Popularly known as the Cultural Capital of Assam, Jorhat with its rich cultural diversity is one of the main cities in the state. The city serves as a prime gateway to upper Assam and Nagaland. An important city in Assam, Jorhat is also well linked via airways, railways and roadways to the rest of India.
Dotted with various tea gardens in and around, Jorhat is widely referred to as the “Tea Capital of India”. The city was once the capital of the Ahom Kingdom and is home to many places and monuments of historical importance. With time, the city has evolved to be one of the important commercial & business hubs in the state. It also acts as a base for the renowned tourist places like Kaziranga National Park and the Majuli, the largest river island in the world.
A cultural vibrant city, Jorhat is also an interesting travel destination in the state. It can be best visited during the months from October to March, when the climate truly favors for roaming in and around the city. Tourists can also visit during Jorhat Tea festival which is held every year between Nov and Jan. Another well known festival celebrated in the city is also Bihu held in April. Jorhat airport is operational, so the best way to travel to Jorhat is via air.
The city houses many sites of historical significance and shrines that one can visit during their trip to Jorhat. Situated to the south of Jorhat, Bangalpukrui is a tank, which can be dated back to 1739 during Ahom times. Thengal Manor, Burigosain devalay, Purnananda Buragohain Maidam, Bilvesvar Siva Temple, Garh Ali and Magolu Khat are some of the popular historical and religious sites to be visited in the city. Known for its extensive tea gardens, one of the best things to do while in Jorhat is to take a tea garden tour. It is also home to one of the largest and oldest tea research stations in the world, Tocklai Tea Research Centre, and is a must visit attraction. Also, don’t miss to visit Gymkhana Club, the famous Kaziranga National Park (2 hrs drive) and Majuli Island.
Eating & Shopping
There are good hotels and eating joints where one can relish local as well as other cuisines in the city. Hotel GK Palace, situated near the railway station and MD’s Sweets at Gar-li in Jorhat are the best places to relish multi-cuisines including Indian, Chinese and Continental delights. While in Johat, the traditional Assamese Thali is a must eat. For traditional delicacies, head to Hotel Janata Palace. Also, don’t forget to try special delicious Dahi and sweets at Suresh Bhandar, located at Dohabara Chalk.
Jorhat is famous for its tea gardens, so the best buys in the city is tea. Aside from this, one can also shop for traditional items and local handicrafts as well as other interesting souvenirs. The best places for shopping in the city are Chowk Bazaar, JPR Road, KB Road, Gar Ali, Rupahi Ali, Mitha Pukhuri Road and Nirmal Chariali.
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