Honeymoon in Majuli
What visions flood your mind when you envision about your honeymoon? If you see yourself serenading with your newly wedded partner in a pristine and unspoilt island location, then you should be at Majuli to see your dreams come to fruition. Majuli is a wetland and home to numerous species of wild animals and birds many of which are on the verge of extinction. Many rare species of migratory birds including the Siberian Crane, Whistling Teal, and the Pelican flock to Majuli which forms the riverine estuary of the Brahmaputra River.
There are many other wetlands in the vicinity apart from Majuli. This riverine island is free from pollution and it rains here almost throughout the year. Majuli is the biggest of riverine islands in the world. Majuli is famous for its satras or monasteries and is the main hub of the people of Vaishnavite faith. Taking a tour of the Majuli village is a must for all newlyweds. You'll carry back wonderful memories of the rich traditional life of the tribal people and their colourful festivals. If you want to while away your honeymoon moments in complete seclusion far away from the hustle bustle of urban life, then you should plan your post wedding trip to Majuli.
Majuli is an island on one of the largest and most turbulent rivers in the world-the Brahmaputra. Majuli originally had a total area of about 1250 sq. Kms but is now only 422 sq. Kms in size having lost a significant proportion of land due to gradual erosion. The nearest town is Jorhat in the north-eastern state of Assam, about 20kms away from where one can head to Majuli by ferry. Guwahati-the capital and largest city of Assam is about 200kms away.
The nearest railway station is in Jorhat. You can reach Jorhat from Guwahati by rail, road or air. You can fly into the airport at Guwahati and take a taxi to head to Jorhat. Guwahati is well connected with all major metros in India. Jorhat also has an airstrip or aerodrome and are there are regular flights from Guwahati, Kolkata and Shillong. Buses also regularly ply between Jorhat and Guwahati. You'll have to reach Neamati Steamer Ghat and take a ferry for getting to Majuli Island. The journey takes approximately three hours. You'll get wonderful vistas of the Brahmaputra River while you're on the ferry.
Best Time to Visit
Majuli experiences heavy to intense rainfall during the monsoons. Summers are extremely hot and sultry. The winter season that lasts from December to February. The winters are cool and pleasant and therefore the ideal time to visit.
Where to Stay
Accommodation options are very limited in Majuli. However if you can befriend a tribal family in the island, you can stay as a guest in one of their huts or cottages. Or else, you can make reservations for staying in a hotel or resort in Jorhat or Guwahati or other towns in the vicinity of Majuli. Two of the best accommodation options in Majuli for honeymooners are La Maison De Anand and Po Okum.
What to Carry
- Travel Documents
- Travel Insurance papers
- Debit/Credit Cards
- Disposable Cash
- First Aid Kit
- Essential Medications
- Light woollen garments, windcheaters, jackets. etc (if you're visiting during the winter season)
- Insect Repellents
- Gumboots/leather boots
- Notebook (containing important phone numbers and addresses)
Your travel agent will be able to tell you in detail on what else you need to carry.
Things to Do
If you have a penchant for teeing, you can enjoy a round of golf in the several golf courses in and around Jorhat. You can take a cruise on the Brahmaputra River and soak in the magnificent panoramas all around. Catch rare glimpses of age-old temples, grand palaces, Buddhist monasteries and Islamic historical structures. Take a jeep safari in the Kaziranga National Park and take snapshots of rhinos. To have a more pleasurable experience, cruise in the park atop an elephant. Explore the entire by foot or hire a cycle rickshaw for touring the countryside, the bazaars, and the verdant tea gardens. You can consider angling in the Jia Bhoroli River.
- Gurudwara at Dhubri
- Kamakhya Temple atop Nilachal Hills
- Nabagraha Temple on Chitra Chal Hills near Guwahati
- Umananda Temple on Peacock Island
- Basisthashram on Sandhyachal Hills
- Madan Kamdev near Guwahati
- Da-Parbatia near Tezpur town
- Agnigarh near Tezpur town
Surely pick up wooden handicrafts made by locals, Muga silk sarees, three piece woman garment known as Mekla, and other knickknacks before you fold up your honeymoon sojourn.