Dawki: Friendly International Border & A Hidden Paradise


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While recently travelling through scenic Meghalaya., We had our own cab, reaching that place and the driver Mr. Sailendra Rai originally from Bihar took us to the place. Dawki is located in the Jaintia Hills district, Meghalaya. The Dawki-Tamabil border crossing between India and Bangladesh is now used to ferry across both passenger and cargo. In fact, the new Guwahati-Shillong-Dhaka bus service that was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina last year uses this route.
Add to this the scenic drive to Dawki and the trip is certainly worth the effort. Dawki-Tamabil is one of the few road border crossings between India and Bangladesh. It is used mainly for coal transportation to Bangladesh.

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The relaxed atmosphere at the Dawki border – which also has the magnificent Umngot River runs from the Indian side to the Bangladeshi side – made me wonder about undocumented, illegal migration. Dawki Bridge is a suspension bridge over the Umngot River. It was constructed in 1932 by the British. I couldn’t help but think how easy it would be to cross this border. and illegal migration from Bangladesh is certainly a big issue for India’s the Northeastern Border States.

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On the border when we reached there, we found a very less security from our side and from the Bangladeshi side as well. There is a Sub Major who told us go Beta visit the border you are here to see is-init go on. There you see the stone marked 1275, it is in India just wander around and in any point don’t cross that stone.

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There we had a chance of meeting another BSF Jawan from Delhi; he was on duty by the thoroughfare. He was in his mode frustrated by the visitors and Young Couples tries to take a selfie by the Bangladesh Side by crossing the Indian Border. He told us, though the border is friendly we should always keep our check once you crossed the Stone, you are officially illegal immigrants and We (Indian) and they (Bangladeshi) Commando have the power to arrest you.

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All of this made me happy. Such connectivity is also important for the development of the Northeast, which should become India’s gateway to Southeast Asia. En route back to Shillong, we saw the Dawaki Bridge. You just fall in love with this place and the water in the Umngot river is crystal clear but make you mind before visiting Dawaki that we are not going to be alone in this place.

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In my opinion, let the friendly borders between India and Bangladesh continue, step up efforts to crack down on cross-border criminal gangs, develop the region’s economy, and liberalize the visa regime. Such an approach will not only help tackle illegal migration from Bangladesh but also greater commerce between the two countries. So that these neighbouring country able to enjoy a much greater relationship in trade, culture, tradition and many more. At the end both sides of the people are same. 🙂

Majuli River Island

We have been visiting our country for almost 7 years now. We include Tanveer the most important person in my entire journey. We started our journey from Uttarakhand in 2008 and covered almost all the states in INDIA.

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I realized in all my trips that there is much more to see and feel the places we visited. Love history so firstly like to give you an insight places we visited and how powerful these places and ruins once were.

There is so much to learn and understand in these places and it gives a very powerful and divine insight. Places like Haryana, Punjab, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujrat, UP, MP, Uttarakhand, Himachal, Assam, Meghalaya and more are so much to offer. But today we just think about how to meet our end needs. These places are so beautiful and give a strong message.

 

Let’s start with what I realized after visiting these places:

Assam state in northeastern India known for its wildlife (two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses are a World Heritage Site), archeological sites (Rang Mahal, Talatal Ghar) and tea plantations.

In this trip been to places like Majuli (Mājuli or Majoli is a large river island in the Brahmaputra River, Assam, India). I loved the ferry ride to reach Majuli Island is still protected its historical values. There are Satra (ashrams) dated long back 15th century Dakshinpat Satra (1500), Sri Sri Garamur Saru Satra , Kamalabari Satra and many more.

These satra still follow the original culture and their way of living is like that only. It’s hard to believe, but in few satra people don’t even touch each other. Still practice Sanskrit and dedicate whole life in study of sastra and other religious practices.

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The main surviving Satras (Satra) are:

Dakhinpat Satra: Founded by Banamalidev, a supporter of Raasleela, which is now observed as one of the National Festivals of Assam.

Garamurh Satra: This “Satra” was founded by Lakshmikantadeva. During the end of autumn, the traditional the Raasleela is enacted with pomp and celebrations. Ancient weapons called “Bartop” or cannons are preserved here.

Auniati Satra: Founded by Niranjan Pathakdeva, the satra is famous for the “Paalnaam” and Apsara Dances and also its extensive assortment of ancient Assamese artefacts, utensils, jewellery and handicrafts. It also has a hundred and twenty five disciples and over seven hundred thousand followers worldwide.

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Kamalabari Satra: The Kamalabari Satra, founded by Bedulapadma Ata, is a centre of art, culture, literature and classical studies on the island. Its branch the Uttar Kamalabari Satra has performed cultural programmes of the Satria Art all around the country and abroad.

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Benegenaati Satra: It is a reliquary of antiques of cultural importance and an advance center of performing art. Muraridev, the grandson of Sankaradeva’s stepmother was the founder of the Satra. The royal raiment belongs to the Ahom king Swargadeo Godadhar Singha, is made of gold. Also preserved is the royal umbrella made in gold.

Shamaguri Satra: The satra is famous for the mask making in India.

People are mostly of the Mising tribes from Arunachal Pradesh who immigrated here centuries ago. Apart from them, the inhabitants are from the Deori and Sonowal Kacharis tribes. Languages spoken are MisingAssamese, and Deori.

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The only mode of association to the outside world is through a ferry service which operates six times a day. The Temples here are known as namghar where villagers episodically gather to sing and pray. It is the most important public place for the villagers. We saw few with the help of Mr. Datta from majuli.

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Overall you can enjoy this place if you are interested in Ahome dynasty. The Ahom are the descendants of the ethnic Tai people that accompanied the Tai prince Sukaphaa into the Brahmaputra valley in 1228 and ruled the area for six centuries. Sukaphaa and his followers established the Ahom kingdom (1228–1826) and the Ahom dynasty ruled and expanded the kingdom until the British gained control of the region through the Treaty of Yandabo upon winning the First Anglo-Burmese War in 1826.

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Thus, this island in itself is an entire world, fully loaded with freedom and space- detached from the outside world, which is standing alone with no impact of urban sprawl.

Are you searching for the best relaxing destination to make your next vacation memorable? You can consider visiting Majuli Island, which is one of the most beautiful and divine places all over the world.

Beautiful landscape, thrilling adventure and pervading divinity …this is one trip in India which would remain imprinted in your memories forever.

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