Brahmaputra … The Mighty River And Tribals At Assam


The Mising tribe is one of the largest tribes in Assam, India. They are a riverine people, and their culture and traditions are closely tied to the Brahmaputra River. The Mishing people have a rich history and culture, and they are known for their hospitality and their love of music and dance.

Tribal Huts by the Brahmaputra river
Tribal Huts by the Brahmaputra River

Poem on the Mighty Brahmaputra River

The mighty river and its effect on the tribals living on its bank at Majuli the largest riverine island in the world. These poetic words spontaneously came into my thoughts while visiting the above tribal huts.

Every year we build our huts
Bit higher than before

Hoping, Brahmaputra will
Spare us of her fury

She comes and engulfs
Even the ground beneath us

Every year we play this game
Every year she wins…


It is one of the longest and mightiest rivers in the world. Originating from Tibet, it cuts through the Himalayas and flows across India and Bangladesh before emptying into the Bay of Bengal.

The name is derived from two Sanskrit words: Brahma, meaning ‘the creator god’ and Putra, meaning “son”. According to Hindu mythology, the river was named after Brahma’s son, Manu.

It is a transboundary river, which means that it flows through more than one country. Originates in Tibet, China, and then flows through the Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Meghalaya. Then enters Bangladesh, where it is known as the Jamuna River.

The river provides irrigation for agriculture, drinking water for millions of people, and transportation for goods and people. Also home to a variety of wildlife, including endangered species such as the Ganges river dolphin.

Interesting facts about the river

  • 9th longest river in the world, with a length of 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles)
  • 15th largest river in the world by discharge, with an average discharge of 19,000 cubic meters per second (670,000 cubic feet per second)

Recommend you to read the following on this Travel Blog.

Majuli – The Largest Riverine Island

Guwahati – Gateway to North East India

Tea Gardens of Assam

Nameri National Park & Tiger Reserve

Home to Single Horned Rhinos – Kaziranga National Park



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