Gals to Majuli Island
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"After a 3 hour bus from Kohora to Jorhat, a 20 minute tuktuk and a 1 1/2 hour ferry, we made it to Majuli! Us, along with 200 others piled onto this ferry that was somewhere between a raft you build at the beach and the worst boat ever built. I felt like a celebration was needed when the thing actually started. It was extremely crowded and people were basically sitting on top of one another, people even sat on the roof. Every piece of space was being used. On the upside, there were life jackets. Approximately 6 of them."
"We ended up returning to the first place we visited- Ygdrasill Bamboo Cottage. Not only was is breathtakingly beautiful, but it was well priced and the staff were delightful! "
And more from Joey:
"Most of the homes on the island are on bamboo or concrete stilts because when monsoon season hits, they need the extra 15-20ft. The majority of the houses were bamboo with a small bamboo bridge connecting the house to the road. The residents of Majuli are mostly of the Mising tribes from Arunachal Pradesh that immigrated centuries ago. Also, apart from them, residents are from the Deori and Sonowal Kacharis tribes....Our full day on Majuli we actually spent off the island at a neighbouring sandbar on the Brahmaputra river called the Molai Forest. This island has been made into what it is today by a man named Padma Shri Jadav “Molai” Payeng. He has dedicated his life and spent the past 35+ years planting trees on the island where he lived alone. Now, he has his family along with some men that help him care for the island, but it remains a very secluded lifestyle....There have been a few documentaries on him in recent years, one called Foresting Life. There’s is a also a YouTube video on him called Forest Man that’s worth a watch: YouTube Forest Man"
And continuing Joey:
"It is predicted that all these islands, including Majuli, will be gone in the next 2 decades due to rising water levels.....
This island is a spectacular hidden gem and I highly recommend a visit! I wish we could have spent more time here, but we’ve got other places to go and people to see! Next stop Dibrugahr! "
Manjuli was good - stayed at a bamboo hut place out from both sections of town in an absolutely gorgeous setting - rice fields (harvest time now), ponds, trees - loads of birds... and a really nice owner / "housefather" (not a hostel, but had that flavor. Did a day trip yesterday to an island where a fellow has spent his whole adult life planting trees, grass, bushes, etc., to turn the island into a green area rather than the bare sand on - apparently - all the other islands but Manjuli itself. Interesting.