Majuli Island

Majuli Island

It is the largest river island in the world, Majuli so large that it has been declared a district. Majuli’s natural beauty is mesmerizing. The island offers unparalleled scenic beauty. It is located on the Brahmaputra River. The island has been considered one of the most important cultural hubs of the state. The ravishing beauty blends with the cultural heritage thus making Majuli a tourist attraction. Majuli is the epicentre of the Neo-Vaishnavite philosophy. There are several Vaishnava Satras or monasteries that exist on the island which draws the attraction of the tourists as well.

These satras were first built by Sankaradeva in the 15th century who is known as a prominent figure of Assamese culture. Visiting these Satras gives us a clear idea of the rich history and heritage of the land. These Satras are not just known for their spiritual actives but all these are deeply involved in different artwork and craftsmanship.
Majuli is well known for its mask-making. Masks are made from bamboo frames. They use clay and cow dung to give it a proper shape. Clothes mostly made from cotton are used to complete the product. These colourful masks are not only a visual treat but make us aware of their proud culture.

While we talk about bamboo-made masks, we should also mention that bamboo is an indispensable ingredient in local craftsmanship. They make a lot of things from bamboo, for example, bamboo huts, musical instruments etc.
Different festivals are being celebrated with full gusto at Majuli. One of the most notable celebrations is the Raas Mahotsav. It is held in autumn and depicts the birth and Leela of Lord Krishna. The spring festival is also quite popular on the island.

Reaching the island by cruising through the Brahmaputra is in itself an experience to cherish. Cruising through the Brahmaputra would rejuvenate the soul of the traveller. The sunrise and the sunset from the island make you oblivious to the mundane world. The entire island is also home to different species of birds, especially migratory ones. Thus it is ideal for bird-watching activities. Even just walking down the roads in the island villages offers an enthralling experience. 


Majuli should be avoided during monsoon as the mighty Brahmaputra causes serious damage and at times crossing it becomes risky. Rest of the year one can visit Majuli. The temperature and climate are soothing here throughout the year.



It is nearly 200 km from the capital Guwahati. But Majuli could be best reached from Jorhat. Just 20 km away and with regular ferry and boat services available.