Namdapha National Park and Rain forest, Assam Ecotourism and Homestay, Deban tourist lodge, Stillwell Road in Assam, Dehing Patkai Festival of Assam, Tribes of Assam and North East India

The History of the ‘Dehing Patkai’ and the Lake of No Return, the State of Assam and the Indo-Burma Border, Incredible India!

The Dehing is one of the large southern feeders of the mighty Brahmaputra River. The river originates from the junction of the Patkai and Kumaon Bum ranges at Chaukam Pass in the east at an altitude of approximately 2432 meters with snow fall having peaks nearby. The river flows down through the dense forests and hence the water is cold especially in the upper course with rocks and boulders at the bottom.

The Patkai is mountain range that forms a major part of the Indo-Myanmar border. The lowest point in the height of the mountain range is approximately 1229 meters at the Pangsao Pass. The highest point is approximately 2780 meters at the center and the mountain range has about a dozen passes.

The whole belt of the Dehing and Patkai provides a suitable geographical and environmental setting with valuable forests, rare species of animals and birds, mineral resources like oil and coal, etc., and heavy rainfall and fertile arable land suitable for agriculture. It is one of the centuries old most favoured and widely used route during migration by the various ethnic tribes and the Mighty Rulers of Assam – the Ahoms. The historically famous Stilwell Road of World War II also passes through it via the Pangsau Pass. In the area of Dehing Patkai, live a large number of ethnic tribal socio-culturally and physically akin to South East Asia besides non-tribal from different parts of the Country. Among the tribal, the important ones are the Singphos, Tangsas, Noctes, Wanchos, Khamtis, Tai Phakes, Kacharis, Sema Nagas and other non-tribal communities like the Ahoms, Mattacks, Nepalis and so on.

The name Patkai is an abbreviated form of ‘Pat-kai-chang-kan’. It was a typical religious ceremony symbolic to a war dating back to 1401 AD. The ceremony was performed at the edge of the waters of the ‘Nangayang (‘Nang’ for lake and ‘Nyang’ for exists)’ at the foot of the southern slope of the mountain, in token of a treaty of surrender and peace ensuing a war. The War was waged by the Nara King Surupha of Mogaung (in the Shan of Myanmar and now on the Stilwell Road) against the Ahom King Sudangpha alias Bamuni Konwar (1397-1407) of Tipam which was the first capital of the first Ahom King Sukapha (1228-1268).  The actual meaning of ‘Pat-kai-chang-kan’ is ‘Pat’ – to cut, ‘Kai’ – Fowl, ‘Cheng’ – oath, ‘Kan’ – taken, that is an oath was taken by cutting or sacrificing a fowl at that place. Earlier to the event the mountain was called ‘Daikaorang’ which means ‘Dai’ – mountain, ‘Kao’ – nine, ‘Rang’ – meeting together, that is a composition of nine mountains. After the war, the Naras couldn’t hold the ground and hence accepted defeat and retreated. The ‘Borgohain’ of the Nara King informed the Assam ‘Borgohain’ that they had come to Assam on wrong information that there was no King ruling the Kingdom of Assam. They, therefore, wanted to enter into a treaty of peace and friendship with the King of Assam. On receipt of orders from the respective Kings, both the parties, washed off their hands in the waters of the Nangnyang (the Lake) and then performed the ‘Pat-kai-chang-kan’.Two effigies of both the ‘Borgohains’ were also cut on a rock nearby and placed there as a symbol. The ‘Daikaorang’ was made to be the permanent boundary between the two kingdoms. This was the history how the treaty was made and ‘Daikaorang’ came to be known as PATKAI since after.

In this context it may be said that the ‘Naugnyang (the Lake)’ lies inside Myanmar just at the southern foot of the Patkai and down below the southern foot of the Patkai and down below the southern slope of the Stilwell Road at a distance of about two kilometres from the Pangsao Pass. No one appears to have attempted to visit the lake and find out the rock of historical importance since then, probably having lost sight of it, till Mr. S.E. Peal then assistant commissioner, Jaipur (beyond Naharkatia in Assam) decided to retrieve it. Mr Peal along with his team of Assamese labourers reached the location following the upstream of the River Dehing on a boat and then the Namchik River on foot. They however couldn’t locate the rock as it must have rolled down and fell deep down into the very deep swampy mud around the lake water. It was again forgotten until the adventurous American Soldiers visited it during the World War II for reconnaissance and a few of the party met with an accidental death at the Lake thus naming it as the LAKE OF NO RETURN!

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the History of the ‘Dehing Patkai’ and the Lake of No Return, the State of Assam and the Indo-Burma Border, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

Namdapha National Park and Rain forest, Assam Ecotourism and Homestay, Deban tourist lodge, Stillwell Road in Assam, Dehing Patkai Festival of Assam, Tribes of Assam and North East India
The Majestic Dehing Patkai Mountain Range in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

Namdapha National Park and Rain forest, Assam Ecotourism and Homestay, Deban tourist lodge, Stillwell Road in Assam, Dehing Patkai Festival of Assam, Tribes of Assam and North East India
The Nao Dehing River at Deban

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

Namdapha National Park and Rain forest, Assam Ecotourism and Homestay, Deban tourist lodge, Stillwell Road in Assam, Dehing Patkai Festival of Assam, Tribes of Assam and North East India
The Calm and Serene Dehing River

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

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The Singpho Tribes of Dehing Patkai

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

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The Tangsa Tribes of Dehing Patkai

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

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The Tai Phake Tribe of Dehing Patkai

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

Namdapha National Park and Rain forest, Assam Ecotourism and Homestay, Deban tourist lodge, Stillwell Road in Assam, Dehing Patkai Festival of Assam, Tribes of Assam and North East India
Tribal Homestay and Cottages in Assam near the Dehing Patkai

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

Namdapha National Park and Rain forest, Assam Ecotourism and Homestay, Deban tourist lodge, Stillwell Road in Assam, Dehing Patkai Festival of Assam, Tribes of Assam and North East India
The Mysterious Lake of No Return at Myanmar as viewed from the Pangsau pass

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

Namdapha National Park and Rain forest, Assam Ecotourism and Homestay, Deban tourist lodge, Stillwell Road in Assam, Dehing Patkai Festival of Assam, Tribes of Assam and North East India
The Pangsau Pass or the Hell’s Pass and Indo Mynamar Border

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

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The Historic Stilwell Road from Ledo (India) to Kunming (China)

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Memoirs of World War II

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Tour of Tribes of North East India, Eco tourism and homestays in Assam, Traditional festivals and Tribes of Assam

Celebrating Indigenous people of the Legendary Tribes of North East India – the Mishing Tribe, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The Mishing people are an ethnic tribal group inhabiting the districts of Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sibsagar, Jorhat and Golaghat of the Assam state in India. Their total population is more than 1 million in Assam. The Mishings belong to greater Tani people community which comprises many tribes in Arunachal Pradesh in India and Tibet Autonomous Region in China. All Tani tribes share linguistic, cultural and ritual similarities. The Mishings trace back their root to the Abotani or Abo Tani (The first man on earth) like any other Tani tribes.

The Mishings were believed to be original inhabitant of the northern part of Shansi river stretching Mongolian steppe. The Mishings are East Asian, similar to the mixture of the Mongoloid sub-races inside political China as people from Southern China may look more like the South East Asian brown-skinned Mongoloids and more towards the Northern China more fair skinned Mongoloids dwell. They were dwellers of the hills of present day Arunachal Pradesh. Somewhere around the 13th century, they started migrating towards the plains of Assam, most probably in search of fertile land.

Mishings presently living in plains of Assam were not a one single tribe, but evolved into one when many tribes from various Tani tribes in Arunachal Pradesh migrated to the plains of Assam in search of fertile land as well as in search of civilization progress. Over a period of time, they became known as Miris which means priest in Mishing language. This explains the presence of many Mishing clans with different Mishing dialects as well as different levels of development.

The Mishing Tribal people are a majority population on the World’s largest inhabited river island – Majuli. This island, has a very rich heritage and has been the abode of Assamese Vaishnavite culture with tremendous option for spiritual and Ecotourism. This island has been the cultural capital and cradle of Assamese civilization for the past five hundred years. The ‘Satras’ of Majuli preserve antiques like weapons, utensils, jewellery and other items of cultural significance. The handloom work of the Mishing people of Majuli are renowned internationally. Although handloom is a major occupation of the Mishing people of Majuli it is mostly a non-commercial occupation. Their practice of weaving is exquisite and intricate with the use of a variety of colours and textures of cotton and silk, especially the Muga Silk. Fishing, dairying, pottery, boat making and mask making are the other important economic activities of the Mishing people in this island.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East and be a part in Celebrating Indigenous people of the Legendary Tribes of North East India – the Mishing Tribe, Majuli, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Tribes of Assam

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The Mishing Tribal Lady clearing the Rice Husk at the village in the World’s largest inhabited river island of Majuli

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India

Tour of Tribes of North East India, Eco tourism and homestays in Assam, Traditional festivals and Tribes of Assam
The Mishing Tribal Lady at the Loom that weaves out extrinsic handlooms of Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India

Tour of Tribes of North East India, Eco tourism and homestays in Assam, Traditional festivals and Tribes of Assam
The Mishing Tribal Lady brewing local alcohol at their traditional village in Majuli for a home festivity

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Tribes of North East India

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The Coal Queen of Assam – Margherita, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The tinsel town of Margherita is situated on the banks of the River Dehing, a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra and is bordered by the evergreen mystique Patkai Range towards the eastern side. Since time immemorial this region is inhabited by both tribal and non tribal community living harmoniously with their unique cultural and traditional values.

The warm hospitality of the people and their mouth watering ethnic delicacies always offer a warm welcome to an outsider. The awesome landscape of this area painted with the lush green tea gardens along the road, the hillocks, the bountiful flora and fauna, the dark green forests, the streams, enchanting blue hills, flowing rivers, the mysterious clouds that bring rain to the valley, the rich bouquet of arts and cultures of the different community will never fail to beckon tourists to this beautiful area throughout the year. This valley has resources immersed in it that can enthrall an Ecotourist. It’s a futile attempt to narrate the beauty of Margherita in short because Margherita is a nature’s Paradise and one can certainly cherish the beauty of God’s creation in this heavenly abode.

Places of interest at/near Margherita are:

  • India’s only coal Museum at Margherita
  • The Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Heritage Park at Margherita
  • The Singpho Eco Tourist Lodge at Inthong Village
  • The Tea Gardens and Tea Factories at Margherita
  • The Legendary Oil town of Assam and Asia’s oldest Refinery at Digboi
  • The Stilwell Road at Ledo
  • Opencast Coal Mining at Tirap Colliery
  • Oldest operational Steam Locomotives at Tipong Colliery
  • The War Cemeteries of World War II at Digboi and Jairampur
  • The Ledo Airstrip Landing ground of World War II at Ledo
  • Indian Railway’s final frontier at Lekhapani
  • The Tribal Villages for ethnic cuisine and exclusive handicrafts and handlooms
  • The Lake of no Return at Jairampur
  • The Pansau Pass or the Hells Pass at Indo Myanmar Border
  • The Dibru Saikhowa National Park at Tinsukia
  • The Namdapha National Park at Arunachal Pradesh

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to visit the Coal Queen of Assam – Margherita, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
Welcome to the Coal Queen of Assam – Margherita

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

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The North East Coal fields is one of the primary industry at Margherita and its surrounding areas

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
The John Steam Locomotive by W G Bagnall Stafford at India’s only coal museum at Margherita

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
The Steam Locomotives at Tipong Colliery near Margherita

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
The World War II cemetery at Digboi. Image Courtesy: Anil Paudel

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
The Bhupen Hazarika Memorial Park at Margherita

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
Asia’s oldest Refinery – the Digboi refinery that has the oldest operational oil well in the World. Source: wowindia

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
Established in 1925 by the British, the India Club at Margherita is one of the historical buildings at Margherita

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
The Third Largest National Park of India – the Namdapha National Park at Arunachal Pradesh

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
Ferral Horses at Dibru Saikhowa National Park near Margherita. Image Courtesy: Rajib Saikia

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
The beautiful view of the Countryside near Margherita

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

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The calm and serene Buddhist Monasteries near Margherita fill your heart with solace

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

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The beautiful Namdang tea town near Margherita

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
The Namdang Bibi Mazhar where its believed that a persons wishes are granted true

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
The Eco Tourism Singpho Eco lodge at Inthong Village

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
The Historic Lekhapani Railway Station that played pivotal role in the Allied Forces march to victory in the World War II

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
The Historic Stilwell Road from Ledo (India) to Kunming (China) on which the Allied Forces marched to victory over the Japanese in the World War II

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tour of Upper Assam – Digboi & Margherita

Tai Phake Ecotourism camp, Ecotourism Assam, Homestay Assam

Ecotourism stay with the Tai-Phake Tribes at the Tai Phake Ecotourism Camp, Naharkatia, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

India North East has a vast Tourism potential and this can be seen once you travel across the remote places of the region. One perfect example of this is the Tai Phake Ecotourism Camp at Tipam near Dibrugarh, Assam. The state of Assam is the pride of the North East. A land of majestic landscapes and warm hearted people the beauty of this state can be quoted from the words of Swami Vivekananda “next only to Kashmir, Assam is the most beautiful place in India.”

It’s good to know that locals have realized the tourism potential of the state and are now initiating the up-liftment of Ecotourism sector in the state. The Tai-Phake community of Tipam Village without any form of help from the government has transformed the remote and jungle village into a spot of attraction for home and foreign tourists. The Tai Phake Tribal Community belong to the Tai-speaking tribal group living in Dibrugarh district and Tinsukia district of Assam, principally along the areas of Dihing river as well as adjacent parts of Lohit and Changlang districts in Arunachal Pradesh. The Tai Phake people were believed to have migrated from the Shan kingdom Mong Mao (Muang Mao), Myanmar in the 18th century and settled around the banks of River Dehing in the State of Assam.

Tipam, one of the seven Tai-Phake villages in Dibrugarh district situated Naharkatia has a large Buddha temple, Trekking, Fishing and River Boating facilities. Stay for tourists is arranged at the traditional Bamboo Cottages at the village which the villagers have constructed. There are provisions to accommodate a total of sixteen guests at the village. During their stay tourists are offered traditional cuisine that is served by the women folk of the village.

To reach the village you need to cross the dense forests of the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary. If you are lucky you can spot majestic Animal species on your way. At the Tai Phake Eco Camp modern amenities are hard to find which is covered up by the love of the village folks. It would be worth mentioning that without visiting the village it cannot be imagined what is being done by these poor and remote villagers for the upliftment of ecotourism in the state.

Jungleideas welcomes you to the North East India to witness the tradition and culture of the Tai Phake tribes of Assam at the Tai Phake Ecotourism Camp, Naharkatia, the State of Assam, Incredible India.

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Ecotourism Homestays in Assam

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
The Tai Phake Ecotourism Camp at Naharkatia, the State of Assam, Incredible India

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Ecotourism Homestays in Assam

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
The Tai Phake Tribal Community Members in their traditional attire at the Tai Phake Ecotourism camp in Naharkatia

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Ecotourism Homestays in Assam

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The Tai Phake Tribal Lady at the Loom that weaves our

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Ecotourism Homestays in Assam

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
The Eco Camps and Huts at the Tai Phake Eco Tourism Camp

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Ecotourism Homestays in Assam

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
View of majestic tea gardens by the National Highway during your journey to the Tai Phake Eco tourism Camp at Naharkatia

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Ecotourism Homestays in Assam

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
The Buddhist Monastery near the Tai Phake Ecotourism camp at Naharkatia in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Ecotourism Homestays in Assam

Assam Eco tourism homestay and Cottages, Ecotourism in North East India, Tour of Tribes in North East India, Tribes and Festivals of Assam
View of the Landscape from the Tai Phake Ecotourism Camp

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Ecotourism Homestays in Assam

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Tai Phake Ecotourism Camp Huts

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Ecotourism Homestays in Assam

Tai Phake Ecotourism camp, Ecotourism Assam, Homestay Assam
Welcome to the Tai Phake Ecotourism Camp at Naharkatia

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Ecotourism Homestays in Assam

Tai Phake Ecotourism camp, Ecotourism Assam, Homestay Assam
Temple within the Eco camp premises

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Ecotourism Homestays in Assam

Tai Phake Ecotourism camp, Ecotourism Assam, Homestay Assam
Eco Huts at Tai Phake Ecotourism Camp for your comfortable stay

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Ecotourism Homestays in Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park

The Assamese Vaishnavite Monasteries – the ‘Satras’ of the Ahom Dynasty, the ‘Barpeta Satra’, Barpeta, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Established by Assamese Vaishnavite monasteries, the ‘Satras’ are Institutional Centers that propagate Neo Vaishnavism across the State of Assam. An initiative of the Kings of the Ahom Dynasty, these ‘Satras’ house hundreds of celibate and non-celibate ‘Bhokots’ (Monks), hold vast lands and are repositories of religious and cultural relics and artifacts.

Out of the several ‘Satras’ spread across Assam, we have already mentioned about one the most noteworthy ‘the Auniati Satra’ of the river Island of Majuli and its main branch at North Guwahati. In this chapter we bring forth to you another important ‘Satra’ of Assam – the ‘Barpeta Satra’

Established in 1583 AD by the disciple of Sri Sri Srimanta Shankardeva, Sri Sri Madhavdeva the ‘Barpeta Satra’ is located on the quaint town of Barpeta at Barpeta District in Lower Assam. Sri Sri Madhav Deva founded the ‘Barpeta Satra’ five hundred years (500) years back and stayed here for eight (8) long years, where he wrote some of his best known literature’s. For taking his responsibility as a disciple of Sri Srimanta Sankardev, he left the ‘Satra’ transferring the associated responsibilities to his disciple Sri Mathura Das Burha Ata, who later took care of the ‘Satra’ and he became the first ‘Satria’ of the ‘Barpeta Satra’.

It was Sri Mathura Das Burha Ata who systematized the administration of the ‘Barpeta Satra’ leading to development of the institution and the region of Barpeta. A democratic system was introduced which is effective till today. Large number of followers come to Barpeta and accept the Vaishnavate faith irrespective of their caste (high or low in society) that has created an egalitarian Society. This practice has led to the establishment of a new work culture among the followers. The ‘Satra’ has several buildings. The huge front gate is called ‘Batsora’, the main ‘Kirtanghar’ is where prayers or ‘Nam Kirtan’ are performed is an architectural splendor located at the center that was earlier built as a ‘Kutcha’ house. It was later built with concrete and big-pillars were erected. The walls were decorated with beautiful paintings of Hindu Gods in 1952. At the Satra, the ‘Bhokots’ (Monks) discussed all kinds of problems at the ‘Jagmohan Ghar’. In the ‘Bhajghar’ an oil  lamp has been continuously burning for more than 500 years and is called the ‘Akhay banti’.

The ‘Barpeta Satra’ is truly an Architectural Marvel and a magnificent sight to the eyes of its beholder. The Doors of the ‘Satra’ are made of Silver and a visit to this ‘Satra’ will leave anyone mesmerized!

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the marvels of the Assamese Vaishnavite Monasteries – the ‘Satras’ of the Ahom Dynasty, the ‘Barpeta Satra’ at Barpeta, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
The Entrance Gate of the Barpeta Satra at Barpeta in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
The Entrance to the Main Kirtanghar of the Barpeta Satra

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
One of the many discussion halls at the Barpeta Satra

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
The Premises inside the Barpeta where Sri Sri Madhavdeva resided

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
The various wall paintings at the Barpeta Satra Kirtanghar

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
The Satra strictly forbids the entrance of Female devotees into certain areas of the main prayer halls

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
The Main Kirthanghar of the Barpeta Satra. The two strong pillars are of the ‘Tulsi’ plant.

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
The Paintings of the Walls of the Main Kirtanghar at the Barpeta Satra

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
The Jagmohan Ghar where the Temple monks discussed their problems

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
The Pond within the premises of the Satra

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
The ‘Hutis’ or the Huts where the Monks of the Satras stay

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
The Door of the Huts where the Monks stay at Barpeta Satra – Made from Silver

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
The place where Sri Sri MadhavDeva meditated and wrote most of his well renowned books and scriptures

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

Satras of Majuli Island, Assam Temple Tour, Sivasagar Ahom Dynasty, Homestay in Assam, Sustainable Tourism North East India, The Satras of Manas National Park
The Entrance to the Barpeta Satra

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Temple Tour of Guwahati, Assam

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The Assamese Vaishnavite Monasteries – the ‘Satras’ of the Ahom Dynasty, the ‘Auniati Satra’, Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Established by Assamese Vaishnavite monasteries, the Satras are Institutional Centers that propagate Neo Vaishnavism across the State of Assam. An initiative of the Kings of the Ahom Dynasty, these Satras house hundreds of celibate and non-celibate ‘Bhokots’ (Monks), hold vast lands and are repositories of religious and cultural relics and artifacts.

One mentionable Satra in the State of Assam is the ‘Sri Sri Auniati Satra’ of Majuli established by Ahom King Jayaddhaja Singha in 1653 AD. The ‘Sri Sri Auniati Satra’ is the one that occupied the highest position amongst the various Satras of Assam. The slightly elevated land of the World’s Largest Inhabited River Island of Majuli was full of ‘Auni Paan’ (a kind of betel creeper plant). The term ‘Ati’ means elevated place and hence the name ‘Auniati Satra’ came into being.

The idol which receives daily worship in the ‘Satra Temple’ (Manikuta) is the idol of Lord Krishna called Govinda. This idol was originally brought from Jagannath Kshetra from Puri in Orissa and installed here with all the Vedic religious rituals. Apart from the main idol, there are also other idols for worship here. There are twelve branches of this famous ‘Satra’ in various parts of Assam.

The main branch of ‘Auniati Satra’ is at North Guwahati, just opposite to Guwahati city by the Banks of the Mighty Brahmaputra River, which was established in 1915 A.D. by His Holiness Sri Sri Kamal Dev Goswami by possessing 60 Bighas of land from Aswaklanta Temple. The 14th Satradhikar Bhagawat Bhaskar Sri Sri Hem Chandra Deva Goswami rebuilt the old ‘Satra’ in 1959 to its present condition.

The ‘Sri Sri Auniati Satra’ at Guwahati is a four-sided enclosed area with four gateways (Karapat). Centrally placed in this enclosure is a rectangular prayer-hall called the ‘Namghar’ aligned in the east-west direction. On its eastern side there is an additional independent structure called the ‘Manikut’ or the ‘Jewel-house’, the Sanctum Santorum, in which the ‘Asana’ – a wooden tetradehral structure with four carved lions is placed containing the main object of worship (usually a copy of the Bhagavat Purana in manuscript or an idol). The ‘Namghar’ is surrounded by four straight rows of huts, called ‘Hati’, in which the monks (Bhokots) reside. The ‘Adhikara’ and other high officers of the ‘Satra’ reside in the Eastern ‘Hatis’.

This ‘Satra’ plays host to many celebrations and cultural events like the ‘Bhaona’, ‘Doul Utsav’, ‘Janmasthami’ – the Birth of Lord Krishna, the ‘Raas Leela’ – the Life of Lord Krishna depicted in an Art form.

The surroundings of this ‘Satra’ is a picturesque landscape that allows a person to experience the true rural life of Assam amidst the city of Guwahati. The ‘Satra’ overlooks the Brahmaputra River and the smallest River Island of Umananda can be spotted visibly from the ‘Satra’. Surrounded by lush greens and palm trees this ‘Satra’ is a must visit during a person’s tour to Assam to witness the rich religious and cultural relics and artifacts of the Assamese Culture.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the Rich and Diverse traditions of the Assamese Neo Vaishnavite culture at the Assamese Vaishnavite Monasteries – the ‘Satras’ of the Ahom Dynasty, the ‘Auniati Satra’, Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Manas National Park and North Guwahati

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The Sri Sri Auniati Satra at North Guwahati in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Manas National Park and North Guwahati

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The Side View of the Sri Sri Auniati Satra in Guwahati

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Manas National Park and North Guwahati

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Relics at the Auniati Satra in Guwahati

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Manas National Park and North Guwahati

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The Namghar or the Prayer Hall of the Auniati Satra in Guwahati

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Manas National Park and North Guwahati

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The Smallest River Island in the World Umananda as spotted from the Auniati Satra in Guwahti

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Manas National Park and North Guwahati

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Architectual Structures at the Auniati Satra in Guwahati

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Manas National Park and North Guwahati

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Bamboo trees surround the Auniati Satras that adds to the beauty of the Surroundings

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Manas National Park and North Guwahati

Satras of Majuli, the temples of Assam, North East India Temples, Majuli river island, Traditions and Festivals of North East India, Ecotourism Homestay in Assam
The Hatis or the Huts where the Monks of the Satras Reside

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Manas National Park and North Guwahati

Satras of Majuli, the temples of Assam, North East India Temples, Majuli river island, Traditions and Festivals of North East India, Ecotourism Homestay in Assam
The Sri Sri Auniati Satra at Guwahati

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Visit Manas National Park and North Guwahati

Festivals of Meghalaya, Ecotourism in Meghalaya, Mawphlang Eco tourism homestays and Cottages

The Monolith Festival, Mawphlang, the State of Meghalaya, Incredible India!

The State of Meghalaya (meaning abode of the clouds) has never failed to thrill its visitor’s. From pleasant weather, beautiful landscapes, majestic waterfalls and breath-taking scenery, a visit to Meghalaya will surely fill your heart with solace. Shillong aka ‘the Scotland of the East’ and ‘India’s Rock Capital’ is the capital of state of Meghalaya where you see a blend of the cultural past and modern civilization. Shillong is also the District Headquarters of East Khasi Hills District and is situated at an altitude of 1,496 metres above sea level. The capital city has a bracing climate throughout the year. This city has been the seat of Government since the consolidation of the British administration in this part of India more than a century ago.

Meghalaya’s main ethnic communities, each having its own distinctive customs and cultural traditions are the Khasis (of Mon-Khmer ancestry), the Garos (of Tibeto-Burman origin) and the Jaintias said to be from South East Asia. The common trait binding all three communities is its matrilineal system in which the family linage is taken from the mother’s side. The people of Meghalaya are known to be hospitable, cheerful and friendly. Mawphlang is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya state in north-eastern India, 25 kilometers from Shillong. The word ‘maw’ means ‘stone’, ‘maw phlang’ means ‘grassy stone’, and is one of many settlements in the Khasi hills named after monoliths. Mawphlang is the site of one of the Khasi Hills sacred groves. Khasi heritage village- located in the Mawphlang district is considered to be the hub of Khasi culture.

The Monolith Festival is a soulful and mesmerizing festival offering of Meghalaya. If you are interested in music but are more inclined towards soulful strains than rock beats, then the Monolith festival is the one for you. This began as primarily an initiative of the Khasi tribes of Meghalaya but now other tribes too participate whole heartedly in the festival. The debut of the festival was a huge success and happened 4 years back. Since then tourists from all across India have been targeting the Monolith Festival in Meghalaya for its rich experience of cuisine, music and tribal expressions of life.

The major attractions of this festival are Cultural Performances (Dance & Skit), Indigenous Musical Performances, Exhibition & Sale of Handloom and Handicraft, Herbal Massage, Traditional Games, Museum Visit, Indigenous Food and Wine, Ethnic Costume Show, Phawar Competition, etc.

Jungleideas welcomes you to the North East India and be a part of the ‘Monolith Festival’ at Mawphlang, the State of Meghalaya, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Festivals of North East India

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The Monolith Festival at the Khasi Hills Sacred Groves , Mawphlang, the State of Meghalaya, Incredible India

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Monolith Festival Meghalaya, Khasi Sacred Groves, Mawphlang Dam, Shillong Meghalaya
The Sacred grove forest at the Khasi Hills sacred groves at Mawphlang in Meghalaya

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Festivals of North East India

Monolith Festival Meghalaya, Khasi Sacred Groves, Mawphlang Dam, Shillong Meghalaya
The majestic Mawphlang Dam at the Khasi Hills sacred groves at Mawphlang in Meghalaya

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Festivals of North East India

Monolith Festival Meghalaya, Khasi Sacred Groves, Mawphlang Dam, Shillong Meghalaya
Traditional Khasi Huts at the Khasi Hills sacred groves at Mawphlang in Meghalaya

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Festivals of North East India