Nowadays we can’t imagine our lives without money. But perhaps, it is not true for all places. For example, Morigaon district of Assam in North-East India. There is a group of villagers, who don’t use the money. These villagers engage in barter trade. This takes place in January every year during Jonbeel Mela festival.
Joonbeel Mela is a three-day community fair held in a huge bazaar at Joonbeel in Dayang Belguri area. Local tribes such as Karbi, Khasi, Tiwa, and Jayantia converge from across the hills. More than 1000 tribes are estimated to participate in Jonbeel Mela. In addition, families from the hills bring herbs, spices and exotic fruits found only in those places. And exchange their goods with local people. This old barter system is an interesting phenomenon to experience.
The event starts with Agni Puja where locals worship the ‘God of Fire’. After Puja, locals get together to fish in the wetland. Meanwhile, visitors and mela participants engage in a freewheeling exchange of various goods. Tribes exchange their goods for rice, fish and pitha sweets. This event is a great example of communal harmony where people eat together and celebrate as one happy family. Come join us to experience this old tradition firsthand!
Guwahati region, Assam, India
Jonbeel Mela festivity takes place near Guwahati. Jonbeel is the biggest city in the state of Assam. This region is famous for its natural and cultural wonders as well as for its exceptionally delicious traditional food. Furthermore, 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 ‘Eri’ (Ahimsa) silks are indigenous to Assam. Interestingly, these silkworms survive only in Assamese conditions.
Tour operator: Jungle Ideas, India
Tour package includes the following:
- Accommodation for the entire stay
- Breakfast and dinner during entire stay
- Bonfire expenses
- Entrance to all National Parks/Wildlife Sanctuaries
- Guide charges at the National Parks/Wildlife Sanctuaries
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