Buildings and Monuments in Jorhat
The Jorhat Gymkhana Club is a venue for horse races from the very inception. The Gymkhana Club possesses the distinction of being the oldest golf course in Asia and the third oldest in the world. It was built in 1876. The club was built by D Slimmon, then secretary of the club in Seconidhara village. It was established as a ‘planter’s club’ for the tea planters of Assam.
The original club was an old fashioned little woodhouse, situated at the middle of the racecourse. The racecourse served as camping and parade ground. The club was later shifted to another location. The present club was established in 1885.
The Jorhat Gymkhana Club is a venue for horse races. The Governor’s Cup is the major trophy awarded in the club. The club has a lush green 9 hole golf course. The club is vying for a position in the World Heritage list. Facilities like lawn tennis grass courts, swimming pool, billiards, polo, gentlemen’s bar and cinema theatre are the major attractions of the club. The cricket ground here is called Jorhat Gymkhana Ground. The ground had the distinction of hoisting the CK Naidu Under-19 Indian Cricket tournament matches. The ground is used by Khelmati sports club for practicing cricket. The club has a unique tradition of pony racing commonly known as the historic Jorhat Race. The race attracts many tourists and sports lovers. The club also hoists the tea tourism festival.
Tourists can visit Thengal Bhavan which is a complex situated 8 km from the Jorhat town. It is a historical place from where the first weekly Assamese newspaper Dainik Batari was published. It was built in 1880 by Raibahadur Shiva Prasad Barooah. In 1929 Barooah published a weekly Assamese newspaper from the bhavan. Later his printing press and office was established in the Thengal Bhavan. At that time there was no post office in the place. Dainik Batari was the first daily newspaper in Assamese and the first daily newspaper in any language published from a village in India.
Chandrakanta Handique Bhavan serves as the headquarter of Asom Sahitya Sabha. The building was donated by late Radhakanta Handique. Chandra Kanta Handique Bhavan has made huge contribution in the development of the different tribal languages of Assam. It was built in 1962. With time some parts of the old building got damaged and the building was reconstructed. The Government of Assam took up the reconstruction work of the bhavan. The building was reconstructed on the same base of the former one donated by Radhakanta Handique. Personalities like late Chandradhar Baruah, late Dimbeswar Neog, and late Mitradev Mahanta were the presidents of the Asom Sahitya Sabha.
Tocklai Experimental Station is the oldest and largest tea research station in the world. Research on every aspect of tea cultivation and processing is carried out in the Tocklai Experimental Station. Tocklai has contributed immensely for the growth and development of tea industry in North east India by providing R&D inputs. It was created in 1911 to expand the horizon of tea research to cover the entire Northeast India. The Jorehaut Tea Company Limited provided the site to it. Three tea clones namely TV1, TV2 and TV3 was developed for the first time in the world at Tocklai. This marked the beginning of a revolution in clonal selection and vegetative propagation of tea.
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