Tourist Places in Jorhat

Jorhat, the second largest city of Assam after capital city Guwahati, has a number of tourist places across the town. Jorhat town is a culturally rich town and one can get a glimpse of the varied culture features of Assam in Jorhat. There are tourist places of historical importance as well as religious sanctity across Jorhat. There are several pukhuries (tanks) of historical importance in Jorhat. There are also many satras (religious monasteries) located in Majuli island near Jorhat. These tanks and monasteries dates back to the ancient times of Ahom rule. Some of the tourist places in and around Jorhat town are:


Tourists Places in Jorhat

Majuli

The world’s biggest river island, Majuli is located in Jorhat on the mighty river Brahmaputra. Majuli is the prime seat of Vaishnavites and Vaishnavism religion. One will find many satras in Majuli Island whereVaishnava culture is regularly practiced. These Satras were founded by great Vaishnava saint Shrimanta Sankardeva. There are all together 22 satras across the island of Majuli which include:

Dakhinpat Satra: This Satra, founded by Banamalidev, regularly holds Raasleela, a festival recognized as important in Assam.

Garamurh Satra: The Garamurh Satra was founded by Lakshmikanta Deva and there are ancient weapons of Ahom rule known as ‘Bartop’ or cannons preserved in this Satra. This Satra also holds Rasleeela festival annually.

Auniati Satra: This Satra, founded by Vaishnavite Niranjan Pthakdeva is famous for ‘Paalnaam’ and the Apsara dances which takes place here. There are also ancient Assamese artifacts, utensils, beautiful jewelry and antique handicrafts preserved here. This Satra is home to around a hundred and twenty five disciples and has many followers worldwide.

Kamalabari Satra: The Kamalabari Satra, founded by Bedulapadma Ata has a branch named Uttar Kamalabari Satra which hosts cultural programmes of Satria Art across India and abroad.

Benegenaati Satra: This Satra houses many antiques of cultural and historical significance. The Satra is an advanced canter of performing arts. The royal raiment made of gold, which belongs to Ahom King Swargadeo Gadadhar Singha is in this Satra. There is also a gold royal umbrella preserved here.

Shamaguri Satra: This Shamaguri Satra of Majuli Island is famous for mask making in India.

Religious Places in Jorhat

Dhekiakhowa Barnamghar: The Dhekiakhowa Barnamghar, established by saint-reformer Madhabdev, is located near Jorhat and houses many religious books of Hindus in it.

Garakhiadol Temple: The Garakhiadol Temple is a Shiva temple located 7 kms from Jorhat town. The temple was constructed in the year 1714 during the reign of Ahom ruler Swargadeo Siba Singha. The presiding deity of Garakhiadol temple is Lord Shiva. The Mahashivaratri festival is celebrated with much fervor.

Bilvesvar Siva temple: Bilvesvar Siva temple lies about 35 km north of Jorhat town. It is an old temple now lying in ruins. There is also a tank built by Rucinath Borgohain.

Burigosain Devalaya: The Burigosain Devalaya is a Shakta shrine located in Jorhat.

Buildings & Monuments in Jorhat

Jorhat Gymkhana Club: The Jorhat Gymkhana Club is the oldest golf course in Asia and third oldest in the world.

Places to Visit in JorhatThengal Bhavan: The Thengal Bhavan is a historical complex situated located around 8 kms from Jorhat town. It is the place wherefrom the first Assamese weekly newspaper Dainik Batari was published. The Bhavan was built in the year 1880 by Raibahadur Shiva Prasad Barooah. In the year 1929, another weekly Assamese newspaper was published from here. Later on, Raibahadur Shiva Prasad Barooah shifted his printing press and office to the Thengal Bhavan.

Chandrakanta Handique Bhavan: Chandrakanta Handique Bhavan is the headquarters of the Asom Sahitya Sabha. The Bhavan building, built in the year 1962 was donated by the late Radhakanta Handique.

Tocklai Experimental Station: The Tocklai Experimental Station in Jorhat is the oldest and largest tea research station in world. Research studies on almost each and every aspect of tea cultivation and processing is carried out in the station. The Tocklai Experimental Station has contributed much by providing R&D inputs for the growth and development of tea industry in North east India. The Tocklai Experimental Station was established in the year 1911 to broaden the horizon of tea research so as to cover entire Northeast India. The Jorehaut Tea Company Limited provided the site of the Tocklai Experimental Station.In the year 1964, the management of Tocklai Experimental Station was taken over by Tea Research Association.

Kunwori Pukhuri: Kunwori Pukhuri, built by Parbatiya Kunwori, the granddaughter of Ahom king Sataialia Dilabandha Borgohain is located near trunk road in Jorhat.

Baduli Pukhuri: Baduli pukhuri is a tank located near trunk road in Teok and was excavated by Baduli Borphukan. The tank is named after Baduli Borphukan.

Purnananda Buragohain Maidan: This site is located situated on Tocklai River banks near the Macharhat Namghar. The Maidam was created by the son of Purnananda Buragohain, who established his vast kingdom at Macharhat.

Raja Maidam: The Raja Maidam s another historical site created to preserve the ashes of king Purandar Sinha. The maidam is located on the southern banks of the Toklai river.

Lachit Borphukan Maidan: This maidam is dedicated to greatest Ahom general Lachit Phukan who defeated the Mughals at Saraighat Battle in the year 1672.

Garh Ali: Garh Ali is a historic embankment built during the war fought between the Ahoms and the Moamarias. It was built to protect the Ahom kingdom from the brutal attack of the Moamarias. The Garh Ali starts from Seoni Ali and extends up to the location of the Naga hills. Garh Ali is also called Bibuddhi ghar.

Gazpur: The name ‘Gazpur’ relates to the incident when an Ahom king decided to create a town by collecting a thousand elephants. However, since it was not possible to collect so many elephants, the king gave up the idea of creating and named the place as Gazpur.

Magolu Khat: The Magolu Khat is located 4 miles west of the Jorhat town. Ahom king Rajeshwar Sinha established the Mogolus or Manipuris at this place after marrying  Kuranganayani, princess of Manipur in Manaimaji village.

Famous Tourist spots in Jorhat

Kaziranga National Park:  The Kaziranga National Park, the major tourism spot of Assam and home to the one horned rhinoceros is located near Jorhat. The Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary, a world heritage site is home to many species of flora and fauna.

Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary, located near Jorhat is famous for different spices of primates found here. Click here for more details

Tourist Attractions in JorhatMou Chapori: Mou Chapori at Neematigarh is a small river island on Brahamaputra. It is a tourist and guest accommodation in Jorhat. Visitors are transported from Nimatighat by ferry to the river resort. From the resort tourists can enjoy the beauty of the Brahmaputra river and the beautiful sunset scene. The Resort also provides varied systems of accommodation in the resort.

Borbheta: The Borbheta area in Jorhat is famous for the Assam Agricultural University, the district jail, the Jorhat Police Reserve and the Christian Mission Hospital located here.

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