighty creatures, the park also boasts of exotic flora and fauna including elephants, wild water buffalo and swamp deers.
Raas Mahotsav Festival: If you happen to visit Majuli around Diwali and are lucky enough to be in time for Majuli’s annual Raas Mahotsav Festival, my advice—don’t miss it for anything! A one-of-a-kind festival that celebrates the glorious life of Lord Krishna brings performers who sing, dance (with vibrant masks that are simply gorgeous) and enact the life and times of Lord Krishna. The entire island literally lights up and the three-day long fest is the best thing you could do in Majuli.
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