To the point: The world’s largest river island, Majuli in Assam might succumb to the vagaries of nature and ultimately cease to exist.
India is a land of wonders and be it the amazing landscapes, the majestic mountains, the roaring waterfalls, the meandering rivers, or the mysterious forests, you will be awestruck to witness the grandeur of nature. Did you know that the world’s largest river island is situated in Assam? Majuli (also known as Majoli) stands for “the land between two parallel rivers” and is a beautiful island on the mighty Brahmaputra river and it also happens to be the first island in the country that is considered as a district on its own.
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Owing to its unique topography and its unparalleled, scenic beauty, Majuli is a tourist hotspot and it welcomes thousands of visitors every year, who are eager to experience an extraordinary landform. You are bound to fall in love with the lush vegetation, the sheer variety of flora and fauna, the lively tribal folk, the dynamic Assamese neo-Vaishnavite culture, the engaging tribal music, and the intricate art of pottery. The tourists can also indulge in bird-watching as the island is home to a myriad of exotic birds!
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On a sad note, the Majuli river island is gradually decreasing in size due to the constant erosion brought about by the fierce Brahmaputra river. If we focus on the early records, the island used to have an impressive area of around 880 square kilometres, during the beginning of the 20th century. In 2014, it was discovered that the island has shrunk to just 352 square kilometres and unfortunately, its area is still continuing to diminish with each passing day.
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Truth be told, the island has lost an approximate of one-third of its total size during the short span of the last 30-40 years. At this alarming rate, the island is definitely at danger of forfeiting its existence. Since the island is prone to frequent bouts of flooding, some experts believe that the island might get fully submerged by the end of 2030! Well, we can’t fight with the whims of Mother Nature but we can surely make it a point to visit this unusually beautiful landform before it gets forever lost in the pages of history.