Ambubachi Mela, Guwahati, India

Have you ever heard of Hindu Tantra goddess of desire, Kamakhya?

Every year in June, thousands of Hindu pilgrims and Tantra worshipers converge in the city of Guwahati to celebrate Ambubachi Mela. The pilgrims celebrate the festival at Kamakhya temple, one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimage sites in the world.

Ambubachi Mela is a festival of Hindu Tantra goddess of desire, Kamakhya, the bleeding goddess. In June, Hindus believe that Kamakhya goes through her annual menstruation cycle, which turns the river Brahmaputra into red color. Some people say that the priests pour vermilion into its waters, which makes the river appear red. During the 3-day celebration, temple doors stay closed and holy water is distributed among devotees. The temple surroundings become a festive venue, filled with pomp and shows. After 3 days, the temple doors re-open and people thus believe that Mother Earth has become clean again.

Ambubachi Mela is especially appealing for people interested in the occult or the tantric sciences. However, anyone curious to experience Hindu culture and traditions would also find this event very interesting.

Guwahati, North-East India 

Besides Ambubachi Mela, Guwahati is famous for its natural and cultural wonders. Nature lovers enjoy spotting exotic birds, trekking through forests, exploring rivers and waterfalls. Culture lovers visit holy temples, the land of black magic and silk! ‘Muga’ (Golden) and the ‘Eri’ (Ahimsa) silks are indigenous to Assam. Finally, the North-East Indian region is also famous for its delicious traditional Bodo food.

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Day 1:

We greet you at Guwahati Airport and accompany you to the Lokhra homestay. In the afternoon, we visit the famous Basistha temple. Later in the evening, we go to spot birds at the nearby Dipor Bil Wildlife Sanctuary. Before it gets dark, we visit the holy Balaji Temple. At night, back at the homestay, you will enjoy the bonfire and traditional Bodo dinner.
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Day 2:

We wake up early and leave to Mayong, which is the famous land of black magic in India. Don’t be scared, it is no longer practiced! However, the Mayong museum gives you an opportunity to see the relics of it. On the way back, we stop by Burha Mayong to visit the longest Stone inscription in Asia (3.85 meters).
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Day 3:

We wake up early to go to Chandubi Eco Camp where we will have breakfast. Then we do boat riding, bird watching, trekking and visit Joramukhuria forest village and waterfalls. After lunch at Chandubi Eco Camp, we visit the North East Crafts museum and showroom of Handicrafts and Handlooms.
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Day 4:

Festival day! We get up early and travel to the Umananda Temple, located in world’s smallest inhabited river island. Late afternoon, we go to Kamakhya temple to join the festivities of Ambubachi Mela.
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Day 5:

We go to Suwalkuchi, also known as ‘The Manchester of the East’. In this Silk town of Assam, we visit the Silk Museum and see a variety of traditional silks. Later, we travel to Hojo, the holy land of Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. In the evening, we say goodbye to the mighty Brahmaputra River and have a lovely dinner aboard a river cruise.
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Day 6:

After breakfast, you will depart to Guwahati Airport for your onward destination or continue exploring India?.

 Tour operator: Jungle Ideas, India

The package contains the following:

  • Airport Transfers and Transportation during the entire journey
  • Breakfast and Dinner during the entire stay
  • Accommodation for 5 nights at Lohkra homestay
  • Bonfire expenses, Entrance to all National Parks/Wildlife Sanctuaries

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