The Oasis of Heritage
Stretching over an area of 2851 square kilometers with a population of 1.85 lakh, Jorhat is well known for its rich cultural heritage and for producing several historians and writers. Belonging to the state of Assam and located to the upper region of it, Jorhat was the last capital of the Ahom Kingdom. It is an alluring, mercantile, creative, and inventive City; making it the second largest city in Assam. Hireath people with an urge to explore the old Ahom heritage should visit Jorhat, at least once in their lifetime. The various 'Namghars' - An Assamese Prayer House dedicated solely to Lord Krishna, 'Satras' and 'Thaans' - A Monastery for the Ahom Religious Practices, Tombs of the Ahom Kings, wildlife sanctuary and gardens marks this place as an oasis of querencia, knowledge, and religion. Adding to the charm of this place, is the mighty river Brahmaputra which houses the biggest river island in the world 'Majuli'. This river island spreads over an area of 924.6 square kilometers, with a population of 1.5 lakh. The island is constantly threatened by having erosion from the river Brahmaputra, hence making it unstable. But due to it being a sanctuary of the mass Vaishnavite heritage, Majuli is one of the most visited tourist attraction of Assam. Jorhat also houses the popular Tea Research Centre 'Tocklai Tea Research Institute' established in 1911, which is the oldest tea research institute in the world.
Jorhat is an example of diverse culture and festivals from Assam. Jorhat was the home of many famous creative writers, historians, and journalists. It is the second largest city in Assam and is known for its tea plantations, art, and culture.
The tea festival of Jorhat is held every year in the city and is visited by tourist and locals from all over. The Tea festival offers various packages that include safaris, golfing, sightseeing, visiting tea gardens and tasting the various tea that Jorhat is famous for also getting the taste of varieties of cuisines served in the festival. There are music and cultural dances for the entertainment of the people. The tea festival of Jorhat is a perfect blend of different cultures you can see.
The Majuli Festival is one of the most famous cultural festivals of Assam, that is held during the month of November in the banks of the river Brahmaputra and gives a mesmerizing memory to last forever. The Majuli cultural festival offers various dances and musical recitals and programs done by the cultural troupes of Majuli and other troupes from around the country. There are exhibitions and food festivals organized by the organizers where you will be finding astonishing artifacts and bamboo works done by the locals also the very tempting foods prepared by the local tribes of Assam. The island is visited by the rare species of migratory birds and some can be seen during the festival.
How to reach
The city of Jorhat is well connected to all the means of travel, as it is one of the most busy places in Assam. You can reach Jorhat without any difficulty or change in your travel means.
How to Reach by Flight
The Rowriah Airport is the nearest airport to Jorhat, also known as the Jorhat Airport. It is within the city itself, hence very convenient; at a distance of 7 kilometers from the city's center pointt. The Airport has flights to and from all the major cities of India like Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, etc.
How to Reach by Train
The nearest railway station to Jorhat is the Jorhat Town Railway Station which lies in the Furkating-Jorhat-Mariani branch line. It falls under the Tinsukia Railway Division of NFR zone. The station has train services like the Shatabdi Express, Intercity Express, etc.
How to Reach by Bus
Located on the western part of the city, the Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) of Jorhat, provides services to all other parts of the state as well as regular ASTC buses and private company buses to the other parts of the North-East region.
How to Reach by Road
Jorhat is well connected to the NH27 and NH715. So if you travel by a car or a bike to Jorhat from Guwahati, it will approximately take you around 6 hours.
How to travel within
Although you can travel by foot within Jorhat, but as it is a very big city, Rickshaws and auto rickshaws are the main modes of public transport.
Jorhat being one of the old cities of Assam has a traditional vibe, which you will find in the food too. The people here love their traditional platter that includes foods that you have never heard but will love eating with family. Every food has their own unique way of cooking namely some as Khar, masor(fish) tenga, aloo pitika, poitabhat, Laksa, bamboo shoot, sticky rice etc. Also, the main city has diverse eating places of cuisines from all India and continental.
- Segmora Assamese Cuisine
- Wood Smoke Café
- Rajputana Login
- Belle Amies
- Nimantran Restaurant
Jorhat Rowriah Airport is well connected with the major cities through airlines and can be reached easily in a few hours, also you can start your adventure by traveling by road from Guwahati and reach Jorhat in approx. 5 hrs. Being a major city lodging is very convenient and easily be taken care of. The evening can be spent viewing a few of the cultural sites such as Raja Maidam and spent the night tasting some local cuisines.
Waking up early the second day will help us reach to reach Nimati Ghat early which will get us access to the early ferry for the river island Majuli. You can spend the day viewing and enjoying the local art and cultures and Satras. At the evening the local troupes present dances and musical recital for entertainment. You can lodge back there or catch the last ferry back to Nimati Ghat as per your convenience.
The last day can be spent a bit waking up lazily and having a light Assamese breakfast and refreshing local tea. Taking a bus will be an easy convenience to go to Dhekhiakhowa Namghar and pay homage to the Gurujanas. Getting back to the city you can have an early lunch and then take a cab to Cinnamora Tea Estate and spent the evening roaming around the lush tea gardens and tasting the tea. You can spend the night back at the city and get a flight back the next day or drive back to Guwahati.