Where there is Tea, there is joy and happiness! Known for its culture, mosques, tombs, gardens and most importantly – its tea plantations, Jorhat is an amazing city and one one of the top tourist places in Assam. It is fondly known as the Tea capital of India. Jorhat in Assam is located at a distance of about 305 Km from Guwahati and approximately around 138 Km from Dibrugarh. In this article, we present you to the beautiful city of Jorhat in Assam and brief about its history, culture and also about Jorhat tourism.
History of Jorhat
The word Jorhat was coined from the two words – ‘jor’ meaning two and ‘hat’ meaning market. During the 18th century, there were two weekly markets in Jorhat – The Chowkihat market and Macharhat market. They were with which the place was highlighted and identified. Located on either side of the Bhagdoi river, the markets were the biggest commercial centres in the state. Also, Jorhat holds the prestige of being the final capital of Ahom Kings. Thus you can find many historical relics in the city that will take you to the Ahom ruled days.
The Tea Factor!
The rolling Tea Estates of Jorhat in Assam has its own fan base. You will be shocked to know that this place boasts to have as many as 135 tea gardens in and around. This earned the name of the largest tea producers in the state. Being at Jorhat and not visiting the tea estates is a crime. You just can’t unsee the beauty of the cascading plantations rolling down the slopes. One of the most popular tea gardens is the Cinnamora Tea Estate. Tocklai Tea Research Centre is the oldest research institute specially for tea in the world and it adds more grace to the already graceful city.
More about Jorhat
This busy commercial and artistic city is considered as the second largest in Assam. Though Tea plantation is the main attraction of Johart in Assam, there are also other attractions such as natural reserves which includes Thengal Bhawan, Raja Maidam, Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary and Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar. The Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar, one of the oldest and most famous places of worship in Assam is also a place of interest for tourists. You can also visit the world’s largest river island, Majuli which is at a distance of 20 km away from this town. You can easily get there via ferries from Nimati Gat.
The age-old culture and tradition
Jorhat is in known as as the Cultural Capital of Assam as the city portrays the rich culture and unadulterated tradition. You can enjoy exploring this quaint yet modern city that has preserved the Ahom culture in the form of music and literature.
Do not miss visiting the significant tourist places in and around Jorhat that includes the numerous Maidams (graveyards). Two important Maidams namely, Raja Maidam and Lachit Borphukan’s Maidam projects the cultural superiority of the place. You can also spot Pukhuris or tanks located here and there on the streets that adorn the city. Remarkable Pukhris include Kunwari Pukhuri, Baduli Pukhuri etc.
How and when to Reach Jorhat?
Jorhat is comfortably connected to neighbouring parts of Assam and rest of the country through the National Highways. There is also a fully-functional airport and a properly maintained railway station in the city. You can head to this place during the start of the semi-monsoon season. It is during this time you can enjoy the best of the city with moderate yet pleasant weather.
Make your way to this beautiful city with the right mix of cultural, artistic and commercial values for you will never regret visiting. There are a lot of things to do in and around the city of Jorhat in Assam. Indulge in the age-old tradition and lose your heart amidst the natural charm. Head to the Pickyourtrail website and start planning your trip to Assam right away.