Raas Mahotsav in Majuli

7 Days
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Majuli literally means ‘land between two parallel rivers’ and so it was many centuries ago, lying between the rivers Brahmaputra to the north and Burhidihing in the south. Several earthquakes, changes in the course of the rivers and severe erosion have today left Majuli with a meagre 420 Km² of area, down from 1,250 Km² that it once covered. Majuli is now the 2nd largest fresh water river island in the world and a treasure island of culture, snuggles in the bosom of the mighty Brahmaputra.

Every year in November, Majuli hosts the Raas Mahotsav Festival, celebrating the divinity of Hindu God Krishna with infectious fever. 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. 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.

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Day 1

Arrival in Guwahati - Kaziranga NP

Welcome at the airport and then transfer to Kaziranga NP. Night in hotel/resort/homestay.

Day 2

Kaziranga NP

In this delightful day, you will embark on thrilling jeep safaris which will go deep inside the wilderness of the national park, through grasslands and teeming forests. There are four forest belts in Kaziranga, namely Agratoli (eastern range) which is primarily dense forest, Kohora (central range) grasslands and home to majority of the rhinos, Bagori (western range) has mixed grasslands and forest and the offbeat Burapahar range which has a hilly forested terrain. Apart from the jeep safaris in the forest ranges and wildlife corridors, visitors can also enjoy a river safari at the confluence of Dhansiri and Brahmaputra rivers to spot the river dolphins, aquatic species, migratory wetland birds and also perhaps the tiger! Night in resort.

Day 3

Kaziranga NP - Majuli

After breakfast, drive to Neematighat, Jorhat and take a boat cruise to Majuli (1 or 2 hrs upstream boat cruise - the time depends upon the water level of the river) - one of the largest inhabited river island in the world and famous for the Vaishnavite Satras or monasteries and its culture. En route there is a possibility of sighting flocks of migratory water birds and the Gangetic River Dolphin. Night in traditional bamboo hut.

Day 4 & 5


These two days, you will be enjoying the Raas Leela Festival. 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. 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... There is also a beautiful bird sanctuary which gets filled with various migratory birds during the winters.Night in traditional bamboo hut.

Day 6

Majuli - Guwahati

Morning take a ferry ride across Brahmaputra River to arrive at Nimatighat and drive back to Guwahati. Night in hotel.

Day 7

Departure from Guwahati

Transfer to the airport (according to the flight schedule). End of our services.