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‘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.

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Kahor Horai, Kahor Plate, Kahor Glass, Kahor Bati, Kahor Tray

Reviving an Age Old Craft ~ the ‘Bell Metal’ Craft of Sarthebari, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Brass and Bell Metal products of Sarthebari in Assam are famous for their beauty and strength of form and utility. The principal items of brass are the Kalah (water pot), Sarai (a platter or tray mounted on a base), Kahi (dish), Bati (bowl), Lota (water pot with a long neck) and Tal (cymbals).

The utensils manufactured using Bell Metal have certain medicinal properties and it is believed that consuming food in these utensils keep intestinal problems at bay. Also drinking water consumed in Bell Metal glasses aids in cleaning your body due to certain mineral present in these glasses. These were prime reasons for these utensils being used to serve food to the Royal family of Ahom kings of the Great Ahom dynasty of Assam.

Sarthebari iand Hajo are home to the bell metal industry, the second largest handicraft of Assam after Bamboo Handicrafts. Bell metal is an alloy of copper and tin and utensils made from it are used for domestic and religious purposes. Bell metal as a craft has survived for ages, yet there seems to be very little transition in the method of preparing bell metal items so far as Sarthebari is concerned. The craftsmen who are also referred to as the ‘Kahar’ or ‘Orja’ still resort to the age old tools required for burning and shaping the metal. About 40 percent of the people in this village are engaged in this cottage industry and the hammering of the metal at the furnace can be heard throughout the village.

Besides Hajo and Sarthebari, production centers of these Bell Metal Crafts are also located in the Titabari and Raha regions. Assamese metal handicrafts are not only available to the local people, but can also be purchased as souvenirs by tourists. In a bid to compete with changing times and demands, modern day artisans have used their innovative skills to introduce new designs and patterns to the traditional metal craft of Assam, including the ones that can be used as decoration pieces.

With our Mission of promoting India’s North East to the World thorough its Tourism, Culture, Tribes, Wildlife & Handicrafts, Jungleideas  brings forth to you to the option of owning these prized Bell Metal crafts of Assam at your doorstep. We work closely with the manufacturers of Bell Crafts at Sarthebari and Hajo and ensure to bring to you 100% genuine and original products that will bring a bewildering grandeur to your dining needs. We urge you to take a look at our offerings in Bell Metal products and place your order at the earliest to reap the benefits and save this dying art from India’s Paradise Unexplored ~ the Incredible North East of India!

 

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North East Indian Cuisine, Assam Traditional Food, Tribal Cuisine India, North East India Food Delights

Make your meals exciting and HOT! with flavors from the Second Hottest Pepper in the World ~ ‘Bhut Jolokia’ Pickle and others..

Imagine a chili so hot that you would need hand gloves to handle it! Well, this chili is the second hottest pepper in the world and is termed as the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ (Bhut meaning Ghost & Jolokia meaning Chili). Other names of this pepper are ‘Bih Jolokia’ (the poison chilli) and ‘Naga Jolokia’ (named after the ferocious Naga warrior tribe).

India’s North East has been home to the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ from times immemorial. But stories of this pepper have spread across the west and westerners too are aware of the hotness of the ‘Bhut Jolokia’. The pepper was inducted in the Guinness Book of World Records as the spiciest chili in the world in 2006 and it was only ’til 2013 that the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ lost this coveted title. 

Although there are many commercial uses of the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ but in North East this chilly is mostly used for pickle preparation, flavoring curries and for home remedies for ailments like gastritis, arthritis and chronic indigestion problems. Restaurants across North East take pride in offering this chilly on their menu cards. The famous fast food joint Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has included ‘Bhut Jolokia‘ as an ingredient for the new and unique Flaming Crunch Chicken, a signature crisp and juicy chicken dish of the company.

Jungleideas would like everyone across the World reap the benefits of this Chili and hence we introduce to you an option of having it right across your table to add a savory delight to your afternoon and evening meals. We have collaborated with households across the State of Assam and introduce to you the ‘Bhut Jolokia’ Pickle ~ the Spice of North East India!

Each of our pickle flavors have been carefully picked and processed with other natural ingredients of the State to make your meals tastier and Healthier! Ingredients in our pickle like Bamboo shoot are known to contain vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate and pantothenic acid. Minerals found in bamboo shoots include calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium and iron. Other natural pickles available with us are Brinjal, Garlic, Gourd, Bitter Gourd, Green Chili and Mustard, Tamarind and many more.

Our Pickles being Home made do not use any artificial preservatives and hence can be consumed across all age groups (Bhut Jolokia might not be recommended because of its hotness level). Available across 80 gm pouches at a pretty reasonable price we would request you to try these flavors immediately and start reaping the benefits of Mother Nature from India’s  Paradise Unexplored ~ the Incredible North East of India!

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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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the entry Gate to ‘Agnigarh’ ~ the Fortress of Fire at Tezpur in Assam

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the Staircase that leads to the Agnigarh Fort at Tezpur in Assam

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The Statue of Lord Shiva kept at Agnigarh in Assam

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The statues depicting the Battle between Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna at Agnigarh in Assam

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The Usha Chitralekha Statue at the Agnigarh Fort at Tezpur in Assam

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The Stone Pillar at the Agnigarh at Tezpur in Assam

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The majestic view of the mighty Brahmaputra River from the Agnigarh Fort at Tezpur in Assam

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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!

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The Auniati Satra at Majuli River Island

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

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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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The Auniati Satra at Majuli

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The main Branch of the Auniati Satra at Guwahati

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

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Hem Chandra Goswami Mask Making specialist Majuli

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

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 Hutis where the monks of the Auniati Satra Reside

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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