(Last Updated on : 23/02/2015)
Jorhat is a sun shine city in Assam. This city, Jorhat was the first town of the Upper and central Assam installing electricity supply in 1923. The first aeroplane on north-eastern soil was landed in Jorhat in 1928.
Location of Jorhat
Jorhat is 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
Geography of Jorhat
Jorhat City of Assam is located at 26.75 degree north to 94.22 degree east. It has an average elevation of 116 metres (381 feet). In the north of the district, the Brahmaputra River forms the largest riverside island of the world, Majuli, which spreads over 924.6 square kilometres with a population of about 150,000.
Tourism in Jorhat
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 Ahom Dynasty
in medieval era and it is the home to numerous tombs, temples and palaces.
Jorhat is easily connected with roadways, railways and airways. Jorhat, located 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 Kolkata. 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
is served by buses to Guwahati and Tezpur. The 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 Island.