(Last Updated on : 30/01/2009)
Stretching northeast from Guwahati along the valley, Assam penetrates the complex Brahmaputra watersheds at the eastern extremity of the Himalayas, in the area known as Upper Assam. Jorhat is the main centre for the region, with an airport and road connections, and acts as the gateway to Kaziranga, Nagaland and northern Arunachal Pradesh .
Although not particularly attractive to tourists in itself, Jorhat makes a good base for exploring the unique Vaishnavite culture of Majuli, the largest river island in the world. North of Jorhat lies Sibsagar, former capital of the Ahoms and home to numerous tombs, temples and palaces.
Jorhat, 310-km east of Guwahati, has research establishments dedicated to the tea industry. A tea research centre is established at Chinnamara, 5-km away from Jorhat. Annual tea festival in Jorhat is another attraction, along with temple of Buri Gohani, British imperial mementos, the hanging platform to hang Freedom Fighters in front of the jail and many others.
Jorhat is well connected by air, with daily flights from Guwahati, and four flights a week from Calcutta . The airport is situated 5-km out of town and can be reached by rickshaw, auto-rickshaw or Indian Airlines buses.
Jorhat railway station is on the Farketing-Mariyani branch railway station. There are also bus services to Mariyani, the nearest mainline railway station, where two express trains run to Tinsukia, Dimapur, and Lumding.
ASTC buses run to Guwahati, Tezpur, Sibsagar, Tinsukia, Dimapur and Itanagar, Kaziranga is served by buses to Guwahati and Tezpur. Private buses are also available. Alternatively, one can take bus or taxi to reach Niyamati Ghat and cross the river by ferryboat or launch over to Majuli.
Hotels & Accomodation
The tourist lodges at Jorhat are well equipped with large, comfortable rooms and are available at reasonable prices.