: Famous for its culture, mosques, tombs, gardens and most importantly – its tea plantations, Jorhat is a culturally and commercially important city in the state of Assam. The headquarters of Jorhat district, this city is also known as the tea capital of India. It is located at a distance of about 305 Km from Guwahati and around 138 Km from Dibrugarh.
Famous Places in Jorhat: Majuli, Hoollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, Dhekiakhowa Bor Namghar, Nimati ghat, Raja Maidam, Cinnamora Tea Estate, Sukapha Samannay Kshetra, Ladai Garh, Burigosain Devalay, Bangalpukhari, Tocklai Team Center, Thengal Bhawan, Hatibaruah Namghar Temple, Gazpur, Magolu Khat, Molai Forest, Jorhat Gymkhana Club, Lachit Borphukan’s Maidam, Nimati Ghat, Kakochang Waterfalls, Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar.
Majuli: Majuli is a lush green environment-friendly, a pristine and pollution-free freshwater island in the river Brahmaputra, just 20 km from the Jorhat city and located 347 Kms from Guwahati. With a total area of 1250 sq. km, Majuli is the world’s largest river island and it attracts tourists from all over the world. Among one of the most surreal places in India, Majuli is also a strong contender for a place in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Mostly inhabited by Tribals, the culture of Majuli is unique and quite interesting and is one of the key reasons why people love this place so much. It is also called the cultural capital of Assam.
Hoollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary: Located around 20 km from the main town, this isolated wildlife sanctuary is famous for its hoolock gibbon population. Surrounded by the Brahmaputra river on one side and with tea gardens everywhere else, this is a good enclosure for the 40 or so species of hoolock gibbons that reside here. Apart from the gibbon, one can see capped langur, stump-tailed macaque, pigtail macaque, Assamese macaque, rhesus macaque and slow loris, elephant and so many other species of animals here.
Dhekiakhowa Bor Namghar: Established by the saint and reformer Madhabdev in the year 1461, this is a famous Assamese temple just 4km from the main city. The saint reformer started this centre for preaching Vaishnavism. It is a large complex wherein various cultural and social programmes are held.
Nimati ghat: One of the most important ports of the state, the Nimati ghat serves as a link for ferry boats that operate from the river port to the Majuli Island, Kamalabari and Auniati.
Raja Maidam: Located North of Jorhat, the beautiful Raja Maidam is a vault that preserves ashes of the erstwhile King Purandar Sinha. This maidam was constructed after his death, on 1st October 1894. It is now a pretty park.
Cinnamora Tea Estate: Maniram Dewan, a sirastadar of an assistant commissioner had established this tea estate in 1850. At that time, he worked under the British administration at Jorhat. The Cinnamora Tea Estate is the first tea estate of Assam.
Sukapha Samannay Kshetra: Sukapha Samannay Kshetra was constructed in the memory of Sukapha, the first Ahom king of Assam. An excavation is undergoing here hoping to find remains of the Ahom Kingdom.
Ladai Garh: This is a fortified structure nearly 15km from Jorhat. It was constructed by King Pratap Sinha to protect his kingdom from the neighbouring kingdoms. The garh comprises three parts out of which, Mera Garh is at Majhuli.
Burigosain Devalay: This temple is situated in the heart of Jorhat city and Burigosain is the presiding deity of the temple. Apart from this, another deity here is that of a priest. Both the deities were brought from Jayantiya and established first at Rangpur. Later, these idols were shifted to its present location.
Bangalpukhari: Bangalpukhari is a celebrated water tank located in the South of Jorhat City. Created in 1739, this water tank is untouched by the people of this city due to the myth that it will bring bad omens. This famous water reservoir is located near Na-Ali and even though it is not used, it has become quite a popular tourist attraction in Jorhat.
Tocklai Team Center: Tocklai Team Center, also known as Tocklai Tea Research Center or Tocklai Experimental Station for Tea Research is a laboratory and research institute sited near River Tocklai in Jorhat, Assam. Established in 1911, this tea station is marked as one of the largest and oldest tea stations in the world and is definitely a must-visit spot for all the tea-lovers.
Thengal Bhawan: The official place where the first Assamese newspaper was released, Thengal Bhawan has now become a leading attraction in Jorhat. It was built in 1880 by Raibahadur Siva Prasad Barooah and the first newspaper was printed in the local language in 1929, called the Assamese Weekly. This attraction, even though is very simplistic, is definitely a go-to spot for anyone who visits Jorhat.
Hatibaruah Namghar Temple: The holy place for the Assamese community, Hatibaruah Namghar Temple is the main place of worship for the natives. The word “Namghar” literally translates to Prayer House and is highly precious to the Ekasarana sect of Hinduism. When in Jorhat, taking out time to visit this temple can be a great option.
Gazpur: A place initially created to keep elephants is now in ruins. The king of this place is said to have asked his soldiers to bring around a 1000 elephants that he had captured here in order to celebrate the inauguration of a new city under his rule. Despite the unfortunate history behind this place, this attraction is still worth a visit.
Magolu Khat: A historical site created by the King Rajeshwar Sinha, the Magolus or the Manipuris were built after he got married to the Manipuri princess, Kuranganayani. This attraction was thus, built as a symbol of love and what a king can do for his significant other. Even though in ruins today, Magolu Khat is definitely worth a visit.
Molai Forest: Often referred to as the “One-man forest”, MolaiForest is a famous forest on Majuli Island in Jorhat, Assam. It is named after Jadav Payeng, a forestry worker and environmental activist. When the forest was abandoned by the forestry division of Golaghat District in 1983, Jadav single-handedly put in 30 years of effort into making this a full-fledged 1360-acre forest reserve which has also been the site for a number of documentaries and films.
Jorhat Gymkhana Club: Built by D. Simons, Jorhat Gymkhana Club is a sports venue in Jorhat that majorly focuses on horseracing, lawn tennis grass courts, billiard, swimming pools, gentleman’s bar, cinema theatre and polo. This club dates back to the British era as it was built in 1876. It is the site for the Governor’s Cup event every year and has served as a venue for horse racing for over 140 years.
Lachit Borphukan’s Maidam: Lachit Borphukan’s Maidam, named after the famous Ahom General, Lachit Borphukan is one of the most interesting attractions in Jorhat. This maidam has a memorial stone which was constructed in the memory of the 16th-century warrior of this city. It is often recommended to visit this attraction in order to pay tribute to this great soul and is definitely worth a visit.
Nimati Ghat: Nimati Ghat, or just Nimati, is one of the most essential ports in Assam. It is the only entry point to the largest river island in the world, Majuli and it serves as a link for ferries that go to Auniata and Kamalabari. This Ghat is located near the Brahmaputra river and is significant not only for local villages here but also for upper Assam.
Kakochang Waterfalls: Located at an altitude of 116 meters, Kakochang Waterfalls are one of the most popular waterfalls in Assam. Also called Kakojan, it is situated in the unknown forests of Bokakhat. Remains of the historical Numaligarh can be found at this site. However, more than that, these waterfalls offer a remarkable view to visitors and serve as a great picnic spot.
Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar: Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar, a Nambghar in Jorhat is said to have been built by Madhavdeva, a saint-reformer. He ignited an earthen lamp which had been burning since 1528 and till date, it is kindled by priests in this Namghar. It is called Bornamghar due to its rich history and a large campus. The Namghar is spread across 13 bighas of land and is the site for a number of social, cultural and religious activities in Jorhat.