‘Majuli on Cycle’ presents
soul of Majuli to visitors
A cultural immersion initiative by the Root Bridge in association with Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) and ESAF, the Small Finance Bank, ‘Majuli on Cycle’ presented the soul of the world’s largest river Island, Majuli to a group of visitors including domestic as well as foreign tourists during this Rongali Bihu. Majuli on Cycle is the first curated carbon free story telling tour ever conducted in the river Island.
The tourists were then taken to an agricultural farm in the Island where they witnessed the agricultural practices followed by the locals. The tourists were welcomed in the village with a Mising Bihu dance and Dhol performance performed by the village to give them a slice of Mising culture. All the programs were specially curated for the visitors to get the life and culture of missing community.
“Cycle is the best way to explore this beautiful river island. Root Bridge’s initiative will help the tourists to experience the Majuli in a better way. I wish more people explore the island using carbon free vehicles,” said Majuli Superintendent of Police Vaibhav Nimbalkar, IPS, while flagging off the Majuli on Cycle from Garamur.
The first day of the Bihu, being the ‘Goru Bihu’ (Cattle bihu), the tour started with participants taking part with locals in giving a traditional bath to the cattle in one of the Mising villages in the Island and taking part in the fishing activity with the locals in the village.
”Majuli Is going to be the country’s first ever carbon Neutral District. Root Bridge’s carbon free travel is a great example for meaningful travel and is supporting our project ”
Pallav Gopal Jha, IAS ,Deputy Commissioner , Majuli District
The guests were also taken to the Chamaguri Satra to show the art of mask making and to the Salmora village to show the pottery art practiced by the locals. In the evening all the tourists were taken to the river bank to witness the magnificent sunset view over the mighty Brahmaputra river. As the tourists enjoyed the breathtaking sunset view, a musical Jugal bandi of Pepa, Gagana and Bihu song and dance was also performed by artistes from Kamargaon in Majuli, that added to the experience of the tourists.
Shri Pallav Gopal Jha, IAS conferred the Root Bridge Award 2017 to eminent dhol exponent Shri Bogai Bora Ojah, popularly known as Bogai Ojah. Root Bridge constituted the annual award to honor the unsung heroes of North east India who, who has contributed towards the art and culture of the region thereby promoting travel and tourism industry. The Award includes a trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000.
“Root Bridge’s cultural immersion program Majuli on Cycle is a great initiative. District Administration is happy to extend all the help to such novel ideas. Majuli Is going to be the country’s first ever carbon Neutral District. Root Bridge’s carbon free travel is a great example for meaningful travel and is supporting our project,” said Majuli Deputy Commissioner Shri Pallav Gopal Jha, IAS while conferring the award to Shri Ojah. District Superintendent of Police, Vaibhav Nimbalkar, IPS also attended the award ceremony and felicitated Shri Bogai Ojah.
“Root Bridge wants to create a bench mark for thoughtful travel in Majuli. Majuli has a character and a soul. This should be preserved. We are against mass tourism. Root Bridge will introduce a curated storytelling cycle tour in Majuli daily basis and this will help both the travelers and host community. We are so happy and overwhelmed by the government’s positive gesture for our humble project,” said Root Bridge Team.
Participants who attended the event also expressed their happiness. “This is novel idea.The cycle ride was exotic. We enjoyed every minute. It’s a great initiative and we were able to know the life of Majuli, culture, art and everything in a single day,” said Dominik, a visitor from Germany who participated in Majuli on Cycle.
The Root Bridge Award ceremony which was held at the La Maison De’ Ananda in the evening was attended by several guests including domestic as well as foreign tourists and local inhabitants of Majuli.