A Travel Guide to Jorhat

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A visit to Assam is nearly incomplete if you don't visit the 'Tea Capital of the World' – Jorhat. You will certainly get mesmerised by the magical beauty of the lush green tea gardens and their aroma. These tea plantations are also a major tourist attraction. Apart from several scenic natural locations, Jorhat is the city of culture and historical relevance. The name Jorhat means 'two hats or mandis' that refers to 'Chowkihat' and 'Macharhat' that existed in the 18th century on the banks of river Bhugdoi. Moreover, it was the last capital of the Ahom dynasty which ruled Assam for over six centuries.

Best time to visit Jorhat

To experience the best of Jorhat, you should visit this city during October, November, January and March.

Most spoken languages in Jorhat

  • Assamese
  • Bengali 
  • Hindi
  • English

How to reach Jorhat

  • By air: You can book flights to Jorhat and arrive at the Jorhat Airport. It is the second busiest airport located 7 km from the city. IndiGo operates daily non-stop flights between Jorhat and Kolkata with seamless connections to many other cities in India.
  • By train: Jorhat Town and Rowriah Sdg are the main town stations, connecting the city to all major cities of the country through regular trains.
  • By bus: Jorhat is well-connected with the rest of the country via regular buses.

Getting around Jorhat

Rented taxi services and daily ferry boats are the most common mode of transportation to move around the city.

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Places to visit in Jorhat

  • Tocklai Tea Research Centre: Your trip to the 'Tea capital of the world' is incomplete if you don't visit Asia's largest and oldest Tea Research centre - Tocklai Tea Research Centre, established in 1911. In 2014, it got the new name Tocklai Tea Research Institute (TTRI). The visit will leave you spellbound with experiences like never before, and it's a definite treat for tea lovers and non-tea lovers alike.
  • Majuli Island: A hub of religious and cultural significance, Majuli Island leaves you with a trail of memories that you will cherish forever. Situated on the mighty Brahmaputra river, the world's largest riverine island offers a scenic natural landscape that is hard to escape. You can easily reach Majuli Island by boats and ferries that are available from Nemati ghat in Jorhat. Inhabited mainly by tribals, this beautiful place also has a unique culture and religious significance. It is home to the Assamese neo-Vaishnavite culture as Saint Sankardeva established the first neo-Vaishnavite Satra or monastery in Majuli. Unfortunately, due to the constant erosion of lands resulting from floods every year, the island is getting smaller. Initially, 65 satras were established, but now only 22 are left. Bird watching is another famous attraction of Majuli Island. 
  • Hoollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary: For another encounter with nature, take a trip to Hoollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, whose name has been derived from the only ape family found in India, 'Hoolock Gibbon'. Surrounded by the Brahmaputra river on one side and tea gardens, the sanctuary is also home to primates such as Capped Langur, Slow Loris and Rhesus Macaque.
  • Dhekiakhowa Bor Namghar: To experience the religious side of Jorhat, you should visit Dhekiakhowa Bor Namghar. This place of worship was established by famous saint reformer Madhabdeb in 1461 to preach Vaishnavism. Since that time, it is considered to be an essential centre for Baisnav religion. Situated in a village, Dhekiakhowa of Jorhat, the temple has a large complex used to host various social and cultural programs.
  • Raja Maidam: Situated on the northern side of Jorhat at the south bank of River Tocklai, Raja Maidam is another prime tourist destination in the city. Take a stroll in this beautiful park that was constructed to preserve the ashes of the last king of the Ahom dynasty - King Purandar Sinha.
  • Jorhat Gymkhana Club: Relax your day at the Gymkhana club, the third oldest golf club globally and oldest in Asia. Experience a horse race if you can on your visit. The club includes a 9-hole golf close circuit and other facilities like polo, billiards, and lawn tennis grass courts. Apart from these, Jorhat has several other tourist places that you can plan to visit, such as Ladai Garh, Thengal Bhawan, Lachit Borphukan's Maidam and Sukapha Samannay Kshetra, to name a few.

Places to eat in Jorhat

Bambusa Restaurant
Bambusa Restaurant

A cosy and casual eating place that serves the best Assamese cuisines.

Cherry Garden
Cherry Garden

This decade-old bakery offers creatively designed delicious cakes that are going to satisfy your sweet taste buds for sure.


Shopping in Jorhat

  • ABS Mall
  • Max Mart

Markets in Jorhat

These authentic items are readily available in Jorhat's various local markets like Kachori Gali, Mitha Pukhuri road, Babbu Patty, Chowk Bazaar at AT Road, Garh Ali, Old Balibat, etc.

Assam is synonymous with silk items, mainly 'muga', 'pat' and 'eri'. And so is Jorhat. Make sure you visit silk emporiums and showrooms in Jorhat and shop various silk items like sarees, suits, kurtas, etc. Most of all 'Mekhela Chador', the traditional Assamese wear, is a must buy. 

Take back some memories from Jorhat in the form of conventional souvenirs like 'Gamosa', 'Japi' and 'Xorai' along with some traditional Assamese jewellery.

Where to stay in Jorhat


Hotel GK Palace An ideal place for the tourist due to its convenient location. Whether you want to go shopping, dining or exploring the beauty around, this is the perfect place you can stay and relax.


Flagship Hotel Alohi Ghar Located close to the airport, Hotel Alohi Ghar is a budget destination. This hotel is a good option for leisure travellers as it is well-connected with all tourist destinations.

Nightlife in Jorhat

  • Bee Gee Inn
  • Brahmaputra dhaba and bar
  • Relaxy Inn and Bar

Places to visit near Jorhat

  • Kaziranga National Park: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kaziranga National Park is renowned worldwide for comprising two-thirds of the world's population of one-horned rhinos. You can opt for a jeep safari to explore the national park. There are different timings for the safaris, so do choose your preference before your visit. While you see the national park, take a short trip to Kakochang Waterfalls. As it flows between the rubber and coffee plantations, the waterfall looks breathtakingly beautiful. The locals usually go for a picnic around the waterfall.
  • Dimapur: Considered to be among the fastest-growing cities of the Northeast, Dimapur is also the beautiful gateway to Nagaland. Despite not being the state capital, the city has state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities no less than any other.

Festivals in Jorhat

  • Tea Festival: The Tea Festival is celebrated in the district of Jorhat every year with great fervour and entertainment. This festival is all about tea, joy, and music. It generates a mood of festivity with a traditional and warm, cordial reception. The festival is celebrated with visits to the tea gardens, tasting delicious food items, safaris into the jungles, playing golf and last but not least, by indulging in shopping and cultural entertainment. Adventure sports like rafting and angling in turbulent rivers are also held during the festival.
  • Majuli Festival: Majuli festival takes place on the bank of the Luit River, which has beautiful scenic beauty. Many cultural festivals are organised during the festival in Majuli. Many cultural troupes from Majuli and other parts of the country perform at the festival. Seminars and exhibitions are also conducted during the festival. The exhibition displays the Assamese products specially designed and prepared by the artists that showcase the traditional grandeur of Majuli.

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