THE MAJULI RAAS MAHOTSAV FESTIVAL
Mid-November every year.
Majuli, the largest inhabited freshwater island in the world, is situated in the midst of the mighty River Brahmaputra. A center of Vishnava culture and a bio-diversity hotspot with rare varieties of flora and fauna, the assemblage and assimilation of many ethnic groups under the same sky, retaining their respective individual and traditional cultural entities is a very striking phenomenon that easily attracts visitors to this island. And with a glorious history of 500 years of Satriya (Assammese monastaries) tradition, the island today is a hub where monks learn brilliant ancient forms of arts, philosophy, drama, dance and religion.
Come November every year, Majuli hosts the Raas Mahotsav Festival, celebrating the divinity of Hindu God Krishna with infectious fever. All communities of the island play a part during this time - children acting in plays, teachers lending their voices to characters, shopkeepers and bank employees reciting songs and chants. The various monasteries of the island stage various interpretations of Krishna’s life by using folk dances, puppets, masks, songs and dance, all enrolled in a charming riot of colors. And like old times when there were no television, the Raas Festival is an all-night long extravaganza with no commercials in between, but with everybody’s eyes glued to the performances of the talented and kind artists.
- Witness and take part in the Majuli Raas Mahotsav Festival, an extravagant time of community celebration.
- Bicycle rides to explore the island and its many mysteries.
- Serene boat rides in the mighty Brahmaputra River and its branches.
- Try your hand at traditional methods of catching fish and angling.
- Visit tribal villages, interact with the tribes and stay in a tribal bamboo cottage of the Mising Tribe.
- Go bird-watching around the island.
Minimum persons required - 1
Arrive at Dibrugarh Airport. Drive to Dibrugarh Town for overnight stay in a 3 star hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring the town. Visit tea plantations, market area or go for a serene boat ride in the mighty Brahmaputra River.
After breakfast leave for Majuli Island (6 hours). En route enjoy a ferry ride across the mighty Brahmaputra. Reach Majuli by dusk and stay at Mising Tribe style bamboo cottages or camps. Evening Free.
Day 3 - Day 8
For the next six days Majuli Ras Mahotsav festival will commence with much grandeur. Many fairs are organized during the festival. You can find many world class handicrafts, traditional items and garments, some useful items made of bamboo and cane such as cane chair and table etc and traditional pottery items etc. There is also a beautiful bird sanctuary which gets filled with various migratory birds during the winters. Many exemplary cultural and classical events are organized in this festival and the famed Raas-leela dance is performed by monks of the satras ( Vaisnavite Monastaries ). Other things you can do are, explore the island at a slow pace by hiring a bicycle, taking strolls in the tribal villages of the many tribes who inhabit the island. Go swimming in local pools or try your hand at fishing. Learn the traditional arts from experts, and spend the sunsets in serene boat rides in branches of the Brahmaputra River.
After breakfast, leave to Jorhat Airport or Dibrugarh Airport for a flight back home.
* Accommodations are subject to availability at the time of booking.
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