Jorhat is an important city in Assam. It is about 470 km away from Guwahati and is on NH 37. It is very important to the Indian tea industry and has many beautiful tea gardens which make it very popular among tourists. Jorhat was the capital of the infamous Ahom Kingdom. It has been home to many artists, musicians, historians, writers and actors which is why it has been called ‘the Cultural Capital of Assam.’ Jorhat has a good number of colleges and universities.
Places to Stay
Jorhat has a good number of hotels and tourist lodges to stay. These include Hotel New Park (Tariff – Rs. 800 onwards), G. K. Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700 onwards) and New Paradise Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards.)
The official language of Jorhat is Assamese. English is also spoken here.
Annual festivals in Jorhat such as the Assam Tea Festival (November), the Majuli festival (21st to 24th November) and the Kaziranga Elephant Festival (11th to 17th February) are celebrated with great fanfare.
Places of Interest
Jorhat has well-known tourist spots such as the Kaziranga National Park and Majuli which is said to be the world’s largest river island.
How to Get There
The Jorhat Aiport(Also known as the Rowriah Airport) is just 5 km away from the city.
While the Jorhat Town Railway Station is the closest to Jorhat, Marini Junction (16 km away) is a 25 minute drive.
Jorhat city happens to be the only city in Assam to provide the Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) facility in North East region with regular buses. Trishul Transport Service and Royal Tour and Travels are major tour operators that provide bus services to Jorhat. There are quite a few online bus booking sites from where you can book your tickets to anywhere in India.