Less known facts about Majuli, the largest river island in the world which is slowly disappearing

Majuli, the largest river island in the world, is situated in the northeastern state of Assam. Majuli means land in the midst of two rivers. It is formed by the Brahmaputra River in the south and the Kherkutia Xuti joined by the Subansiri River in the north.

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Majuli has shrunk tremendously over the years due to climate change. An increase in temperature in the Himalayas melts the ice leading to flash floods along the Brahmaputra river. The island is sustaining on tourism. People from the nearby states visit the island to relax and spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here are a few facts about the largest river island that are not known to many.(Instagram/@majuli_island)

Majuli has shrunk tremendously over the years due to climate change. An increase in temperature in the Himalayas melts the ice leading to flash floods along the Brahmaputra river. The island is sustaining on tourism. People from the nearby states visit the island to relax and spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here are a few facts about the largest river island that are not known to many.(Instagram/@majuli_island)

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Majuli is disappearing: Majuli, which once held a Guinness World Record for being the world’s biggest river island, is slowly disappearing. It is being washed away by the waters of the Brahmaputra river. (Instagram/@majuli_island)

Majuli is disappearing: Majuli, which once held a Guinness World Record for being the world’s biggest river island, is slowly disappearing. It is being washed away by the waters of the Brahmaputra river. (Instagram/@majuli_island)

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Mixed tribal ethnicity: People from different tribal groups like Mising, Deoris, Ahoms and Sonowal Kacharis reside on the island.(Instagram/@majuli_island)

Mixed tribal ethnicity: People from different tribal groups like Mising, Deoris, Ahoms and Sonowal Kacharis reside on the island.(Instagram/@majuli_island)

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Ali Aye Ligang festival: This spring festival is celebrated by the Mishing tribe during mid-February. (Instagram/@gulsonmili_official)

Ali Aye Ligang festival: This spring festival is celebrated by the Mishing tribe during mid-February. (Instagram/@gulsonmili_official)

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Island is formed from floods: As mentioned in historical texts and folklore, the island was formed after frequent earthquakes between 1661–1696 that set the stage for a catastrophic flood in 1750.(Instagram/@nature_things98)

Island is formed from floods: As mentioned in historical texts and folklore, the island was formed after frequent earthquakes between 1661–1696 that set the stage for a catastrophic flood in 1750.(Instagram/@nature_things98)

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Only mode of transportation to reach the island is ferry: In order to reach the picturesque island, you have to take a ferry from Jorhat since there are no roads connecting the place.(Instagram/@majuli_island)

Only mode of transportation to reach the island is ferry: In order to reach the picturesque island, you have to take a ferry from Jorhat since there are no roads connecting the place.(Instagram/@majuli_island)

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Migration of Beautiful Birds: During the winters, unique birds fly to the island. Tourists mostly visit the place during the winters to catch a sight of the beautiful migratory birds.(Instagram/@dhrubazaan)

Migration of Beautiful Birds: During the winters, unique birds fly to the island. Tourists mostly visit the place during the winters to catch a sight of the beautiful migratory birds.(Instagram/@dhrubazaan)

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