An island just minutes away from the bustling city seems to be rather not so commonplace. I have been born and raised in Guwahati; countless times as I have commuted through my city, I have seen the island. Standing tall and placid on the mighty Brahmaputra, is a dense forest (as might appear to someone at the first instance). A closer view and you would realize..."It's an island". A view from the distance and one might think it's a small chunk of a hill perhaps.
I have had a long long urge to be there, so one fine morning, I packed my bag and left. I was confident enough that once on the island, I would be safe, but had no idea where I would get a ferry from. A few enquiries at the government water transport office led me to the ghats (river banks) near the Vivekananda Kendra. It is a cultural institute near the Latasil Playground. That's the landmark to it. The conveyance charges on the ferry were Rs. 50 only. I went aboard a ferry, but surprisingly the roof was too low to sit inside. With a few others, I sat atop the roof and the ferry started. I love ferry rides, but this one ended in less than five minutes.
Having spent two hours, exploring the island and the temples I returned gratified at having fulfilled the quest. A word of advice: Photography out there is unrestricted, but a visit to the temple first is preferable...so as to not offend the priests and the local inhabitants of the island. Once you've offered your prayers to the almighty, you're free to do later as you please. Do try finding the stone carvings of the Deities (photos attached). Watch out for the Golden Langurs (a rare species alike monkeys with golden yellow hair). Please beware of snakes and do not try swimming in the river. Happy Travelling!!!! :)