When you think of Assam, gateway to the land of seven sisters, the first thing that comes to mind is the majestic horizon of river Brahmaputra; in the heart of which lies the world’s biggest river island, Majuli. Being so rich in art and its cultural heritage, this magnificent isle has a lot to offer to the World Tourism Industry.
This cultural capital of Assam (Majuli) has massive scope for exercising beneficial eco-tourism successfully. And, before moving on to what can be done, let us explain what eco-tourism actually is. “Eco-tourism” involves travelling to areas of natural and ecological interest which are relatively undisturbed and provides a platform to observe wildlife and conservation of environment. It is entirely a new approach in tourism industry and has become an important activity in the uncontaminated areas across the globe.
Majuli, with its unique natural beauty can mesmerize every lover of nature. From water bodies to yellow mustard fields, bills with variety of flowers to the mighty Brahmaputra with setting sun, nature has given everything in abundance to this island.
Majuli, also considered as the Cultural capital of Assam, has been the hub of the Assamese Neo-vaishnavite culture initiated by the great Assamese saint and social reformer Srimanta Shankardeva and his disciple Madhavdeva, who preached vaishnavism and established monasteries and hermitage known as Satra’s. Auniati, Dakhimpat, Garamur, Kamalabari, Bengenati, Samaguri etc. are some of the prominent satras in Majuli. These Satra’s preserve many valuable books written in distant past on Sachipat (bark of sacred Sashi tree), and are also the storehouse of antiques like weapons, utensils, jewelleries and other items of Ahom Kingdom and cultural wisdom.
Spinning and weaving are common practices of the tribal and non-tribal people in Majuli. The colorful designs made by them are unique and much attractive. The textile produced in each satra differs in quality and depicts scenes from the life of the Lord Krishna.
The exclusive style of living with different social rites and rituals, dressing cultures and food habits of the entire tribal and non-tribal people of this isle are sufficient to attract eco-tourists from any part of the world.
Majuli has immense potentialities of ecotourism which have been overlooked or not practiced in true sense. To attract eco-tourists from all over the world we must depict Majuli as a biodiversity hotspot and a land of unique natural beauty.
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