Have you heard about the smallest river island in the world? Yes, you heard that right! It’s the Umananda Island, where man and wildlife coexist in perfect harmony. You can find this little slice of paradise in the mighty Brahmaputra River, right in the middle of Guwahati city.
This island is full of legends and stories, so much so that you might start feeling like you’re in a fairy tale. It’s said that Lord Kamdev got burnt to ashes here by Lord Shiva’s third eye when he tried to disrupt his meditation.
The island is also home to the adorable and endangered Golden Langurs, who are considered sacred by the Himalayan people. And let’s not forget the Umananda Devi Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, where devotees flock during religious festivals. It’s a beautiful temple with intricate designs that showcase the region’s artistry.
But wait, there’s more! The island’s biodiversity is rich and fragile, so please don’t litter. Plus, the boat ride to and from Umananda Island is a special experience where you can capture some stunning birdlife on your cameras.
Now, let’s talk about the best time to visit. The winter months from October to May are perfect, but beware of the monsoons as access to the island can be denied due to rising water levels and flash floods. And if you’re worried about accommodations, fret not! Guwahati has options for all budget sizes, from fancy hotels to cozy homestays.
And before you head out to the island, make sure to try out some delightful Assamese and Bengali cuisines. And while you’re at it, why not take a ride on the Ropeway or Cruise Services provided by the Assam Government? It’s worth the experience, and you can even book it online!
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head on over to Umananda Island for a dose of nature, legends, and some Lord Shiva vibes!