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Revisiting Majuli Island: India’s Largest River Island

I remember back in the summer of 2015, I fell in love with the Majuli Island — a 450 sq km of an untouched land (and India’s largest river island) that appears to have been forgotten by today’s new-age influence and of any technology. Here people still pedalled a manual bicycle to work. Hand manoeuvred boats were preferred over the motored ones. What is often termed as India’s largest river island, Majuli Island, at least to me, revealed itself as a no man’s land where simmering mat of yellow rice fields and water meadows bursting with hyacinth blossoms were more in mass and number than there was life. More than two years later as I revisited Majuli in December 2017, to meet a friend, I figured that Majuli was still pretty much the same. If the rest of India was developing at a rate of 6, on a scale of 10, Majuli was still somewhere in decimals below 1. Roads were still deprived of any concrete. A chaay and a samosa still cost less than 10 Rupees. …

Majuli Island: In Photos

My first sight of Majuli island (as you can see in the photos below) was on a humid afternoon in June when I arrived on the morning ferry from the city of Jorhat. For about ten minutes, the adjoining land was aswarm with people pouring out of ferries, before they all hop-in to sharing jeeps and buses and made their way into Majuli. Then abruptly all became silent and I found myself left behind, wandering through the empty shores, waiting for another ferry to arrive and share another jeep. This is how my unforgettable journey to this surreal, almost magical place began.  Soon, its pristine beauty left me startled, craving to stay there forever. So let’s walk on a photo tour and know more about Majuli from my eyes. Update: I happened to revisit Majuli Island 2 years after my first trip. And it still remains one of the most interesting and beautiful places I’ve seen in India. Read about my second visit to Majuli island here: Majuli Island Travel Blog! To reach Majuli Island …