Jorhat City is one among the fifth most important cities of Assam, the other four being- Guwahati, Dibrugarh City, Silchar Town and Bongaigaon City. Jorhat acts as a gateway to upper Assam and to the state of Nagaland. Jorhat has many firsts to its credit in different spheres. Jorhat was there first town of the Greater Assam installing electricity supply in 1923. The first aeroplane on northeastern soil was landed in Jorhat in 1928. Jorhat Gymkhana Club is the oldest golf course in Asia and third oldest in the world. The first stadium of Assam was built in Jorhat. The worldâ€™s oldestand largestTea Experimental Station is located at Jorhat. The first non-government college of Assam J BCollege was established in Jorhat. The cityhas many research institutes,including the worldâ€™s oldest and largest Tea Exprimental Station, North East Institute of Science & Technology, Rain & Forest Research Institute, Central Muga Eri Research Institute and universities like Assam Agricultural University & Kaziranga University. Now Jorhat is a rapidly developing city and one of the major business & commercial hubs of Northeast-India.Its population has now increased to more than 0.1million. The recent urban development of Jorhat has seen the rise of several high cost apartments and flats with people flocking in from all parts of the state making it truly a cosmopolitan City.
HOW TO REACH
Jorhat has its own Airport named Rowraih Airport, Jorhat and is few minutes away from the city center. Rowraih Airport is well connected to a spectrum of cities in the country such as Bangalore, Guwahati and Kolkata. The nearest International Airport is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati, roughly 323 Kms from Jorhat. Scheduled flights are available from cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Imphal, Agartala, Pune and Kolhapur
Jorhat is 50 Kms from Golaghat, 56 Kms from Sibsagar, 133 Kms from Dimapur, 162 Kms from Tezpur, 206 Kms from Kohima, 305 Kms from Guwahati, 326 Kms from Itanagar, 344 Kms from Imphal, 365 Kms from Shillong and is connected through Assam State Road Transport Corporation (ASRTC) and some private travel services.
Jorhat has its own Railway Station named as Jorhat Railway Station which is connected to the major cities of Assam. It is linked with the cities like Mariani, Guwahati and Kamakhya through Jttn Intercity, Jan Shatabdi Express and Ghy Intercity.
WHAT TO SEE
Majuli, is the largest freshwater river island in The world contesting for a position in the “World Heritage list”, falls under the jurisdiction of the civil administration of sub-division of Jorhat District. It is located 20 kilometers fro the heartland of the City of Jorhat, Assam. It is an environment friendly, pollution free fresh water island nestled in the mighty River Brahmaputra. Total area of the island is 1250 km2.
Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar is a noted Bor namghar (place of worship) in Assam, established by saint-reformer Madhabdev in 1461. It is located at Dhekiakhowa village of Jorhat, 3.5 km away from National Highway 37. From the time of saint-reformer Sri Srimanta Sankardev and Madhavdev, this namghar (prayer hall) has been continuing as an important centre for Baisnav religion.
Lachit Borphukan’s Maidam:-
This is the maidam of great Lachit Borphukan. He was the greatest ever Ahom General who defeated the mighty Mughals at Saraighat in 1672. He died a year later and his remains were laid under this maidam by Swargadeo Udayaditya Singha. It is located at Gohain gaon of Meleng-Hulungapar. It is 8 km from the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary.
Jorhat Science Centre & Planetarium:-
It is located near the Rajmao Pukhuri opened to the public from March 2013 onwards. A dominant feature of the digital planetarium is the large dome-shaped projection screen onto which scenes of stars, planets and other celestial objects can be made to appear and move realistically to simulate the complex ‘motions of the heavens’.
Jorhat Gymkhana Club:-
Jorhat Gymkhana Club,the oldest golf course in Asia and the third oldest in The World
Established by British, the Jorhat Gymkhana Club was built in 1876 by D. Slimmon, then Secretary of the club in Seconidhara village. The club has been a venue for horse races ever since its inauguration. The Governor’s Cup is the major trophy awarded here every year.
Chandrakanta Handique Bhavan:-
Chandrakanta Handique Bhawan is the head office of Asam Sahitya Sabha
The Chandrakanta Handique Bhavan, built in 1926, was donated by late Radhakanta Handique. It is the headquarters of Asam Sahitya Sabha. Personalities like late Chandradhar Baruah, late Dimbeswar Neog, late Mitradev Mahanta and other writers from Jorhat have adorned the presidency of Asom Sahitya Sabha.
Ayur Sanjeeva is a health resort situated inside the Tilikiam tea garden. Amidst the greenery of the tea garden and having the vast open land Malow Pathar behind it and with the perpetual cool breeze coming from the nearby Brahmaputra, this resort is to be the dreamland for nature lovers.
Jorhat District Museum:-
This mini museum comprises the metal icons and stone sculpture, sins of Sashi bark and man made paper, weapons of Ahom dynasty. It is situated in the complex of P.G. Training College in M.G. Road.
The Thengal Bhawan of Titabor:-
Thengal Bhawan was built in 1880 by Rai Bahadur Siva Prasad Barooah. In 1929, he published a weekly Assamese newspaper. Later, he established his printing press and office at Thengal Bhawan and managed to publish a daily newspaper, Dainik Batori. Siva Prasad Barooah was the owner and Bagmibar Nilamani Phukan was the editor of this daily newspaper. This newspaper was published from such a place, Thengal Bhawan, where there was no post office. It was the first daily newspaper in Assamese and also the first daily newspaper in any language, published from a village in entire India.
Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary:-
Hollongapar Gibbon Wildlife sanctuary, more popularly known as Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary named after Hoolock Gibbon covers an area of 20.98 square kilometers (including the area under Military Engineering Services of Indian Army) at Jorhat district of Assam. The Hoollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary was earlier known as Hoollongapar Forest during British period in 1881. This sanctuary is approximately 19 km from Jorhat’s town centre and 5 km from Mariani.
Kaziranga Golf Resort:-
Kaziranga Golf Resort is a very scenic golf resort located at Sangsua and Gatoonga Tea Estates of west Jorhat.
Sukapha Samannay Kshetra:-
Laid in the fond memory of the first Ahom king of Assam, Sukapha at Mohbandha near Dergaon and Jorhat. The State administration has pledged Rs 20 crore for the mega project in recognition of the six hundred years of Ahom rule in the region.
Mou Chapori is a nice place at Neematighat, Jorhat. It is a small river island on Brahmaputra and an ideal place for family holidays. Cottages are attractive and available at affordable prices.
Mulai Kathoni or Mulai Forest, a man made forest located at Kokilamukh, a village of Jorhat. Jadav Payeng, “the forest man of India”, who is behind this exceptional work, upgraded a chapori of the river Brahmaputra to this forest.
There is lot to select from incredible handicraft material of the state, quality silk material and authentic Assam tea
In fact food of the north-eastern states of India differs a lot from the food of the other states. Assamese food dishes are dominated with herbal flavors and rice is the basic ingredient. Even though not spicy like food in other states it is a balanced diet.