LEISURE


Majuli
Situated at a distance of about 20 kms from Jorhat, Majuli is the world's largest river island on the River Brahmaputra. Having more than 650 sq km, it is famous for t he Vaishnava Satras founded by Sankardeva.There are over 665 Satras in Assam, of which 65 are situated in Majuli. The important satras in this island are the Auniti Satra, Garamur Satra, Kamalabari Satra, and Dakhinpat Satra. The annual paal naam festival celebrated here is worth experiencing.


Majuli has been the cultural capital and the cradle of Assamese civilization for the past five hundred years. The satras set up preserve antiques like weapons, utensils, jewellery and other items of cultural significance. Pottery is made in Majuli from beaten clay and burnt in driftwood fired kilns in the same mode carried out by the peoples of the ancient Harrappan Civilization. The handloom work of these tribes is also internationally famous.

It is also famous for the migratory birds that can be spotted here during winter. Combined with this the sunset view from the island is a refreshing experience.


Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh, situated in the north-east corner of India, is one of the least populated and most beautiful states. It is very popular due to its verdant green forests, steep river valleys, and scenic plateaus, combined with subtropical river valleys and Himalayan pastures. The state is home to 26 main tribal strains. Each has a distinct identity, of language, culture, and beliefs. Arunachal is rich in flora, wildlife, and a variety of tribal cultures.

Bhalukpung

Bhalukpong is the entry point to the western side Arunachal Pradesh. It is situated on the bank of the river Jia Bharali and is a place boasting of all the elements of nature. It i s famous as picnic spot and adventure tourism like rafting, trekking and hiking.The lofty mountains housed in Bhalukpong is a trekker's delight. The long and amazing trails along the mountains seem to be the best destination for the trekkers in Arunachal Pradesh.


Tawang

Tawang, the headquarters of the Tawang district, is located on the western tip of the state of Arunachal Pradesh on a mountain side at 12000 ft above sea level. It is the land of the Monpa tribes and a major centre of the Mahayana Buddhists. Tawang is famous for its 400 year old Buddhist monastery which overlooks the wid e Tawang Valley. It is also known as "Galden Namgyal Lhatse" was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyamtso in the year 1860-61 AD. The monastery also has a Centre for Buddhist Cultural Studies, the place, where young monks are taught Arithmetic, English, and Hindi besides traditional monastic education. The most imposing part of the monastery is the Dukung, or the assembly hall, a three-storied building housing the temple and the Golden Buddha statue of 8.3 m high. The building also has a library, a treasure trove of valuable sculptures, old books and manuscripts. Tawang also has the 350-year old Tawang Gompa among dense forest which is the only Lady Lamasery (Buddhist Monastery for nuns) in Asia.




Tawang is also known as the land of Monpas, who are the descendents of Mongolian race. Most of the people, which include the Monpa, Takpa and the Tibetans, are by religion The Tibetan is also found in small scattered numbers throughout Tawang, but their main concentration is in the village of Shyo, which houses about 90 Tibetan families.

Just above Tawang, beyond the monastery, is an exceptionally beautiful area with about 30 high altitudelakes. After a fork and an army outpost, the road continues towards Klemta,just a few kilometres from the Indian border. There are beautiful lakes around Tawang. One is Pankang Teng Tso (P.T. Tso) lake situated only 17 km away from maddening crowd of township. Other eye catching lakes are Sangetser Lake and Banggachang Lake.