Journey along the Brahmaputra valley
This 12-day trip takes us to the main places of interest of Assam. We will start this tour in Guhawati, the capital of Assam, then continue to the Kaziranga Park, home to two-thirds of the great single-horned rhinos in the world. We will then take the ferry to the island of Majuli, where we will visit the ‘Satras’, the monasteries of the artist monks, then we will return to Guhawati via Sivasagar, the ancient kingdom of the Ahom rulers.
About Majuli Island
Majuli is a river island of about 400 kilometers formed by the rivers Brahmaputra, Kherkutia Xuti and Subansiri. It is home to many indigenous peoples, mainly the Misings, Deoris and Sonacals Kacharis and has a unique feature in India: the ‘Satra’ or ‘Ekasarana Dharma’ monasteries that practice what is called the ‘neo-vishnouite’ Assamese culture was initiated around the 15th century by Srimanta Sankardeva and his disciple Madhavdeva.
Srimanta Sankardeva was a scholar, poet, playwright and socio-religious reformer; he introduced Vishnuism as a social reform that can be expressed in particularly through the arts. He conceived, from old traditions, new artistic forms in the field of music (Borgeet), theater (Bhaona), dance (Sattriya), and literary language (Brajavali).
Of the 65 original satras, 31 are still active in Majuli. Interestingly, each