Jorhat makes a perfect blend of colonial architecture, Ahom heritage and abundance of nature. Besides being the last capital of Ahom dynasty, Jorhat is also a favourite destination for tea tourism, thanks to the majestic British era bungalows amid the greens. Here are a few must visit tourist attractions of Jorhat:
Sukapha Samannay Kshetra (15 km)
Samannay Kshetra was built in the memory of Chaolung Sukaphaa, the first Ahom king in medieval Assam. The place showcases splendid architecture and offers a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of the Ahom kingdom.
Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary (15 km)
Formerly known as Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary has the densest gibbon population in Assam. It is home to hollock gibbon, stump-tailed macaque, eastern Assamese macaque, capped langur, jungle cats, wild boar, Bengal slow loris, etc. Along with different species of birds and reptiles, the sanctuary is filled with several hollong and nahar (Indian rose chestnut) trees.
Cinnamora Tea Estate (10 km)
Set up by the first Indian commercial tea planter Maniram Dewan in 1850, Cinnamora Tea Estate is the first tea garden of Assam. With lush green surroundings, Cinnamora is quite popular with the tourists owing to its rich heritage.
Thengal Bhavan (13 km)
A colonial bungalow which was later turned into a heritage hotel, Thengal Bhavan was a witness to the launch event of Dainik Batori, the first daily newspaper in Assamese language. Be it having a relaxed time in the lap of nature or soaking the beauty of colonial-era furniture, the bungalow is a must visit for all.
Lachit Maidam (16 km)
It is the burial site of the great Ahom general Lachit Borphukan. Known for his valour and strong leadership, Bophukan played a pivotal role in Ahoms’ victory over Mughals in the Battle of Saraighat in 1671.
Other nearby destinations from Jorhat:
• Kaziranga National Park (113 km)
• Majuli river island (45 km)
• Kakochang waterfall (68 km)