Rural Beauty of Assam
DIBRUGARH – NAMPHAKE – MAJULI – JORHAT
In this trip, you will leisurely discover the beautiful countryside of Assam and get to know about the various tribes and their diverse cultures. In this slow-paced trip, you will get a taste about the rural and ethnic Assam and her traditions and culture.
The trip will start with a visit to the Namphake Village. Namphake is the home of the Tai-Phake tribe whose origin can be traced back to Thailand and China. The Tai Phakes had migrated to Assam in the 18th century and are believed to be the descendants of the Ahom race that ruled the state for almost 6 centuries. You will witness the unique art, architecture and culture of the Tai Phake people along with enjoying the serene village beside the Burhidihing River.
Further, you will visit Majuli. Majuli is world’s largest riverine island amidst the mighty Brahmaputra river, located 200 km east of Guwahati. The island is the cultural hub of Assam, the birthplace of Neo-Vaishnavite culture that is followed largely by the people of Assam. It is the home to many Assamese monasteries or Satras where monks reside following the simple way of life. These Satras are not just monasteries, but centres of traditional performing arts. The monks, young or old follow their custom and culture learning traditional arts, music, dance, drama and religion. You can visit the old monasteries and get a view of the lives of the monks. You can also strike a conversation with a monk who will be happy to share his stories and knowledge with you.
You will also visit the indigenous tribes at Majuli and indulge in some traditional activities like pottery and weaving. Majuli with its vast expanse of wetlands is also a bird watchers’ paradise.
This trip will definitely introduce you to the beauty and simplicity of Assam. Discover the traditions and culture of Assam while listening to interesting tales from the past and marveling at the natural beauty of the place.
Day 1 | The Land of Tai-Ahoms (Dibrugarh – Namphake village)
After arrival at Dibrugarh, we will proceed towards the Namphake village. The drive will be through the beautiful countryside and the famous tea gardens of Assam. Enjoy the beauty of the countryside while you reach Namphake.
Namphake is a serene village located beside the Burhidihing River. The origin of the village can be traced back to almost 1850 AD when the ethnic Tai Phake tribe migrated to this small village of Assam. Since then, these tribes are the inhabitants of the village. Namphake is the largest settlement of the Tai Phake community. However, they are very particular about clinging on to their age-old traditional rituals and cultures.
Day 2 | Rural beauty of Assam – Namphake
Spend the day exploring the quaint village and knowing about the tribe that has preserved their age-old tradition. You will see their houses are traditionally built on stilts and have their unique style. The villagers too prefer to wear their traditional attire and speak their own dialect.
you will visit the age –old monastery of the village and the Golden Pagoda built in Burmese architectural style. Inside the monastery main house, there is a golden statue of Buddha 6 feet tall. The historical monastery has inscriptions and paintings that narrate the story of the migration of the tribe. When their ancestors migrated to Assam, they had brought among themselves a lot of valuable and important religious scriptures. Some of these are still found in the monastery.
You will go for a tour of the monastery with the monks and get to know about the tales from the past.
Day 3 | Ferry to the largest River Island (Namphake – Majuli)
Start early today. Leave Namphake towards Nemati Ghat. It will take around 7 hours. From Nemati Ghat, you will take the ferry across the mighty Brahmaputra River to Majuli. Arrive by afternoon and spend the rest of the day leisurely exploring the vast island and the beautiful countryside. Stay at a rural household and enjoy the local cuisine.
Day 4 | The Satras of Majuli
Today, you will visit various Satras of Majuli. The day will start by enjoying the devotional hymns at the Satras. We will visit the famous Dakshinpat, Auniati, Kamalabari Satra. See the monks practice a rare form of art, music and drama and neo-Vaishnavite philosophy. Spend some time interacting with the monks listening to their stories.
You will also visit the Natun Samaguri Satra where the monks make extremely elaborate traditional masks. These masks are used for Bhaona, the dance dramas depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. We will visit the mask man, the famous story-teller of Majuli. His masks are quite popular around the world. He is an excellent narrator and will enthral you with the history of how it all came into existence. You can also buy masks for taking as a souvenir back home.
After the Satras, you will pay a visit to Salmora, the potter’s village. The unique thing about this place is that the potters make earthenware without the use of potter’s wheel.
The day will end on a pious note by visiting the Kamalabari monastery to see the monks perform prayers with cymbals and drums at sunset.
Day 5 | The Rural charm of Assam – Majuli
Today, you will embark on a journey to the backwaters of Majuli and engage in bird watching. The large wetlands of the place are a home to various species of birds. You can enjoy fishing on the island as well.
You will also visit the villages of the Mishing tribe. The Mishings are the indigenous inhabitants of the island. They originally belonged to the hills of Arunachal Pradesh. These peaceful people often faced occasional attacks from neighbouring tribes and so migrated to Assam to settle down here peacefully. Here they adopted a new culture. Most of the villages are along the scenic riversides and the main habitat of the Mishing tribes is fishing. Visit the local handlooms.
In the evening, leisurely enjoy the spectacular sunset on the banks of River Brahmaputra.
Day 6 | Majuli – Jorhat. Depart for respective destinations.
After breakfast, catch the ferry to Nimati Ghat and then transfer to the Jorhat or Dibrugarh Airport. Depart with beautiful memories and unique experiences.