Coming here is like stepping back to an earlier India of little motor traffic (cycling is a delight), peaceful woodlands and wetlands, and Mishing tribal villages with wooden stilt houses.

Mājuli or Majoli is a river island in the Brahmaputra River, Assam and in 2016 it became the first island to be made a district in India. It had an area of 880 square kilometres (340 sq mi) at the beginning of the 20th century, but having lost significantly to erosion it covers 352 square kilometres (136 sq mi) as at 2014. Majuli has shrunk as the river surrounding it has grown. Majuli is currently listed as the world's largest river island in the Guinness Book of World Records.

History and Culture

Originally, the island was a long, narrow piece of land called Majoli (land in the middle of two parallel rivers) that had the Brahmaputra flowing in the north and the Burhidihing flowing in the south until they met at Lakhu. It was once known as Ratnapur and was the capital of the powerful Chutia kingdom.

Mājuli has been the cultural capital of Assamese civilisation since the 16th century; based on written records describing the visit of Srimanta Sankardeva — a 16th-century social reformer. Sankardeva, a pioneer of the medieval-age neo-Vaishnavite movement, preached a monotheist form of Hinduism called Vaishnavism and established monasteries and hermitages known as Satra on the islet.The island soon became the leading center of Vaishnavism with the establishment of these Satras.


The gorgeous river island of Majuli can be visited in winter Season from November to March. The cool temperature and the breathtaking vistas make the ambience beautiful. 

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  • November - March

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Satras are most significant part of Neo Vaishnavism culture. These are both temple and culture centre for Neo vaishnavite disciple. Most of the Assamese people are followers of Neo Vaishnavism. Saint Srimanata Sankar Deva established 64 satras in Majuli island to spread the culture and education in ancient time. Due to erosion in Majuli island, only 31 satras left.


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