Ziro Valley Apatani Tribes, Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, Shiva Lingam Ziro Valley, Zero Festival of Music, Dree Festival

The World’s tallest naturally formed ‘Shiva Lingam’ at the Land of the Legendary Apatani Tribes, Ziro Valley, the State of Arunachal Pradesh, Incredible India!

Situated at around 115 kms from the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar is the small town of Ziro. Even though this town is far atop the hills but people from across the world know Ziro as the place the hosts India’s largest outdoor Music Festival – ‘the Ziro Festival of Music’. Although this may suggest Ziro as a modern place where the parties and festivities cease to come to an end but it’s completely the other way around. Ziro is a quaint and silent place that is home to the ‘Apatani’ tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. It is only during September when the festival is held you see people from across the world coming to dance to the tunes of the renowned artists both local and global to an atmosphere very similar to ‘Sunburn Festival’ across the various Tier I cities of India!

Ziro is primarily home to the ‘Apatani’ Tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh –friendly, simple and hospitable people with an interesting culture and legacy. They are a non-nomadic, agrarian tribe who share a responsible relationship with nature. ‘Apatani’ people cultivate permanent wet land cultivation instead of dry land cultivation which involves burning forests. Ziro valley is lush with paddy farms and is known for its unique paddy cum fish cultivation where using traditional irrigation methods, farmers rear fish in the knee-deep water. Keeping them company are the adorable, shy, and harmless Indian Bison. Around here, they are called ‘Mithun’ and considered auspicious and are very tasty too!

The largest naturally formed Shivling in the world has been discovered not quite long ago by the people of Arunachal Pradesh in here at Ziro Valley. The Archeological Survey of India(ASI) has made many visits there for observation and many devotees of Lord Shiva have been visiting this place in the recent months to have a view and worship this awesome Shiv Lingam.

A miraculous discovery of Shiva Lingam at the Sidheswar Nath Temple took place on the 1st fortnight of July’2004. According to the Hindu Calendar, it is the month of Shravana, a sacred month to worship Lord Shiva. A Nepalese, Mr. Prem Subha was cutting tree standing at the right of the Lingam. The tree was expected to fell just over it, fortunately, nothing harmed it and the tree landed a few meters away from the Lingam. He felt surprised over it and looked at the rising stone. Suddenly something struck in his mind and realized that it was not a mere stone. It stood clearly visible which appealed him to believe it as Shiva Lingam. Being fully inspired with his beliefs, he started telling the people all about what he had seen and what had happened.

The mystery of this Lingam in Ziro Valley has obviously mentioned in the SHIVAPURANA in 17th chapter of the ninth section (Nava Khand ke Satrahwa Adhyaya) edition 1893 that the tallest Shiva Lingam will appear at a place which will be called Lingalaya and the later the whole will be known as Arunachal.

Now it makes everyone belief about the reality of its appearance. There one can see not only the Lingam but also the image of Goddess Parvati and Lord Ganesha with trunk turning leftward. It is also said that the goddess of water, the Ganga lives with Lord Shiva. Therefore, the constant flow of water from the base of the Lingam can be clearly seen.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness an Epitome of Faith ~ the World’s tallest naturally formed Shiva Lingam in the Land of the Legendary Apatani Tribes, Ziro Valley, the State of Arunachal Pradesh, Incredible India!
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Ziro Valley Apatani Tribes, Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, Shiva Lingam Ziro Valley, Zero Festival of Music, Dree Festival
Welcome to the Sidheswar Nath Temple at Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh

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The World’s Tallest Naturally formed Shiva Lingam at Ziro Valley

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Ziro Valley Apatani Tribes, Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, Shiva Lingam Ziro Valley, Zero Festival of Music, Dree Festival
The Shiva Lingam at the Sidheswar Nath Temple at Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh

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Ziro Valley Apatani Tribes, Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, Shiva Lingam Ziro Valley, Zero Festival of Music, Dree Festival
The Tallest Naturally formed Shiva Lingam in the World at the Sidheswar Nath Temple in Ziro Valley

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Ziro Valley Apatani Tribes, Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, Shiva Lingam Ziro Valley, Zero Festival of Music, Dree Festival
View from atop the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh during the journey to Ziro Valley

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The lush greens of the Ziro Valley

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Traditional Apatani Tribal houses at Ziro Valley

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The trees planted by the Apatani Tribes during their arrival at Ziro Valley

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Ziro Valley Apatani Tribes, Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, Shiva Lingam Ziro Valley, Zero Festival of Music, Dree Festival
Rantu Pussa of Hari Rantu ~ Trees planted by the Apatani Tribes during ancient time to mark their voyage to Ziro Valley

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Traditional Apatani Tribal homes at Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh

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The Agricultural grounds of the Apatani Tribes of Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh

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The Advanced Landing Grounds at Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh

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Agnigarh Fort Tezpur, Tawang Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Bomdilla Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang Madhuri lake, Tezpur Town, Brahmaputra River

‘Agnigarh’ ~ the ‘Fortress of Fire’ amidst the ‘City of Blood’, Tezpur, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Agnigarh aka the Fortress of Fire is located is a hillock on the banks of the mighty River Brahmaputra at the city of Tezpur in the State of Assam. As per Hindu mythology, it is the site of the fortress which was built by ‘Banasura‘ to keep his daughter Usha in isolation. The name itself is derived from the words ‘Agni’ (meaning fire) and ‘Garh’ (meaning fortress or wall) in Sanskrit.

Legend has it that this fortress was surrounded by fire at all times so that nobody could go in or out of the perimeter without permission. Usha fell in love with Aniruddha in her dreams, not knowing who he was. Her companion Chitralekha identified him by painting his portrait from Usha’s description. Chitralekha was not only an artist but one vested with mystical powers. Anirudddha was Krishna’s grandson and Usha, the daughter of an Asura king, therefore was no way any side would consent to their love. She flew one night and brought Aniruddha to Usha’s place while he was still sleeping, using her powers. When Aniruddha opened his eyes and saw Usha, he fell in love immediately. However, Banasura was furious on knowing this, and tied him with snakes and imprisoned him. Lord Krishna, however had agreed for their marriage and had wanted for Banasura to consent for the same. Banasura was a great devotee of Lord Shiva, and as a boon had asked him and his entire family to guard the gates of his city, Tezpur. He therefore was not at all scared by Lord Krishna’s wrath. A war ensued between the Hari (Lord Krishna and his followers) and the Hars (Lord Shiva and his followers), rivers of blood flowed and the city was named Tezpur (City of Blood).

Both sides were nearly wiped out and a final battle followed between Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna, Lord Brahma requested both of them to stop the war by putting him between them. A discussion followed in which Lord Krishna made Lord Shiva see that Banasura was acting wrongly in imprisoning his grandson, and had even disrespected Lord Shiva himself in asking him and his family to be his gate keepers. Lord Shiva agreed, and Banasura was brought. Fearing his life he immediately agreed to the marriage.

The stone sculptures on the Agnigarh hill portray this entire picturesque story of love and great war.
Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to visit the ‘Agnigarh’ ~ the ‘Fortress of Fire’ amidst the ‘City of  Blood’, Tezpur, the State of Assam, Incredible India!
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Agnigarh Fort Tezpur, Tawang Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Bomdilla Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang Madhuri lake, Tezpur Town, Brahmaputra River
the entry Gate to ‘Agnigarh’ ~ the Fortress of Fire at Tezpur in Assam

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Agnigarh Fort Tezpur, Tawang Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Bomdilla Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang Madhuri lake, Tezpur Town, Brahmaputra River
Jungleideas welcomes you to the ‘Fortress of Fire’ ~ Agnigarh at Tezpur in Assam

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Agnigarh Fort Tezpur, Tawang Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Bomdilla Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang Madhuri lake, Tezpur Town, Brahmaputra River
the Staircase that leads to the Agnigarh Fort at Tezpur in Assam

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Agnigarh Fort Tezpur, Tawang Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Bomdilla Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang Madhuri lake, Tezpur Town, Brahmaputra River
The Statue of Lord Shiva kept at Agnigarh in Assam

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Agnigarh Fort Tezpur, Tawang Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Bomdilla Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang Madhuri lake, Tezpur Town, Brahmaputra River
The statues depicting the Battle between Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna at Agnigarh in Assam

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Agnigarh Fort Tezpur, Tawang Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Bomdilla Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang Madhuri lake, Tezpur Town, Brahmaputra River
The Usha Chitralekha Statue at the Agnigarh Fort at Tezpur in Assam

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Agnigarh Fort Tezpur, Tawang Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Bomdilla Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang Madhuri lake, Tezpur Town, Brahmaputra River
The Stone Pillar at the Agnigarh at Tezpur in Assam

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Agnigarh Fort Tezpur, Tawang Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Bomdilla Monestary Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang Madhuri lake, Tezpur Town, Brahmaputra River
The majestic view of the mighty Brahmaputra River from the Agnigarh Fort at Tezpur in Assam

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Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism

The Assamese Vaishnavite Monasteries ~ ‘Satras’ of the Ahom Dynasty, the ‘Auniati Satra’, Island of Majuli, 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.

With around 550 residents of udasin vaishnavs, the Sri Sri Auniati Satra established at Majuli in 1663 A.D., has been the epicenter of the Vaishnavism and Satriya culture in Assam. In addition to the regular holy practices in the Satra, numerous literary pursuits like  biographical works of the Vaishnavite Saints, cultural compositions of ‘bhaonas’, ‘Satriya songs and dances’, religious publications and preaching related to religious and societal works are the core activities of the Auniati Satra. The Satriya ritual activities of the Auniati Satra include Sharana, Bhajan, Nam-Prasanga, religious festivals and related devotional performances for the pleasure of Lord Govinda. The Satradhikar, Deka Satradhikar, Govindapuriya with theirvaishnava disciples lead an udasin life (celibacy and purely devoted to the thinking of God).

The main prayer in the Auniati Satra continues from morning till evening everyday and is being continued without interruption for more than last 350 years. The Satriya performances are usually a regular devotion to Lord Govinda by the vaishnavs in the Satra in the general prayer hall (Naam-ghar). In addition, there are also special performances devoted to Lord in presence/ supervision of the Satradhikar on various occasions and festivals. These festivals are Paal-naam, Raas-leela, Janmastami, Holi, Dewali, Bohag Bihu (Assamese New Year), Kati Bihu etc. Thedeath anniversaries of the past Satradhikaras and the Vaishnavite Gurus are also ritually celebrated.

The Satriya performances of the Auniati Satra include various forms of prayers, dances and religious theatrical shows based on the great Indian epics of Puranas, Vedas, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Srimad-Bhagawat etc. The foremost dance performances of SriSri Auniati Satra are Natua, Apsara, Sutradhar, Ozapali (Panchali and Dulari), Sali, Jumura, Krishna Gopi Nritya, Maati Akhara andGayan-Bayan. The Songs (Satriya Geeta) includes Gayana Geet, Ozapali Geet, Janmastami Geet, Raas-Geet, Gopal Bairagya Geet, Raja Gharia Geet, Guru Bandana, Deva Bandana & Natarmajar Geet. Naama , Hiya Nam, Deeha Nam, Sabahua Nam, Bairagi Nam, Nam Mangal, Ghosa Mangal, Ras Mangal,Bairaginam, Barnam etcOne of the significant festivals of Sri Sri Auniati Satra is Palnaam, commencing from the 25th day of Assamese Kartika Month to the 29th day of the same. Thousands of followers (disciples) gather in the main Majuli satra for offering their prayers during these days. 

Other major activities include the spiritual guidance (preaching) called Sharan, Bhajan and Malamantradan under the direct supervision of the Satradhikar or his delegates. The Auniati Satra with its head quarter in Majuli has two more focal establishments in North Guwahati and Kaliapani (Teok) with more than 1 million followers across the country. The Satra upholds the pride of performing cultural Satriya programmes as invited delegation across the country including National programmes like Republic day celebration at New Delhi, presentation at Rashtrapati Bhawan (for the President of India), National Cultural festivals at National Museum, New Delhi, Jodhpur, Rajashthan, Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu etc. etc.

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’, the Island of Majuli, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Auniati Satra at Majuli River Island

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Satras of Assam, Satras of Ahom Dynasty, Neo Vaishnavism of Assam, Majuli Island Satras
The ‘Monikut’ within the premises of the Auniati Satra in Assam

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Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Namghar of the Auniati Satra

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The ‘Namghar’ or the place of Worship at the premises of the Auniati Satra in Assam

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Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Auniati Satra at Majuli

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Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The main Branch of the Auniati Satra at Guwahati

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Majuli Mask Making, Satras of Majuli Island, Majuli Island Tour, Sivasgar Ahom Kingdom, Jorhat Tea Assam
Traditional Masks kept on display at the home of Hem Chandra Goswami

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Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
Hem Chandra Goswami Mask Making specialist Majuli

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Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Auniati Satra

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Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Hutis where the monks of the Auniati Satra Reside

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Satras of Majuli, Auniati Satra Majuli, Majuli River Island, Sattriya Nritya Majuli
The beautiful landscape of Majuli Island

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Satras of Majuli, Auniati Satra Majuli, Majuli River Island, Sattriya Nritya Majuli
Crossing River Brahmaputra aboard a Ferry Boat to reach the Island of Majuli from Neemati Ghat

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Satras of Majuli, Auniati Satra Majuli, Majuli River Island, Sattriya Nritya Majuli
The Mighty Brahmaputra near Majuli Island

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Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism

A tribute to the founder of the feared Ahom Dynasty ~ ‘Swargadeo Chaolung Sui-ka-Pha Samanway Kshetra’, Jorhat ‘Tea Capital of the World’, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

On your visit to Assam (or rather anywhere in the World) there will always be one question on your mind – ‘What are the unique things about this place’? And you will always seek to know the answer from a local, a person who has lived here across a major part of his life. You may get many different set of answers from these small sample size of people you will choose to select. Some of the answers will be the One Horned Rhino of Assam – an endangered animal species native to Assam, the Majuli River Island – the World’s Largest inhabited River Island, the Satras of Majuli – that preach Neo Vaishnavism as propagated by Srimanta Sankardeva and his disciples, the River Brahmaputra – the only male river that flows across Assam, the Dhola-Sadiya  Bridge – India’s longest Bridge, the Oil town of Digboi – the World’s oldest operational Oil well, etc. But one common answer across all these sets of answer will be the Ahom Kingdom of Sivasagar. The Kings of Assam who were so feared during their time that even the Mighty Mughals couldn’t defeat them at the time when they were ruling the whole of India! The Ahoms although known for their ferocity were also one of the most generous of all. Their grandeur in Architecture can be witnessed at the town of Sivasagar in Assam where the like of the ‘Talatal Ghar’, the ‘Kareng Ghar’ and the ‘Rang Ghar’ can be seen.

But as history has always narrated, no kingdom becomes great without mighty leaders. From Alexander in Greece to Akbar the Great in India, these able leaders created and expanded their empire into a Global one. Not was much different here too with the Ahom Dynasty. Created by one and the legacy carried on by the other made this dynasty one of the most feared and powerful in the country! Although there were many great leaders who played a major role in building the success of this Empire, one noteworthy to be mentioned is the founder of the Ahom Dynasty. He whose praise is sung even today and who will be remembered across the memoirs of the State of Assam always – Chaolung Sukhapa!

The name “Sukafa” brings a sense of pride in every Assamese individual’s heart. Chaolung Sukhapa was the first Ahom king in medieval Assam, & was the founder of the Ahom kingdom (which is famous for defeating the Mughal empire 17 times). As I recall, he was a Tai prince originally from Mong Mao, (now in Yunnan province in Peoples Republic of China). After spending 19 years as crown prince, Sukaphaa decided to leave Mong Mao. According to tradition, his grandmother advised him thus – “no two tigers live in the same jungle, no two kings sit on the same throne.” Accordingly Sukaphaa is said to have left Chieng-Sen the capital of Mong Mao in the year 1215 AD.

He was accompanied by three queens, two sons and a daughter; chiefs from five other dependent Mongs, members of the priestly class and soldiers—a total contingent of 9,000. Some commoners are recorded as having joined this core group on the way. He traveled a long distance & entered Assam in 1228 A.D. His  journey from Yunnan to Assam passed through many places like Myitkyina, Mogaung and the upper Irrawaddy river valley and  Patkai hills among many others. On his way he stopped at various places and crossed the Khamjang River to reach the Nangyang Lake where he fought and defeated the Nagas and reached the Brahmaputra valley in the early 13th century.  The kingdom he established there existed for nearly six hundred years and in the process unified the various tribal and non-tribal peoples of the region that left a deep impact on the region. In the quest of expanding his kingdom, he reached Namrup and constructed a bridge on the Sessa River, and went along the Burhi Dihing River in order to establish a colony for wet rice cultivation. After a substantial amount of time, when he couldn’t find a suitable land, he returned downstream to Tipam. In 1236, he left Tipam for Abhaypur and in the year 1240, the area was struck by flood, which made him move again down the Brahmaputra to Habung, which is present-day Dhakuakhana. In1244,he moved down the Brahmaputra to the Dikhowmukh, because Habung was also struck by flood, and then up the Dikhow river up to Ligirigaon. Finally, in the year 1253, the capital of Ahom Kingdom was established at Charaideo, which lies close to the present-day Sibasagar and eventually initiated the mission of building a state.In honour to his position, the term ‘Chaolung’ is generally associated with his name-Chao meaning lord & Lung meaning great.

Since 1996 December 2 has been celebrated in Assam as the Sukaphaa Divas, or Asom Divas (Assam Day), to commemorate the advent of the first king of the Ahom kingdom in Assam after his journey over the Patkai Hills. He is also known as the first Assamese.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness Architectural Grandeurs of the Ahom Dynasty and pay tribute to the founder of the feared Ahom Dynasty ~ ‘Swargadeo Chaolung Sui-ka-Pha Samanway Kshetra’, Sivasagar and Jorhat ‘Tea Capital of the World’, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Entrance to the Swargadeo Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha Samanway Kshetra at Jorhat in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
Welcome to the Swargadeo Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha Samanway Kshetra at Jorhat in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Samanway Kshetra of Swargadeo Chaolung Sukapha at Jorhat in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Statue of Chaolung Sukapha at the Samanway Kshetra at Jorhat in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Musuem that has ancient artifacts of the Ahom Dynasty at the Sui ka Pha Samanway Kshetra

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The founder of the Ahom Dynasty and the first Assamese – His Highness Cholung Sukhapa. Image Source: Wikipedia

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
Lachit Borphukan commanding the Ahom army during the Battle of Saraighat as depicted at the Saraighat War Memorial in Guwahati

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
Religious Ceremmony being arranged to mark the festival of Me Dam Me Phi at Margherita in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Rang Ghar at Sivasagar is Asia’s First Amphitheater and an excellent example of the Architectural might of the Ahom Dynasty

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
Ancient Cannons of the Ahom Dynasty used in Warfare on display at the Talatal Ghar at Sivasagar in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
Majuli Traditional Masks kept at the home of Hem Chandra Goswami

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Auniati Satra at Majuli River Island

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
Hem Chandra Goswami Mask Making specialist Majuli

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
Chaolung Sukapha Statue at the Samanway Kshetra at Jorhat in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism
The Statue of Chaolung Sukapha at the Samanway Kshetra at Jorhat in Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit ~ Tour of Sivasagar and Majuli

Chaolung Sukapha Ahom, Ahom Kingdom Sivasagar, Lachit Borphukan, Ahom Dynasty Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Jorhat Thengal Manor, Assam Tea Tourism

Revisiting the Lost art of traditional Mask Making ~ the Island of Majuli, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

How would you feel if we tell you – “Bid Goodbye to the city hustle bustle and come lets seek a life by the Banks of one of the greatest Rivers in the World – the Mighty Brahmaputra. Lets spend our days fishing on the fresh waters of the Brahmaputra, practice the lost art of Pottery and Mask making, indulge in Organic Farming, weave out Exquisite Handicrafts of Bamboo and Cane and spend our evenings savoring freshly brewed fine local wine and Barbecued delicacies of meat and fish.” To some this piece of advice may seem to be one of the craziest in the World whereas to some it may seem like an endless pleasure to seek the utmost solace in their life. To tell the truth, this is the actual life of the people who inhabit one of the most pristine and breathtaking location in the World – the World’s Largest Inhabited River Island of Majuli surrounded by the magical waters of the River Brahmaputra.

The island of Majuli, has a very rich heritage and has been the abode of Assamese Vaishnavite culture with tremendous option for spiritual and eco-tourism. 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 tribal people of Majuli mostly the Mishings are renowned internationally. Although handloom is a major occupation of the people of Majuli it is mostly a non-commercial occupation. 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 this island.

Mask making is one of the most famous traditional crafts still practiced in Majuli. It is mainly practiced by the ‘Satras’. The ‘Samaguri Satra’ has worldwide acclaim in making exquisite masks. It has been practiced by the ‘Bhakats’ here for centuries. Masks are an integral part of Sattriya culture. Traditionally, masks were used for religious dance and drama. They were conceptualized as a tool by Shrimanta Shankaradeva to make and depict the characters of ‘Srimad Bhagwat’ to the devotees. Masks helped to provide a physical form to the puranic characters. They also helped people to associate with the character and expressions of the mythical heroes. Shri Hem Chandra Goswami at the Samaguri Satra of Majuli has been practicing this art since the last 20 years and he continues to train artisans of the island to learn the art of mask making thus keeping alive this tradition.

Masks are used for religious performances and traditional dramas. Mainly materials like bamboo and cane, cloth, clay and rock color etc are used for making masks. In some case wood may also be used. Traditionally three types of masks are prepared viz.

  • Mukha: these are face masks.
  • Lotokai mukha: this type of mask is used to move lips, eyes hands etc.
  • Bor mukha: this is nearly life size or even larger in special cases.

Traditionally, first the frame of mask is prepared using bamboo and string etc, then using color and cloth the final finishing is done by the master craftsmen. Bhakats plant trees as per their requirement and maintenance of these trees are also their responsibility.

PROCESS
There are two types of masks based on frame material used:

  • Made of bamboo
  • Made of paper

Bamboo is spliced into small pieces and long thin sticks are crafted into a skeleton of bamboo shaped as per requirement of the character. Over that, a layer of cow dung or clayey soil is applied for minute details such as nose, eyes, ears and others. A piece of cloth is stuck over that with gum and dried in sun. Hengul, Haital, Neel, and Balichanda (mica) is applied for accentuation.The paper mache masks are made with clay cast. The clay is shaped with a knife, seeds of Bihmana or Kendu is crushed for making the gum which is applied over the pieces of paper. They are then soaked and cast on the clay cast. Hengul, haiatal, Neel, Dhalmati etc are powdered on a brass plate with stone and they are applied for color. The brush used is made of cat’s hair stuck on a pointed bamboo. The colors and dyes are stored in small bamboo nodes.

The paper masks are used only for making headgear. For other parts bamboo, mud, and cloth are used. The masks that are made for the characters of Brahma, Hansa, Ganesha, Gaduda, Jatayu, ten headed Ravana, Kumbhkarna, Taraka, Maricha, Subahu, Putana, Chakravat, Kaliya Naag, Bakasura, Aghasura, Dhenukasura, Batsasura, Hanuman, Jambuban, , Baraha, Nar Simha etc. Masks for Krishna, Rama, Lakhshmana are not made. For the day of the performance they are regarded as the God’s incarnation. Apart from these the craftsmen also prepare Dadhishal, rathas (chariots) for war, swords, Gada, Bow and arrow, axes, trishula, Vajra, Chakra, Head gear, Nupur, full sized cow, horses etc are also made as per the need of the story being recited.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to revisit the Lost art of traditional Mask Making ~ the Island of Majuli, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Majuli Mask Making, Satras of Majuli Island, Majuli Island Tour, Sivasgar Ahom Kingdom, Jorhat Tea Assam
Majuli Traditional Masks kept at the home of Hem Chandra Goswami

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Majuli Mask Making, Satras of Majuli Island, Majuli Island Tour, Sivasgar Ahom Kingdom, Jorhat Tea Assam
Traditonal Masks at the premises of Hem Chandra Goswami

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Majuli Mask Making, Satras of Majuli Island, Majuli Island Tour, Sivasgar Ahom Kingdom, Jorhat Tea Assam
Hem Chandra Goswami Mask Making specialist Majuli

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Majuli Mask Making, Satras of Majuli Island, Majuli Island Tour, Sivasgar Ahom Kingdom, Jorhat Tea Assam
Traditional Masks kept on display at the home of Hem Chandra Goswami

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Majuli Mask Making, Satras of Majuli Island, Majuli Island Tour, Sivasgar Ahom Kingdom, Jorhat Tea Assam
At the premises of Hem Chandra Goswami

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Majuli Mask Making, Satras of Majuli Island, Majuli Island Tour, Sivasgar Ahom Kingdom, Jorhat Tea Assam

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Majuli Mask Making, Satras of Majuli Island, Majuli Island Tour, Sivasgar Ahom Kingdom, Jorhat Tea Assam
Majuli Mask Making artists

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Majuli Mask Making, Samuguri Satra Majuli Island, Majuli Island Tour, Sivasgar Ahom Kingdom, Jorhat Tea Assam

Artists perform a demonstration of ‘Bhauna’ ~ the art of story telling wearing the traditional masks in Majuli Island

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Majuli Mask Making, Samuguri Satra Majuli Island, Majuli Island Tour, Sivasgar Ahom Kingdom, Jorhat Tea Assam
Artists perform a demonstration of ‘Bhauna’ ~ the art of story telling wearing the traditional masks in Majuli Island

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Majuli Island, Masks Majuli, Majuli Hotels, Majuli Satras, Assam Tourism
Artists of the Samaguri Satra preparing traditional masks ~ Majuli ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Majuli Island, Masks Majuli, Majuli Hotels, Majuli Satras, Assam Tourism
The Satradhikar of the Samaguri Satra preparing traditional masks ~ Majuli ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Majuli Island, Masks Majuli, Majuli Hotels, Majuli Satras, Assam Tourism
Foreign visitors admiring the traditional masks ~ Majuli ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Majuli Island, Masks Majuli, Majuli Hotels, Majuli Satras, Assam Tourism
The traditional masks of Samaguri Satra on display ~ Majuli ~ Assam ~ India

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Majuli Mask Making, Samuguri Satra Majuli Island, Majuli Island Tour, Sivasgar Ahom Kingdom, Jorhat Tea Assam
The Ferry Boat the crosses Brahmaputra to reach Majuli

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Majuli Mask Making, Samuguri Satra Majuli Island, Majuli Island Tour, Sivasgar Ahom Kingdom, Jorhat Tea Assam
The Beautiful Brahmaputra River at Majuli

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Majuli Mask Making, Samuguri Satra Majuli Island, Majuli Island Tour, Sivasgar Ahom Kingdom, Jorhat Tea Assam
Apong Brewing Majuli by Mishing Tribes

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Majuli Mask Making, Samuguri Satra Majuli Island, Majuli Island Tour, Sivasgar Ahom Kingdom, Jorhat Tea Assam
Mishing Tribal Ladies clearing rice husk at Majuli Island

Recommended Itinerary for your visit: Visit Kaziranga, Majuli & Sivasagar

Manas National Park Assam, One Horner Rhinoceros Manas National Park, National Parks of Assam

Jungle Safari into the heart of the ‘Rhino land’ ~ the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary ‘Highest Population Density of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros’, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

When the word ‘Rhinoceros’ strikes our mind, the first name that pops in our head is the famous ‘Kaziranga National Park’ of Assam that is home to the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros. And it’s ok, because that’s what we all have portrayed in our head for a long time now. But what we all have to reconsider is that there is a Wildlife Sanctuary just near Guwahati that has the highest density of One Horned Indian Rhinoceros (93) in the entire world and it’s not known to the majority of people. Yes, it’s the ‘Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary’ which holds this illustrious record. With the rhinos being hunted down by the poachers on a regular basis, its not at all easy to maintain this record.

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, is situated around 42 kms from Guwahati, in the plains of River Brahmaputra in the district of Morigaon. Legend has it that the King of Mayong gave the name Pobitara to the forest after his lovely daughter who died in her youth. In 1971, the forest was declared a reserve forest to protect the famous rhinos. In 1987, Pobitara was declared a wildlife sanctuary. The extent of the Protected area is 38.81 sq km. Pobitora is mainly famous for its great Indian one horned Rhinoceros. Besides Rhinoceros the other animals found are Asiatic Buffalo, Leopard, Wild bear, civet cat etc. The Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to more than 2000 resident and migratory birds such as Indian pied horn bill, osprey, hill myna, kalij pheasant. Due to its rich birdlife, the Sanctuary is also called as the ‘Bharatpur of the East‘. Various species of reptiles like Indian python, common monitor lizard, Indian tent turtle, Indian cobra are also found in the sanctuary.

Very near to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is the Land of Black Magic in India ~ ‘Mayong’. Mayong is located in a picturesque setting of nature in the west of the district of Morigaon in Assam. The mighty Brahmaputra river flows along the outskirts of northern Mayong and the river Kolong lies on its west; and the two beautiful rivulets namely Pakaria and Daipara lie in its east.  The drive from Guwahati to Mayong is across dense forests and once you enter these woods you can feel a strange calm that sets into your soul and you can feel the magical vibes flowing through your body. In addition to Magic, Mayong  has a large number of archaeological relics dating back to several hundred years lying scattered in different parts of the area. The longest stone inscription in Asia which is 3.85 meters in length is located at Mayong. Though the people of Mayong have  stopped their practice of Black Magic, they still use magic to cure many ailments of the local people. Some of these magical rites are ‘Tez Rakhowa Mantra’ (to stop the oozing of blood), ‘Ushah Shular Mantra’ (to relieve the pain while breathing), ‘Bichar Shung Guchuwa Mantra’ (to cure the hairy caterpillar bite), ‘Narengar Mantra’ (to cure abscess in the back bone) and many others are still practiced to help and cure people with ailments. One of the famous outstanding magical art (we witnessed it in front of our eyes) that is very much prevalent in Mayong is curing of back pain by village witch doctor who utters a magical chant and uses a copper dish to track where the pain originates. The plate gets stuck to the body and the locals believe that this dish eats away the pain. The local witch doctor demonstrates the magical act and if the person is really suffering from a back pain, then the copper dish becomes hot like fire with seconds and its gets smashed automatically.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to experience a Jungle Safari into the heart of the ‘Rhino land’ ~ the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary ‘Highest Population Density of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros’, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

To plan your visit to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary visit: www.jungleideas.com

Pobitora Sanctuary Rhino, Mayong Black Magic, Kaziranga National Park Rhino, Jeep Safari Rhino, Elephant Safari Rhino
The Pride of Assam ~ the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros is to be spotted surely at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

To plan your visit to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary visit: www.jungleideas.com

Pobitora Sanctuary Rhino, Mayong Black Magic, Kaziranga National Park Rhino, Jeep Safari Rhino, Elephant Safari Rhino
Assam tourism details and welcomes you to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

To plan your visit to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary visit: www.jungleideas.com

Pobitora Sanctuary Rhino, Mayong Black Magic, Kaziranga National Park Rhino, Jeep Safari Rhino, Elephant Safari Rhino
Rhinoceros at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam

To plan your visit to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary visit: www.jungleideas.com

Pobitora Sanctuary Rhino, Mayong Black Magic, Kaziranga National Park Rhino, Jeep Safari Rhino, Elephant Safari Rhino
the Endangered Indian One horned Rhinoceros at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam

To plan your visit to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary visit: www.jungleideas.com

Pobitora Sanctuary Rhino, Mayong Black Magic, Kaziranga National Park Rhino, Jeep Safari Rhino, Elephant Safari Rhino
The Indian One Horned Rhinoceros as spotted from the Roads near the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam

To plan your visit to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary visit: www.jungleideas.com

Pobitora Sanctuary Rhino, Mayong Black Magic, Kaziranga National Park Rhino, Jeep Safari Rhino, Elephant Safari Rhino
Deer Skull replica kept at the Tourism Lodge at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam

To plan your visit to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary visit: www.jungleideas.com

Pobitora Sanctuary Rhino, Mayong Black Magic, Kaziranga National Park Rhino, Jeep Safari Rhino, Elephant Safari Rhino
Welcome to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary ~ home to the highest population density of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros

To plan your visit to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary visit: www.jungleideas.com

Pobitora Sanctuary Rhino, Mayong Black Magic, Kaziranga National Park Rhino, Jeep Safari Rhino, Elephant Safari Rhino
Enjoy a thrilling Jeep Safari into the interiors of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary to spot One horned Rhinoceros species

To plan your visit to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary visit: www.jungleideas.com

Pobitora Sanctuary Rhino, Mayong Black Magic, Kaziranga National Park Rhino, Jeep Safari Rhino, Elephant Safari Rhino
The Forest Range office at the Pobitora Wildlife Snactuary in Assam

To plan your visit to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary visit: www.jungleideas.com

Pobitora Sanctuary Rhino, Mayong Black Magic, Kaziranga National Park Rhino, Jeep Safari Rhino, Elephant Safari Rhino
For your comfortable stay at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

To plan your visit to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary visit: www.jungleideas.com

Pobitora Sanctuary Rhino, Mayong Black Magic, Kaziranga National Park Rhino, Jeep Safari Rhino, Elephant Safari Rhino
Relics kept at the Mayong Museum of Magic

To plan your visit to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary visit: www.jungleideas.com

Pobitora Sanctuary Rhino, Mayong Black Magic, Kaziranga National Park Rhino, Jeep Safari Rhino, Elephant Safari Rhino
Ancient relics of the scriptures of Black Magic kept at the Mayong Museum of Magic

To plan your visit to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary visit: www.jungleideas.com

Pobitora Sanctuary Rhino, Mayong Black Magic, Kaziranga National Park Rhino, Jeep Safari Rhino, Elephant Safari Rhino
The Elephant Safari Riding Point at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam

To plan your visit to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary visit: www.jungleideas.com

Pobitora Sanctuary Rhino, Mayong Black Magic, Kaziranga National Park Rhino, Jeep Safari Rhino, Elephant Safari Rhino
The Rhino statue at the Park within the premises of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam

To plan your visit to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary visit: www.jungleideas.com

North East India Trekking Tours, Mawlynnong Village Trek, Mawhplang Meghalaya, Living Root Bridges Meghalaya

Exotic Trekking Tours at India’s Paradise Unexplored ~ ‘the Abode of Clouds’, the State of Meghalaya, Incredible India!

Jungleideas welcomes you to the State of Meghalaya ~ ‘the Abode of Clouds’ to experience Exotic trekking tours at the following destinations:

  • Guwahati (the Gateway to North East India)
  • Shillong (the Scotland of the East)
  • Cherrapunjee (the Rainiest Place on planet Earth)
  • Mawlynnong (Asia’s Cleanest Village)
  • Mawphlang (Khasi Hills Sacred Groves)
  • Dawki (the Land of Clear Water and exotic Waterfalls)

1 | KING’S HIGHWAY TRAIL TREK

  • DURATION: 4NIGHTS/5DAYS
  • DESTINATIONS: GUWAHATI – PYNURSLA – MAWLYNNONG – DAWKI – GUWAHATI

The Kings High Trail is an ancient root used by the king to reach the then Trade centre in Dawki. This Trail will take you across the wilderness of Meghalaya. In this Trail, you’ll cross Mawlynnong: The cleanest Village of Asia and visit all the important Tourist attractions of Meghalaya.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • CAMPING
  • JUNGLE WALK
  • TREKKING & HIKING
  • VILLAGE VISIT
  • MAWLYNNONG ROOT BRIDE
  • ASIA’S CLEANEST VILLAGE – MAWLYNNONG
  • CLEAR WATER BOATING AT DAWKI

DAY 1: GUWAHATI – PYNURSLA (5 HOURS)

On your arrival, you’ll be met by our representative. We will directly hit the road to Pynursla. The roads are good, so do enjoy the lovely drive through the lush green hills. Lunch/Snacks on way, depending upon the flight timings. After check in, time to loosen up from the journey.

Night Stay: Pynursla Campsite

Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 2: TREK TO MAWLYNNONG (5-6 HRS)

Today after breakfast, we kick start our trek to Mawlynnong.

Highlights of the Trek:

  • This is an ancient route used by the king’s to reach the market place.
  • Cross Hanging Bridge
  • Picturesque Views.

Night Stay: Mawlynnong Campsite/Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: MAWLYNNONG

Today is our day of relaxation in the beautiful village of Mawlynnong, settled in the wilderness of East Khasi Hills. You spend the day simply enjoying the nature of the place. Get your camera out, make notes of the place, read a book or anything that unwinds you.

For Sightseeing the options are:

  • Asia’s cleanest village
  • Living Root Bridge
  • Watch Tower ( Take a view of Bangladesh )
  • Balancing Rock
  • Village Walks

Night Stay: Mawlynnong Campsite/Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast.

DAY 4: TREK TO LENKHAT (DAWKI) 5-6 HRS

Today after breakfast, we start the second half of the Trek to Lenkhat, Dawki.

Highlights at Dawki

  • Boat Ride
  • Visit to Bangladesh Border
  • Authentic Traditional Khasi Food
  • Watch throw people mingle in the unmarked National border
  • After sightseeing we’ll get to our Mawlynnong base camp.

Night Stay: Mawlynnong Campsite/Homestay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch.

DAY 5: RETURN

After breakfast, we can head back home making a quick visit to Cherrapunjee (the Rainiest place on planet Earth) and stop overs at Shillong tourist attractions and have some fun at the water sports complex at Barapani (Umiam Lake). Head to the Guwahati airport for your onward destination. Tour Ends. Bid Adieu!

To know more visit: www.jungleideas.com

North East India Trekking Tours, Mawlynnong Village Trek, Mawhplang Meghalaya, Living Root Bridges Meghalaya
Exotic Trekking Tours at Meghalaya ~ ‘Abode of the Clouds’

2| DAVID SCOTT TRAIL TREK – ABODE OF CLOUDS 

  • DURATION: 4NIGHTS/5DAYS
  • DESTINATIONS: GUWAHATI – MAWPHLANG – CHERRAPUNJEE – MAWLYNNONG – DAWKI

HIGHLIGHTS

  • CAMPING
  • TREKKING
  • VILLAGE VISIT
  • DOUBLE DECKER ROOT BRIDGE TREK
  • ASIA’S CLEANEST VILLAGE – MAWLYNNONG
  • CLEAR WATER BOATING AT DAWKI

DAY 1: GUWAHATI – MAWPHLONG. (4 – 5 HRS)

On your arrival, you’ll be met by our representative. We directly hit the road to Mawphlang. The roads are good, so enjoy the lovely drive through the lush green hills. Lunch/Snacks on way, depending upon the flight timings. After check in, time to loosen up from the journey.

Night Stay: Campsite/Cottages, Mawphlang.

DAY 2: MAWPHLANG – Duration of trek is 5 hours.

Today after breakfast, we kick start the Trek. The trek starts from Mawphlong – end point Lad

Mawphlang. Duration of trek is 5 hours.

Highlights of the Trek:

  • Village Visit
  • Cross Hanging Bridge
  • River Valley Crossing

We’ll have packet lunch on the way. The Beauty of the surroundings will make it, one of the best dining experiences you’ll ever have. Our car will pick us up from Mawphlang and continue journey.

Or

We can also start off the trek early before breakfast. In this case, breakfast will be packed and we’ll have it on the way.

Night Stay: Cherrapunjee. Resort/Cottages

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch.

DAY 3 – CHERRAPUNJEE – DOUBLE DECKER ROUTE BRIDGE – Duration of trek is 5 hours.

Today after breakfast, we kick start the Double Decker Route Bridge Trek. Duration of trek is 5 hours.

Highlights of the Trek:

  • These Double Decker Bridges are one of the most unique bridges in the world. They are grown by the ancient tribes of the Khasi hills.
  • Pools with pristine blue water. Bathing is also an option.
  • Cross Hanging Bridge
  • Picturesque Views

After the trek we’ll get back to our base for lunch. Take your time for yourself, making notes, checking the picture or getting some more sleep. Then we‘ll go out for local site seeing:

Options are:

  • Water Falls
  • Caves
  • Heritage Church
  • RK M Ashram

                                                      Or

We can also start off the trek early before breakfast. In this case, breakfast will be packed and we’ll have it on way.

Night Stay: Resort/Cottages. Cherrapunjee.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 4: MAWLYNNONG & DAWKI

Today is our day in the beautiful village of Mawlynnong, settled in the wilderness of East Khasi Hills.

Morning after breakfast we visit the Living Root Bridge of Mawlynnong. You spend the day simply enjoying the nature of the place. Get your camera out, make notes of the place, read a book or anything that unwinds you.

For Sightseeing Options are

  • Asia’s cleanest village
  • Watch Tower ( Take a view of Bangladesh )
  • Balancing Rock
  • Village Walks

We get back to our base for lunch. Take your time for yourself, making notes, checking the picture or getting some more sleep. Then we‘ll go out for Dawki site seeing.

DAWKI SIGHTSEEING OPTIONS:

  • BOATING
  • BANGLADESH BORDER

Night Stay: Homestay/Cottages. Mawlynnong.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 5: RETURN

Today after breakfast, we drive back to the airport and you fly to your onward destination.Tour Ends. Bid Adieu!

To know more visit: www.jungleideas.com

3 |DOUBLE DECKER ROOT BRIDGE TREK TRAIL

  • DURATIOIN: 4NIGHTS/5DAYS
  • DESTINATIONS: GUWAHATI – CHERRAPUNJEE – MAWLYNNONG – DAWKI – GUWAHATI

TOUR BRIEF:

There are some journeys in life which are hard to forget. The Double Decker Root Bridge Trek is one such journey. Meghalaya’s root bridges are unique in the world and are a sight to behold. The bridges are tangles of massive thick roots, which have been intermingled to form a bridge that can hold several people at a time.

In this trip we’ll trek to the double decker root bridge, which is located near Cherrapunjee. We’ll also be covering the most beautiful tourist circuits of Meghalaya i.e: Asia’s Cleanest Village : Mawlynnong & Dawki.

HIGHTLIGHTS:

  • TREKKING
  • VILLAGE VISIT
  • DOUBLE DECKER ROOT BRIDGE
  • ASIA’S CLEANEST VILLAGE – MAWLYNNNONG
  • CLEAR WATER BOATING IN DAWKI

DAY 1: GUWAHATI – CHERRAPUNJEE. (4 – 5 HRS)

On your arrival, you’ll be met by our representative. We directly hit the road to Cherrapunjee. The roads are good, so enjoy the lovely drive through the lush green hills. Lunch/Snacks on way, depending upon the flight timings. After check in, time to loosen up from the journey. If time permits we can visit the different waterfalls/caves of the area.

Night Stay: Resort/Cottages.Cherrapunjee.

DAY 2: CHERRAPUNJEE – DOUBLE DECKER ROUTE BRIDGE – DURATION OF TREK IS 5 HRS.

Today after breakfast, we kick start the Double Decker Route Bridge Trek. Duration of trek is 5 hours.

Highlights of the Trek:

  • These Double Decker Bridges are one of the most unique bridges in the world. They are grown by the ancient tribes of the Khasi hills.
  • Pools with pristine blue water. Bathing is also an option.
  • Cross Hanging Bridge
  • Picturesque Views

After the trek we’ll get back to our base for lunch. Take your time for yourself, making notes, checking the picture or getting some more sleep. Then we‘ll go out for local site seeing :

Options are:

  • Water Falls
  • Caves
  • Heritage Church
  • RK M Ashram

Or

 We can also start off the trek early before breakfast. In this case, breakfast will be packed and we’ll have it on way.

Night Stay: Resort/Cottages. Cherrapunjee.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 3: PYNURSLA (4 HRS)

Today after breakfast, we’ll drive to Pynursla. From there we kick start our trek to the longest root bridge accessible in the East Khasi Hills

Highlights of the Trek:

  • Longest root bridge
  • Virgin Wilderness
  • Picturesque Views

Lunch can be arranged as time suitable. After Lunch we can go to Mawlynnong for stay overnight.

Night Stay: Homestay/Cottages. Mawlynnong.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 4: MAWLYNNONG & DAWKI

Today is our day in the beautiful village of Mawlynnong, settled in the wilderness of East Khasi Hills.

Morning after breakfast we visit the Living Root Bridge of Mawlynong. You spend the day simply enjoying the nature of the place. Get your camera out, make notes of the place, read a book or anything that unwinds you.

For Sightseeing Options are

  • Asia’s cleanest village
  • Watch Tower ( Take a view of Bangladesh )
  • Balancing Rock
  • Village Walks

We get back to our base for lunch. Take your time for yourself, making notes, checking the picture or getting some more sleep. Then we‘ll go out for Dawki site seeing.

DAWKI SIGHTSEEING OPTIONS:

  • BOATING
  • BANGLADESH BORDER

We get back to our base for lunch. Take your time for yourself, making notes, checking the picture or getting some more sleep. Then we‘ll go out for Dawki site seeing.

Night Stay: Homestay/Cottages. Mawlynnong.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 5: RETURN

Today after breakfast, we drive back to the airport and you fly to your onward destination. Tour Ends. Bid Adieu!

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Exotic Trekking Tours at Meghalaya ~ ‘Abode of the Clouds’

 

4| The Living Root Bridge Trail Trek

  • DURATION: 4NIGHTS/5DAYS
  • DESTINATIONS: GUW – MAWPHALANG – CHERRAPUNJEE – MAWLYNNONG – DAWKI – GUWAHATI

TOUR BRIEF:

Most Bridges are built, THESE WERE GROWN. Meghalaya’s double-decker and single-decker root bridges are unique in the world and are a sight to behold. The bridges are tangles of massive thick roots, which have been intermingled to form a bridge that can hold several people at a time. Khasi people have been trained to grow these bridges across the raised banks of streams to form a solid bridge, made from roots.

The living bridges are made from the roots of the Ficus elastica tree, which produces a series of secondary roots that are perched atop huge boulders along the streams or the riverbanks to form bridges.

This Tour will specially take you to a mystic journey covering three Major Root Bridges of Meghalaya.

HIGHTLIGHTS:

  • 3 ROOT BRIDGES
  • DOUBLE DECKER ROOT BRIDGE TREK
  • MAWLYNNONG ROOT BRIDGE
  • LONGEST ROOT BRIDGE, PYNURSLA
  • CAMPING
  • TREKKING
  • VILLAGE VISIT
  • ASIA’S CLEANEST VILLAGE – MAWLYNNNONG
  • CLEAR WATER BOATING IN DAWKI

DAY 1: GUWAHATI – CHERRAPUNJEE (3.5 – 4 HRS)

On your arrival, you’ll be met by our representative. We directly hit the road to Cherrapunjee. The roads are good, so enjoy the lovely drive through the lush green hills. Lunch/Snacks on way, depending upon the flight timings. After check in, time to loosen up from the journey. If time permits we can visit the different waterfalls/caves of the area.

Night Stay: Cherrapunjee Resort/Cottages.

DAY 2: CHERRAPUNJEE – DOUBLE DECKER ROUTE BRIDGE – DURATION OF TREK IS 5 HRS (UP&DOWN)

Today after breakfast, we kick start the Double Decker Route Bridge Trek. The trek starts from – DOUBLE DECKER ROUTE BRIDGE – end point Lad Mawphlong. Duration of trek is 5 hours.

Highlights of the Trek:

  • These Double Decker Bridges are one of the most unique bridges in the world. They are grown by the ancient tribes of the Khasi hills.
  • Pools with pristine blue water. Bathing is also an option.
  • Cross Hanging Bridge
  • Picturesque Views

After the trek we’ll get back to our base for lunch. Take your time for yourself, making notes, checking the picture or getting some more sleep. Then we‘ll go out for local site seeing :

Options are:

  • Water Falls
  • Caves
  • Heritage Church

Or

We can also start off the trek early before breakfast. In this case, breakfast will be packed and we’ll have it on the way.

Night Stay: Resort/Cottages. Cherrapunjee.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 3: CHERRAPUNJEE – PYNURSLA (2 HRS)

Today after breakfast, we’ll drive to Pynursla. From there we kick start our trek to the longest root bridge accessible in the East Khasi Hills

Highlights of the Trek :

  • Longest root bridge
  • Virgin Wilderness
  • Picturesque Views
  • RK M Ashram

Lunch can be arranged as time suitable. After Lunch we can go to Mawlynnong for stay overnight.

Night Stay: Resort/Cottages. Mawlynnong

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: MAWLYNNONG & DAWKI

Today is our day in the beautiful village of Mawlynnong, settled in the wilderness of East Khasi Hills.

Morning after breakfast we visit the Living Root Bridge of Mawlynong. You spend the day simply enjoying the nature of the place. Get your camera out, make notes of the place, read a book or anything that unwinds you.

For Sightseeing Options are

  • Asia’s cleanest village
  • Watch Tower ( Take a view of Bangladesh )
  • Balancing Rock
  • Village Walks

We get back to our base for lunch. Take your time for yourself, making notes, checking the picture or getting some more sleep. Then we‘ll go out for Dawki site seeing.

DAWKI SIGHTSEEING OPTIONS:

  • BOATING
  • BANGLADESH BORDER

Night Stay: HomeStay/Cottages. Mawlynnong.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 5: RETURN

Today after breakfast, we drive back to the airport and you fly to your onward destination. Tour Ends. Bid Adieu.

To know more visit: www.jungleideas.com

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