The picturesque island of Majuli is located in Assam, in the 2900 kilometer long Brahmaputra river. At Majuli you will find breathtakingly beautiful nature, a great diversity of flora and fauna and a rich culture, full of dance, art and drama. These 5 things you should definitely do when you visit this beautiful, peaceful island.
THE 5 BEST THINGS TO DO ON MAJULI
1-Visit the ancient
Satras Majuli is known for the historical Satras – monasteries dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu. The first Satra was built in the fifteenth century and over the centuries 64 more were added, of which there are now 22 left. The Satras are not only religious institutions; they are also the center of traditional art forms. The monks learn, among other things, traditional dances, portraying religious dramas and making traditional music. The most famous monasteries are the Kamalabari Satra, the Dakhinpat Satra, the Garamur Satra and the Auniati Satra.
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2-Admire the world-famous masks
A Satra that you shouldn’t miss anyway is the Natun Chamaguri Satra, where the world-famous and award-winning Masks of Majuli are made. These special masks are made entirely by hand and are used to perform religious dramas and dances. To make the masks, a bamboo frame is first made, which is then covered with a mix of mud and cotton. Then it is covered with a layer of cow dung, the face is formed and the whole is painted. Making one mask takes a few weeks to a few months.
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3-Take a boat trip on the Brahmaputra river
Since the island is completely surrounded by the Brahmaputra river, a boat trip should not be missed when you are on Majuli. There are no tourist boats or tours that you can book, so if you want to get on the water, ask the local fishermen if they – for a fee – want to sail a little with you. Really a local experience !
4-Learn more about traditional pottery
Most inhabitants of Majuli live from agriculture, but not every village has enough land to grow vegetables, potatoes or rice. Many of these villages have therefore started making clay pots, which were initially exchanged for rice. Today, the pots – made with clay from the Brahmaputra River – are shipped to the mainland, where they are sold. The potters do not have a turntable, which means that the pots are kneaded and shaped by hand in the traditional way. If you want to see how the pots are made, you can go to the villages of Salmora, Chinatoli or Daksinpath, where the women – for a fee – show you the process.
5-Scooter through the beautiful green fields
The best and most fun way to discover and admire the island is by scooter. When you ride on the quiet, often somewhat bumpy paths, you will pass vast rice fields, charming traditional villages and groups of buffalo taking a refreshing dip in the water. We rented our scooters from Enchanting Majuli , where we slept during our stay on the island.