The river traverses the transboundary geography draining diverse environments; the cold dry plateau of Tibet, the rain drenched Himalayan slopes, the landlocked alluvial plains of Assam and the vast deltaic lowlands of Bangladesh.
Author: Neena Morada (Neena Morada)
The river folk indulge in all types of crafts which fall in the category of cottage industry and work from home.
The Indian Tea Districts Association was established in London in 1879 and in Kolkata in 1881 (as the Indian Tea Association) to organize and advance these tea interests. By 1888 tea imported from India finally exceeded that from China. Today India is second to China in production of tea.
In 1667, the Ahom army under the leadership of Lachit Barphukan reclaimed Guwahati from Mughals. On receiving this news, Mughal emperor Aurangzeb despatched a strong army under the leadership of Raja Ram Singh of Amber to re-establish Mughal prestige in North East. Ram Singh with his mighty army reached the frontiers in 1669. A long and fierce naval battle with guerilla tactics ensued. The topography of natural hills, dense forests and rivers provided Ahom forces with natural defense potentials. After receiving a few setbacks, Ahoms emerged victorious. This battle is known as ‘Battle of Saraighat’.
Majuli is not a single island within a single parameter, but it is the combination of cluster of islets formed and developed in the mid-river stream of the mighty Brahmaputra and its tributaries — the Luit & Kherkatia to the north & north- east and north-west extremity.
‘Mi’—Man and ‘Asi’—Water gives rise to the name Mising or Mishing. Originally an eastern Himalayan tribe of Tibeto-Burman origin, ‘Tani’ people who descended along the river Brahmaputra to the welcoming weather conditions of the north-east. Miri or Mishing are now a major ethnic group, the second largest tribe in Assam.
This little village is a site for enterprise. Every person works honestly at his/her own pace and have a glow on their face.
A part of Brahmaputra’s marshlands; Kaziranga Forest is a perfect home to the big 5 and 30 other mammals are part of this grassland. It is a bird enthusiast’s dream Park with more than 435 species of birds. The population of tigers in Kaziranga stands at more than 126; one of the highest among other National Parks in India.
All cruise lovers arrive in Guwahati Airport with ease. Cruising on the banks of Guwahati introduces us to the Kamakhya Temple and the smallest riverine island of Bhasmachal popularly known as the Peacock Island.
The river unites the three fascinating cultures of the Tibetan Civilization in the North, the sleepy villages of India in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam Valley and the bustling villages in the Delta of Bangladesh. There’s more to this river in India’s northeast than just its annual floods. The river is revered equally by the religious canvas of indigenous populace of Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists, Muslims and Bons.
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