Kohima War Cemetery, Hornbill Festival Nagaland, Nagaland Tourism, Assam Tourism

‘The Battle of Kohima and it’s Memoirs’ ~ the Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima, the State of Nagaland, Incredible India!

The period of 1939 to 1945 was one of the darkest moments in the history of mankind. It was during this period the world witnessed the Second World War – a state of ‘total war’ where the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. This war brought down the major super powers of the period into ashes. Japan was rocked with the mighty nuclear explosion of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and it was after the Second World War that the world realized the might of the Americans!

The World War II might have brought down the will of the Germans and Japanese to be the might of the World but it to be mentioned that all wars lead to destruction of devastating proportion. The World War II too led to the same fate and millions of people were killed around the world that included the soldiers of the Army who laid down their lives to bring peace to the World. The bodies of these brave soldiers were laid to rest across various cemeteries through the World and one of such is the Kohima War Cemetery that was built and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Located in the heart of the Capital city of Nagaland ~ Kohima, this cemetery has about 1420 burials mostly of Commonwealth soldiers who laid their lives during World War II.

The Battle of Kohima was the turning point of the Japanese U Go offensive into India in 1944 during the Second World War. The battle was fought in three stages from 4 April to 22 June 1944 around the town of Kohima in Nagaland. From 3 to 16 April, the Japanese attempted to capture Kohima ridge, a feature which dominated the road by which the besieged British and Indian troops of IV Corps at Imphal were supplied.The British and Indian reinforcements counter-attacked to drive the Japanese from the positions they had captured. The Japanese abandoned the ridge at this point but continued to block the Kohima–Imphal road. The British and Indian troops pursued the retreating Japanese and reopened the road. The battle ended on 22 June when British and Indian troops from Kohima and Imphal met at Milestone 109, ending the Siege of Imphal.

The Kohima War Cemetery is set in peaceful surroundings with well-manicured grassland. The cemetery is sited at the exact location where the battle was fought, and provides a panoramic view of the city of Kohima. Tall concrete structures engraved with the cross mark at its two ends. Between the two structures, along the sloping ground, a series of terraces of 3–5 metres in height have been created; these contain stone markers embedded with bronze plaques carrying the name of each Commonwealth soldier who died on the Kohima battlefield.

And truly mentioned in one of the quotes of the cemetery –

“WHEN YOU GO HOME… TELL THEM OF US AND SAY FOR YOUR TOMORROW WE GAVE OUR TODAY…”

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to Witness History and Relive the Memoirs of the ‘The Battle of Kohima and the Memoirs of World War II’ ~ the Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima, the State of Nagaland, Incredible India!

Kohima War Cemetery, Hornbill Festival Nagaland, Nagaland Tourism, Assam Tourism
The Kohima War Cemetery in Nagaland

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Kohima War Cemetery, Hornbill Festival Nagaland, Nagaland Tourism, Assam Tourism
Memorial at the Kohima War Cemetery

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Kohima War Cemetery, Hornbill Festival Nagaland, Nagaland Tourism, Assam Tourism
The Memorial Stone that reads a Caption of the Brave Soldiers at the Kohima War Cemetery

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Kohima War Cemetery, Hornbill Festival Nagaland, Nagaland Tourism, Assam Tourism
Burials at the Kohima War Cemetery

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Kohima War Cemetery, Hornbill Festival Nagaland, Nagaland Tourism, Assam Tourism
CWGC information on the Battle of Kohima at the Kohima War Cemetery

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Kohima War Cemetery, Hornbill Festival Nagaland, Nagaland Tourism, Assam Tourism
Neatly aligned graves at the Kohima War Cemetery

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Kohima War Cemetery, Hornbill Festival Nagaland, Nagaland Tourism, Assam Tourism
Kohima War Cemetery

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Kohima War Cemetery, Hornbill Festival Nagaland, Nagaland Tourism, Assam Tourism
Names of the Soldiers buried at the Kohima War Cemetery

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Kohima War Cemetery, Hornbill Festival Nagaland, Nagaland Tourism, Assam Tourism
Memoirs of the 2nd Division who fell at the Battle of Kohima

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Kohima War Cemetery, Hornbill Festival Nagaland, Nagaland Tourism, Assam Tourism
Burials at the Kohima War Cemetery

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Kohima War Cemetery, Hornbill Festival Nagaland, Nagaland Tourism, Assam Tourism
The Kohima War Cemetery was built and is maintained by the CWGC

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Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima Hotels, Dzukou Valley, Hornbill Festival Nagaland
The Majestic view of the Kohima War Cemetery ~ Kohima ~ Nagaland ~ India

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Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima Hotels, Dzukou Valley, Hornbill Festival Nagaland
The Kohima World War II Cemetery ~ Kohima ~ Nagaland ~ India

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Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima Hotels, Dzukou Valley, Hornbill Festival Nagaland
The well maintained burials of the Kohima War Cemetery ~ Kohima ~ Nagaland ~ India

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Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima Hotels, Dzukou Valley, Hornbill Festival Nagaland
The neatly aligned burials at the Kohima War Cemetery ~ Kohima ~ Nagaland ~ India

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Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima Hotels, Dzukou Valley, Hornbill Festival Nagaland
The Center Holy Cross at the Kohima War Cemetery ~ Kohima ~ Nagaland ~ India

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Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima Hotels, Dzukou Valley, Hornbill Festival Nagaland
Brief introduction to the Kohima War Cemetery ~ Kohima ~ Nagaland ~ India

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Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima Hotels, Dzukou Valley, Hornbill Festival Nagaland
Names of the Soldiers buried at the Kohima War Cemetery ~ Kohima ~ Nagaland ~ India

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Treasured Wheels Museum, Piklu Deka Museum, Hornbill Rally, Assam Tourism

‘The Wheels of a bygone Era…’ ~ the Treasured Wheels Museum, Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Perhaps the greatest example of a man’s power of dreaming, believing in his dream and working continuously to realize that dream is illustrated when you step foot into the ‘Treasured Wheels Museum’ near Guwahati in Assam. Mr. Piklu Deka or Piklu Da as everyone calls him is the man behind this dream. What started as a dream to own a vintage car thirty (30) years ago has finally transformed in the shape of a museum with a collection of over 50 vintage cars, 50 motorbikes and much more.

A short half an hour drive from Guwahati will reach you to the Treasured Wheels Museum. You are greeted at the Museum Entrance by a collection of helmets used by Soldiers during World War II announcing your expeditions across a huge campus filled with the memoirs of the War. From vintage Russian Army Trucks, American Motorbikes to Chinese Paratrooper Cycles you are sure to find them here. The amazing part is that all these Motorcars are in a perfect running condition.

The various collection of Antique Motorcars present in the museum are as below:

  • Renault 749 CC 1948 model (back engine) ,
  • Sunbeam 800 CC (convertible) of 1933,
  • Morries 800 CC (convertible) of 1948,
  • Perfect Ford (hard top) of 1948,
  • Volks Wagon (back engine) of 1949,
  • Ford Jeep of 1942,
  • Ford Care of 1939
  • Buick of 1945.

Motorbikes collection include-

  • Ariel 500 CC (Red Hunter) of 1944,
  • British-made Albion (belt model) of 1901,
  • Royal Enfield 350 CC (chain drive) of 1940,
  • Norton 650 CC (chain drive model) of 1932,
  • BSA 500 CC (Golden flash) of 1938,
  • BSA 500 CC (Gold Star) of 1940,
  • BSA 40 CC (Paratroopers) of 1938,
  • Royal Enfield 150 CC of 1948,
  • Paradrop Scooter (Paratrooper model) made in USA in 1933,
  • Sunbeam 500 CC (Swift Drive) 1942,
  • Triumph 350 CC (chain drive) of 1934 and several others.

Mr. Deka’s love or the environment can also be seen at the Museum that is covered with lush Green surroundings. Mr. Deka he has planted around 22,000 saplings of litchis, guavas, bay leaves and neem across the campus of the museum which now makes it an ideal retreat for a weekend getaway from the City. Adventure junkies can enjoy trekking and boating facilities. Stay is arranged at Tree houses in the campus and sumptuous Assamese Traditional Cuisine can be savored on prior request.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to  witness the ‘The Wheels of a bygone Era…’ ~ the Treasured Wheels Museum, Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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Vintage Motorcars at the Treasured Wheel Museum

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Vintage Motorcars at the Treasured Wheel Museum

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Vintage Petrol Pump at the Treasured Wheel Museum

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Mr. Piklu Deka at the Museum

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Vintage Motorcars at the Treasured Wheel Museum

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Vintage Motorcars at the Treasured Wheel Museum

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Vintage Motorcycles at the Treasured Wheel Museum

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Vintage Mini Cooper Car at the Treasured Wheels Museum ~ Treasured Wheels Museum ~ Guwahati ~ Assam ~ India

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Vintage Car at the Treasured Wheels Museum ~ Treasured Wheels Museum ~ Guwahati ~ Assam ~ India

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Vintage Para Trooper Cycle from World War II at the Treasured Wheels Museum ~ Treasured Wheels Museum ~ Guwahati ~ Assam ~ India

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Vintage Motorcars at the Treasured Wheel Museum

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Vintage Motorcars at the Treasured Wheel Museum

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Vintage Motorcars at the Treasured Wheel Museum

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Vintage Beetle Motorcar at the Treasured Wheel Museum

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Vintage Cooper Motorcar at the Treasured Wheel Museum

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Vintage Motorcars at the Treasured Wheel Museum

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Vintage Motorcars at the Treasured Wheel Museum

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Vintage Telephone Sets at the Treasured Wheel Museum

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Vintage Type writer collection at the Treasured Wheel Museum

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At the Treasured Wheels Museum

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Vintage Motorcycle at the Treaured Wheels Museum

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Vintage Motorcycle at the Treaured Wheels Museum

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Vintage Scooter at the Museum

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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!

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Majuli Traditional Masks kept at the home of Hem Chandra Goswami

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Traditonal Masks at the premises of Hem Chandra Goswami

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Hem Chandra Goswami Mask Making specialist Majuli

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Traditional Masks kept on display at the home of Hem Chandra Goswami

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At the premises of Hem Chandra Goswami

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

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Majuli Mask Making artists

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

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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

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The Ferry Boat the crosses Brahmaputra to reach Majuli

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The Beautiful Brahmaputra River at Majuli

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Apong Brewing Majuli by Mishing Tribes

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Mishing Tribal Ladies clearing rice husk at Majuli Island

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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!

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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!

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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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The Crystal clear waters of Umngot River at Dawki
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The Trek to the Living root bridges at Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya

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The Elephant Falls at Shillong in Meghalaya

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The Majestic Nohkalikai Falls at Cherrapunji – India’s tallest plunge waterfall at 1115 feet

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The Legendary history of the Majestic Nohkalikai Falls at Cherrapunji in Meghalaya

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Amazing View of the Landscape near Shillong in Meghalaya

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The Majestic Nohkalikai Falls at CHerrapunjee in Meghalaya

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The Hills near the Nohkalika Falls at Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya

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At Meghalaya

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the Scotland of the East – Shillong at Abode the Clouds – Meghalaya

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Living Root Bridge at Asia’s Cleanest Village Mawlynnong in Meghalaya

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Asia’s Cleanest Village and one of the Best Ecotourism retreats across North East India – Mawlynnong Village, East Khasi Hiils, Meghalaya

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The Living Root Bridge at Mawlynnong in Meghalaya

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Boats at the Umngot River at Dawki in Meghalaya

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The Seven Sister or the Mawsmai Waterfalls at Cherrapunjee

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Clear Water Boating on the Umngot River at Dawki in Meghalaya

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Welcome to clean village of Mawlynnong

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The Cleanest Village of Mawlynnong

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The Border of India and Bangladesh at Dawki

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The Soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army & Memoirs of the World War II – the Guwahati War Cemetery, Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The period of 1939 to 1945 was one of the darkest moments in the history of mankind. It was during this period the world witnessed the Second World War – a state of ‘total war’ where the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. This war brought down the major super powers of the period into ashes. Japan was rocked with the mighty nuclear explosion of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and it was after the Second World War that the world realized the might of the Americans!

The World War II might have brought down the will of the Germans and Japanese to be the might of the World but it to be mentioned that all wars lead to destruction of devastating proportion. The World War II too led to the same fate and millions of people were killed around the world that included the soldiers of the Army who laid down their lives to bring peace to the World. The bodies of these brave soldiers were laid to rest across various cemeteries through the World and one of such is the Guwahati War Cemetery that was built and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Located in the heart of the largest city of Assam ~ Guwahati, this cemetery has about 500 burials mostly of British soldiers who laid their lives during World War II.

To give a brief history of the Guwahati War Cemetery, it was started during the World War II, for burials from several military hospitals in the region. Soldiers and workers who couldn’t make it after fighting the enemy and building the epic Stilwell road were laid to rest here. Later, other graves were brought in by the Army Graves service from military cemeteries in Sylhet and Amari Bari and civil cemeteries in Nagaon, Mohachara and Guwahati for permanent maintenance. Some graves were later also brought from isolated sites in present-day Mizoram, Coochbehar, Darjeeling, Shillong, Dibrugarh, Lumding, Dinjan, Dhubri etc.

Today, the Guwahati cemetery has 521 graves, which includes:

  • 316 known and 18 unknown graves of soldiers from the United Kingdom
  • 136 known and seven unknown Indian soldiers
  • 4 from Canada
  • 4 from South Africa
  • 1 from New Zealand
  • 2 graves of soldiers whose nationality is unknown
  • 24 graves of Chinese Army soldiers
  • Among the 9 world war cemeteries in India, Guwahati is the only cemetery which has graves of Japanese soldiers (11 of them). The graves were rested peacefully in the cemetery until the Japanese government decided to dig up the graves (on 19th January 2012) and fly them back to Japan so as to give them a formal burial in their native country.

The 11 soldiers of Japanese forces who died in World War II were Lance Corporal Miyata Kotsuo (died on September 13, 1944) and 10 soldiers — Komatsutomoshige (September 8, 1944), Morata Doshu ( September 10, 1944), Yamado Kesakti (September 5, 1944), Okamoto (January 8, 1945), Kito Zawo (September 2, 1944), Ikdmiraisao ( September 2, 1944), Shotasaburo (August 31, 1944), Ishiwara Hiroja (no date mentioned), Urata Yotaka (August 8, 1944) and Hachivetsuyoshi (November 25, 1944).

And truly mentioned in one of the quotes of the cemetery –

‘These graves bear silent testimony to those soldiers, unlisted workers and laborers who ventured into Virgin jungle amid blistering heat and laid down their lives in the line of duty during the Second World War. Whilst part of all forces against the Imperial Japanese Army. THEIR NAME LIVETH FOREVER MORE

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to Witness History and Relive the Memoirs of the World War II – the Guwahati War Cemetery, Guwahati, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

To plan your visit to the Guwahati War Cemetery visit: www.jungleideas.com 

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The Guwahati War Cemetery in Assam

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The Guwahati War Cemetery of World War II ~ 1939 – 1945

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An Airman’s burial at the Guwahati War Cemetery

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The Guwahati War Cemtery in Assam

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Neatly aligned burials of the Soldiers at the Guwahati War Cemtery

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Neatly placed burials of soldiers at the Guwahati War Cemetery

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The Guwahati War Cemetery

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May their brave souls Rest in Peace ~ the Guwahati War Cemetery

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Burials of British Soldiers at the Guwahati War Cemetery Assam

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Burial at the Guwahati War Cemetery

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Burials of Brave Soldiers of the World War II at the Guwahati War Cemetery

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The Guwahati War Cemetery

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The Graves of the Brave Soldiers at the Guwahati War Cemetery

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The Guwahati War Cemetery

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The Guwahati War Cemetery is built and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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Burials at the Guwahati War Cemetery

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The Neo-Vaishnavite Institutional Centers and the Prayer Halls of the Assamese Community – the ‘Satras’ and ‘Namghars’, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

The preaching initiated by the Great reformer of Assam, Srimanta Sankardeva, are practiced widely across the State in two unique institutions – the Satras and the Namghars, both of which are deeply associated with the social, cultural as well as religious life of the Assamese society. The Satra institution is one of the most distinguishing feature of Assamese Neo-Vaisnavism Cult. The Satra, literally meaning ‘holy areas’, is a network of decentralized monasteries each headed by a Guru (teacher) designated as the Satradhikar.  The Namghars which are found across the State of Assam are an ‘extended wing’ or a ‘miniature replica’ of the Satra institution.

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The Barpeta Satra at Barpeta near Guwahati in Assam

The Satras and the Namghars both, are basically a place of religious worship. It is at these places of worship in Assam where people gather to sing praised of the Lord and seek spiritual solace. The most important area inside the premises of these institutions is the Kirtanghar. The Kirtanghar is the nerve center of the entire place generally located in the center of the premises of the Satra that is surrounded with houses for the devotees within the compound its four sides. It is a long and open hall, where the devotees sit together to sing the glory of God. There is no idol in the altar, but only a book, generally the ‘Bhagavata Gita’, symbolizing God. In addition to prayers and cultural functions, religious discourses are also held in the Kirtanghar.

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Inside the Namghar of the Barpeta Satra where the Kirtanghar is located

The first stage of evolution of the Satras in Assam began with Srimanta Sankardeva. However, it was during the time of the equally able disciples of Sankardeva i.e. Madhavdeva and Damordeva that the Satra institution attained the glorious phase of its growth. The architectural structure of the Satra also received the final shape during this period. It thus came to possess the prayer hall (Namghar) and the Manikut with the wooden throne (Singhasana) attached to the former and containing a sacred scripture. By the middle of the 17th century, the Satra institution, firmly established itself and the royal authority had to accord recognition to Srimanta Sankardeva’s faith. Subsequently, the Ahom kings and nobles accepted Neo-Vaisnavism. The Satras played a great role in the social life of the people. One component of the Satra institution, the Kirtanghar, became an integral part of every Assamese village in Assam over time. It became popular by another name too, the Namghar. Over time it came to be an integral part of every Hindu village of Assam. As a result every Assamese village came under the religious influence of one Satra or the other and its influence even penetrated gradually into the neighbouring tribal areas. The Satras gave Assam a rich religious literature, besides reviving and popularizing the art of classical music and dance.

The establishment of the village Namghar came about with the idea of popularizing the Neo-Vaisnavite faith to the masses. The Namghar came to serve as a forum of not only religious but also socio-cultural activities of the community. The village Namghar has for the last four hundred years has been serving as the village public hall: it is at once a village prayer hall, a cultural center and a ‘village court’, thereby providing a common forum for the villagers to assemble in an atmosphere of goodwill and cooperation. The Namghar becomes the venue for congregational chanting of prayers, singing of Borgeets or classical devotional songs composed by Srimanta Sankardeva and his disciple Madhavdeva and enactment of Bhoanas – a cultural art event on various occasions. No discrimination is made in terms of class or caste in distributing roles in the Bhaonas held at the Namghar.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the Grandeur of the Neo-Vaishnavite Institutional Centers and the Prayer Halls of the Assamese Community – the ‘Satras’ and ‘Namghars’, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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

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Home to Oldest Burning Oil Lamp in the World – the Dhekiakhuwa Bornamghar at Jorhat

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

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The Entrance to the Auniati Satra at Guwahati in Assam

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Inside the Auniati Satra Namghar at Guwahati in Assam

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The Namghar of the Auniati Satra

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The Margherita Namghar at Margherita

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The ‘Monikut’ within the premises of the Bordowa Satra in Assam

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

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Satras of Assam, Satras of Ahom Dynasty, Neo Vaishnavism of Assam, Majuli Island Satras
Age Speaks ~ a 90 year old Neo Vaisnavite Monk standing with the 600 year old tree at the Bordowa Satra in Assam

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Satras of Majuli, Ahom Dynasty Satras, Majuli River Island, Assam Satras
The Auniati Satra at Majuli River Island

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Satras of Majuli, Ahom Dynasty Satras, Majuli River Island, Assam Satras
The Uttar Kamalabari Satra at Majuli Island

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Satras of Majuli, Ahom Dynasty Satras, Majuli River Island, Assam Satras
The Garmur Satra at Majuli Island

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Satras of Majuli, Ahom Dynasty Satras, Majuli River Island, Assam Satras
The Prayer Hall at the Garmur Satra in majuli

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Satras of Majuli, Ahom Dynasty Satras, Majuli River Island, Assam Satras
The Uttar Kamalabari Satra at Majuli River Island

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Satras of Majuli, Ahom Dynasty Satras, Majuli River Island, Assam Satras
The Museum at the Garmur Satra in Majuli River Island

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Majuli Island Assam, Satras of Majuli, Auniati Satra Majuli, Mishing Tribe Majuli

The ‘Shankardeva’ Movement and the Neo-Vaishnavite Cult – Majuli River Island, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Srimanta Shankardeva, who had spearheaded the Neo-Vaishnava Bhakti movement in Assam and its neighborhood, was the harbinger of an extra-ordinary resurgence in the life of this region. The movement had simple ramifications – spiritual, social, cultural, literacy and artistic. Saint and visionary, poet and dramatist, musician and painter – Srimanta Sankardeva was a many-splendorous personality. Ably and enthusiastically assisted by his equally gifted spiritual heir Madhavdeva, Sankardeva galvanized the diverse ethnic elements of the society into a unified and inspired mass with the lofty ideal of service to God through service to humanity. The Sankardeva movement broke down the irrational barriers of caste, creed and ritualism, and brought the newly emergent society into close touch with the finest spiritual and cultural values that have been the hallmarks of the Indian Civilization.

Srimanta Shankardeva Majuli, Majuli Satras Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Raas Leela Festival Majuli, River Island in Assam, Sri Madhavdeva Assam
The Great Saint Srimanta Shankardeva of Assam

It was largely due to the deep and pervasive influence of the teachings of Srimanta Sankardeva that the Assamese society had come to acquire certain outstanding traits that still mark it out from those of most parts of India.

Assamese Neo-Vaishnava traditional lore is replete with legends, tales and anecdotes. Assam, in the fifteenth century presented a motley picture of diverse shades and grades of culture. The majority of the people belonged to non-Aryan tribes having distinct manners, customs and religious beliefs. Those who professed Hinduism loosely adhered to Vaishnavism or Saivism; Saktism bordering on extreme Tantricism, was also widely prevalent. The followers of these cults were all found indulging in evil practices like animal and sometimes even human sacrifices, magical rites, spells and the like. It was based on the philosophy of palate and sensual pleasures. The economically backward classes and the socially downtrodden became the victims of such ghastly practices. At the other end of the religious spectrum were the bulk of the indigenous tribal population who followed their indigenous tribal faiths. Bringing all these diverse communities and warring factions under a systematized religious code and conduct of life and to provide the masses with a mode of worship, which would be simple and at the same time accessible to all was what constituted the pressing need of the time. Against this backdrop, Srimanta Sankardeva appeared on the scene. Srimanta Sankardeva undertook the difficult and arduous task of a reformer at a juncture of acute crisis in Assamese society and polity. The Neo-Vaishnavite movement initiated by Srimanta Sankardeva in Assam in the latter period of the 15th century ushered in an era of socio-cultural renaissance in Assam, humanist in content and popular in form, in literature as well as in the vocal and visual arts. The movement was at once unique in nature and revolutionary in terms of its impact. The uniqueness of the movement lay in the fact that unlike other contemporary cults in the rest of India, Srimanta Sankardeva’s Neo-Vaisnavism rested not on a discursive reasoning and abstract thinking but its emphasis was more on ethnic integration, societal reforms and spiritual uplift through an innovative mode of religious conduct based on indigenous elements of the region, at a time when the society in Assam was in a turmoil fragmented and faction-ridden as it was. It was revolutionary in the sense that Neo-Vaisnavism in Assam meant not only a religious faith but a way of life. It encompassed their social, cultural and religious spheres even as it brought about a change in very outlook on life and the world. Neo-Vaisnavism stands out among the different Bhakti cults of India in terms of its unique and innovative character, which found expression in the move to create an egalitarian civil society based on the shared values of fraternity, equity, humanism and democracy.

Through the passage of time for some unknown reasons the preaching of Srimanta Sankardeva and the cult of Neo-Vaishnavism was gradually being lost in the sands of time. People were losing interest in the whole concept of this cult of glorious history that even the well renowned Neo-Vaishnavite Monasteries of the Majuli (the World’s largest inhabited river island and the home ground of the Assam’s Vaishnavite history) was losing its patrons on a regular period. This all has been revived since  a past few decades and Srimanta Sankardeva now is being projected with ever-increasing fervor as the icon par excellence by individuals and organisations. At the intellectual, academic and artistic levels, the achievements of Sankardeva are being studied and highlighted with greater zeal and fervor. A whole lot of activities centering around Sankardeva and other Neo-Vaishnavite Gurus are taking place around the year the Srimanata Kalakshetra in Guwahati and the River Island of Majuli. Many of these activities and sometimes the organizations associated with them, wear the ‘National’ tag and some even boast of an ‘International Status’.

Jungleideas welcomes you to India’s North East to witness the history of the Shankardeva Movement and the Neo-Vaishnavite Cult – Majuli River Island, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

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Srimanta Shankardeva Majuli, Majuli Satras Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Raas Leela Festival Majuli, River Island in Assam, Sri Madhavdeva Assam
The World’s Largest Inhabited River Island and the home to the Cult of Neo-Vaisnavism in Assam ~ Majuli. Image Wikipedia

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Srimanta Shankardeva Majuli, Majuli Satras Assam, Majuli Island Assam, Raas Leela Festival Majuli, River Island in Assam, Sri Madhavdeva Assam
The Srimanta Kalakhetra at Guwahati in Assam

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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

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Satras of Majuli, Ahom Dynasty Satras, Majuli River Island, Assam Satras
The Uttar Kamalabari Satra at Majuli River Island

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Satras of Majuli, Ahom Dynasty Satras, Majuli River Island, Assam Satras
The Garmur Satra at 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
The Auniati Satra at Majuli River Island

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