Welcome back guys!
In my previous post about trip to Majuli I covered how I start this epic journey in this post I’ll share my first day in the island. So don’t go anywhere just keep reading.
How to go
My crew and I rented a car from Jorhat as I mentioned in my last post about this place and if you are new than this a place in Assam, India which is connected with railway from across all places in India also one can come through airway and the nearest airport to fly to Jorhat would be Kolkata, India. Its better to be prepared with a vehicle to take you around and save your time. We boarded in a huge boat carrying us along with our belongings including our vehicle from “Nimati Ghat” Jorhat and the view of the river Bramhaputra was alluring. It took just an hour from “Nimati Ghat” to reach the other side that’s our destination “Majuli” the largest river island in the entire world. When our boat stopped I was like open- mouthed my feet were on the soft sand there were beautiful boats everyehere which captivated my heart. The sun was comming down and the view was to die for. We got our luggage and ready to hit the road. I booked my hotel a month ahead( there are many websites out there which will help you with your hotel selection) of this journey as Majuli is a national heritage site so the reason is quite clear and most importantly I want my trip to be hassle free. On our way to the hotel I enjoyed the amazing weather the vibe of being on a River Island for the first time is beyond my words now. The houses were like floating over the water everything was like a dream.
few glimpses from inside the boat
First look of Majuli
This is the place where I was staying.
Our hotel was just 15 minutes drive from the river bank and the moment I got to see it I jumped with joy “oh my Lord am I going to stay here!” It was the first thing came out of me. The vibe was so rustic! There were small cottages surrounded with water I can definitely call it as a floating hotel, just like a tropical getaway. But I wouldn’t recommend this hotel to my readers as the service it offered wasn’t worth the money I paid, one can absolutely get a better deal. Anyway coming back to my experience I checked into my personal cottage and after a long day hustle I was so tired that couldn’t hold back myself much longer and went to sleep.
I woke up early in the morning and the view from my cottage was surreal. Nature has bestowed this place with immense beauty. Without wasting a moment I decided to get ready and find out what makes this place so valuable that people from all over the world come to have a piece of it. I got a map of the island from the owner of the hotel depicting all those amazing destinations that island could provide. Now I couldn’t wait no more to explore that map was really helpful to design my journey where to begin and where to end along with the help of GPS we began our journey.
Now before going further in this journey it’s really important to brief you about this place. It’s the world’s largest river island in the Bhramaputra river, Assam and also the first island to be made district in India. It has an area of 885 square kilometres previously but due to continuous errosion it lost it’s area and now it covers 355 square kilometres. This island is well know for its art, culture and diversity.
So moving towards our first destination It’s one of the famous Sattra in the entire island “Chamaguri Sattra”
The man in the poster (LHS) is the head of the Satra
Satra or Sattra (as pronounce) is basically a religious institution or prayer house which is embedded with several Art and culture. This is associated with vaishnavism which is a form of Hinduism and believes in simple form of worship just by uttering the name of God. Assam is the only place in India where this Sattras are thriving since the 16th century still they are continuing to preserve their art and culture.
Coming back to “Chamaguri Satra”. It was quite a long drive from the hotel after almost 2 hours of drive and asking random people we were finally there. They had some renovation going on that’s why the place is now actually called as “Notun Chamaguri Satra” ( Notun means new). This satra is a well known mask making institute they have got visitors from all over the world keen to learn mask making. These masks are heads of various Indian mythological characters and use in the traditional dramas mainly in the epic stories like “Mahabharata” where an actor wearing the mask of a particular character play the role. The head of the Sattra Sri Koshakanta Dev Goswami won national award for his workmanship. Unfortunately I couldn’t get to meet him but his son who is carrying his legacy in the best possible manner. I also managed to get a quick interview of the man talking about the art of making such incredible masterpieces and I will definitely upload it in my upcoming post. These masks are basically made of clay which is available in the river Bramhaputra, the frame is made of bamboo and finally use paint to give them the desired look. Apart from making mask for festival or celebratory purpose they also make other masks which they put for sale for visitors to take home as souvenirs . The spokesperson of the Satra was even saying that Many tourist got so inspired of mask making that they tried thier own hands and every time a tourist make something they keep that as a token of love and put it on display with the other masks for the visitors.
That experience was phenomenal I came to know about so many new things including ancient art and culture of our country also meeting such wonderful people just made me extremely happy. But time was running out and I had many places in my bucket list to visit so I bid farewell to Chamaguri sattra and started moving towards my next destination.
I tried one mask too.What do you think!..
Picture with the man himself.
All the above pictures are from Chamaguri Satra.
Dakhinpat Satra(pictures Below are all from this Satra)
This satra is also a famous religious institute popular for its inexplicable traditional dances and festivals like Raasleela. After Chamuguri it was so hard to take I mean so much of wonder in a day.while I was entering through the gate I found it ostentatiously decorated with religious design and imprinted with beautiful flowers. There are several small temples inside the Satra and the river water there turned into pink that was so magical for me. Well that was all about the outside view now the inside look was to die for. It was full of alluring paintings and sculptures unfolding the cultural heritage of this Satra.
Dakhinpat Satra came into existance in the 15th century founded by Shri Vamshigopal the desiple of the head of the Satra Shri Vanamalidev and he was much respected and honoured by the then king of Assam (previously known as Ahom) for his enormous work towards the Satra.
Now what makes this place so worthwhile, After interviewing many young desiple over there we came to know that this Satra is actually a coffer of traditional dances and advance centre of performing modern art. It holds many antiques telling us about the importance culture. I was so lucky that I got to walk the talk with young generation Satra Member desiple of the legendary head of the Satra and I will be so thrilled to share it with all of you. So keep watching this space it’ll be coming soon.
I have yet to hit so many destinations which I’ll try to cover in my next post. As this place is a treasure box so exploring never stops. It is so great to have you here, keep reading, keep supporting hope you all like this place as much as I do. The comment section is the place where you can ask me anything or if you follow me on Instagram then simply Direct message me. Thank you so much for stopping by.
Outfit information -1
- Pant- H&M
- Top- Shein
- Bag- Koovs
- Belt- Shein
Outfit information -2
- Skirt- Zara
- Top- Berskhacollection
- Bag- Zara
- Flats- Myntra
- Hat- Shein
Here are few BTS from the trip. Please enjoy