Upper Assam: A Cultural Revelation
- The river island of Majuli
- Tribal villages of Tipamphake and Namphake
- Tea plantations and a Singpho settlement near Margherita
- Driving along the treacherous Stilwell Road to the Pangsau Pass
- Nature Walks in Dehing-Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary
- Interact with three different tribes, taste their local food & understand their culture
- Cycling through the beautiful heart of Majuli
- Ferry ride in the ferocious Brahmaputra River
- Understand the lives of three different tribes- the Tai Phake, the Mishing & the Singpho
- Meet Padmashree Awardee, Jadav Payeng, the man who single-handedly made a forest reserve
- Know about Vaishnavism in Majuli's satras
If you are looking to step into the little-known cultures of the worlds, let this be a primer. We met three different tribes and interacted with them, sharing stories and learning about their cultural heritage and histories (not to forget the local meals, of course!). Assam was greener than green and the ferry ride across the Brahmaputra was exhilarating. Meeting Jadav Payeng was inspiring.
About Upper Assam
Upper Assam is uncharted territory for most. Drained by the Brahmaputra, these verdant flat-lands hemmed by hills is home to numerous tribes, each with their distinctive cultural heritage, histories and traditions. This journey unravels the lives of the Tai Phake, Singpho and Mishing tribes besides taking you on a thrilling drive up the Stilwell Road. Built during World War II, the 1700 km road links India and Myanmar across the Pangsau Pass. Swathes of rainforests home to numerous species of birds and the famed one-horned rhinocerous share space with ruins of the Ahom Kingdom at Sibsagar, and the oil refineries at Digboi. Then there is Majuli- an emerald jewel on the Brahmaputra. It is the world's largest river island and a centre for the Neo-Vaishnavite culture. Everything about the region is impeccably beautiful and unspoilt. Upper Assam offers the discerning traveler an unrivaled cultural immersion.