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Cultural capital of Assam

Jorhat is a major city of Assam. The city has a lot of sight scenes around it. Kaziranga National Park is just nearly 112 km. Via NH 37 from Jorhat. We visited Hoollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the best sight scenes of Jorhat city during our trip to Kaziranga. Majuli, the largest freshwater river island in the world is just nearly 20 km. From Jorhat one can found urban facilities like ATM, hotels, restaurants, cyber cafes, shopping malls, universities in Jorhat. It has a airport and the nearest railhead is Jorhat railway station.

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Nice city

This place is my native place and I don't need to explain about. I love being at Jorhat, though the new markets are yet to come but still we are provided here with all sorts of things. It is in the upper Assam filled with nature. The famous Kaziranga National Park is in Jorhat.

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Jorhat Overview

History of Jorhat

Jorhat, located approximately 300 km away from Guwahati, is the second largest city of Assam. The name Jorhat comes from the amalgamation of two words ? 'Jor' which means 'two' and 'Hat' which means 'market'. The name comes from the 18th-century presence of two markets - Chowkhat and Machar Hat, which were located on either side of the Bhogdoi River. Apart from being a part of the Ahom Kingdom end, the city is known for its tea plantations. It also has the oldest tea research centre in the world in the form of the Tocklai Research Association. The city of Jorhat is often referred to as 'the cultural capital of Assam' because of the prevalent cultural diversities in the region. The historical significance of Jorhat lies in its being the 'last capital of the Ahom Kingdom.' King Gaurinath Singha was the last Ahom King to rule this place. Under the rule of the Ahoms and even before that, Jorhat was a thriving commercial and trading centre. However, continuous invasions by the Burmese from 1817 to 1824 wrecked the town and crippled its economy. It was not until the British Rule that the city saw its re-emergence as a commercial centre.

People and Culture of Jorhat

The modern Jorhat, although it has lost its commercial significance, is important as a cultural hub of the country. Many renowned artists and writers have emerged from Jorhat, one of them being Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya. Birendra was the first Assamese to win the Jnanpith Award, which is the highest literary honour of the country. The city has also been home to many influential educationists and ideologists like Krishna Kanta Handique. It also holds the distinction of being the most literate region of Assam, thanks to the presence of many schools and colleges in the region. Located at an elevation of 116 metres above sea level, tea plantation is the main agricultural activity of the city. There are as many as 135 tea gardens in Jorhat. Apart from tea, rice is a crop which is grown in large quantities here.

Things To Do in Jorhat

Along with being a cultural hub of Assam, Jorhat also has a few places of tourist interest which include the Thengal Bhawan, Raja Maidam, Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary and Dhekiakhowa Bor Namghar. The Dhekiakhowa Bor Namghar is the oldest and the most famous place of worship in Assam, which attracts a lot of tourists every year.