Jorhat is a city of 70,000 in Assam. It was the capital of Ahom Kingdom.
The city of Jorhat is well connected by rail, road and air modes of transport.
For visitors, the most convenient way of reaching Jorhat is by air. The Jorhat Airport (IATA: JRH) is a fully operational airport, administered by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) with daily flights connecting to Kolkata. Connecting flights are also available from the rest of the country.
Railway is the next most convenient way to get to Jorhat. The main railway station is the Mariani junction, 17 km from the city centre, through which every train passes by (railway code:MXN). Important trains including Rajdhani Express and Brahmaputra Mail stop there. A loop line connects Mariani to Jorhat Town Station (railway code:JTTN). Only 2 numbers of long distance train running through Jorhat Town Station — namely, InterCity Express, and Janasatabdi Exp. — are connected to the state capital, Guwahati.
The National Highway No. 37 (NH37), running through the heart of Jorhat, connects the city to the airports of Dibrugarh (approximately 3 hours' drive) and Guwahati (approximately 6 hours' drive), respectively. The same National Highway also acts as a gateway to the neighbouring states of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, and Meghalaya.
Being in Jorhat means you are in the cultural center of the state of Assam. Geographically situated in the Upper Assam region, Jorhat has the historical city of Sivasagar (the former Ahom Dynasty's Capital) on one end of the district and the Kaziranga National Park on the other. Rented Taxi services (both pre-paid and post-paid) can be arranged from most hotels and lodges in the city. Daily Ferry Boats to the world's largest riverine island of Majuli can be boarded from Jorhat and most of those travel arrangements can be made straight from the city hotels.
- 1 Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary. Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary is an isolated protected area of evergreen forest located near Mariani in Jorhat district. The sanctuary is famous for the hoolock gibbons.
- 2 Jorhat Science Centre & Planetarium, Near Rajmao Pukhuri. This science centre cum planetarium provides the understanding of the solar system and recent discoveries of astrophysics.
- 3 Majuli Island. Majuli Island is a freshwater island located about 20km from Jorhat in the Brahmaputra River. The island is rich in both natural and cultural history. The bird life is particularly varied. The population of the island live primarily in the 23 villages on the island and are primarily tribal people. Coupled with some unique Hindu monasteries these features have resulted in Majuli Island being short listed for consideration for UNESCO World Heritage status.
Visit Kaziranga National Park located 96 km from Jorhat, a journey likely to take around two hours by road. The park is open from November to April.
The park covers some 430 sq km of varied terrain. The elephant grass, cane, forest and swamps offer a variety of habitats for the local wildlife. This includes the one horned rhino, wild buffalo, sambar deer and wild pig as well as a wide range of birds. The last tiger count suggests a park population of 86, the highest density population of tigers in India. However the lush jungle means visitors are by no means guaranteed a sighting of one of these magnificent creatures.
Safaris into the park can be arranged locally. In addition to jeep safaris elephant safaris on the working animals of the Indian Forestry Department are possible. However the jeep safaris allow the visitor to cover a larger portion of the park than is possible on an elephant.
- Ethnic handicrafts, of the north east and Assam are available in many shops in Jorhat.
- Local Shopping, Gar-Ali is the main shopping area of the city. Apart from Gar-Ali shops, Big Bazaar, Raaga, Sohum Shoppe, Vishal Mega Mart and Max Mart are other famous shopping outlets of Jorhat.
- Beijing Banquet, Thana Road. Chinese restaurant.
- Domino's Pizza, KB Road. Pizza restaurant.
- Hotel GK Palace, Gar Ali (near Jorhat Railway Station). Vegetarian restaurant.
- Hotel Janata Paradise, Solicitor's Road. Excellent place to taste traditional Assamese food in the form of a traditional "Assamese Thali".
- Jironi Restaurant, By pass Road.
- Nimantran Restaurant, Gar Ali. Famous for Assamese thalis.
- Saffron@The Manor, Tarajan, A.T. Road.
- Suresh Bhandar. (at Dohabara Chowk) It's also well worth tasting the sweets and special delicious "Dahi" (curd) here.
There are many good hotel restaurants as well.
- Heritage Hotel, Near ASTC Bus Stand, Solicitor's Road. Average hotel with well furnished rooms .
- Hotel Jora Palace, Raja Maidan Road. Excellent spacious rooms and nice food.
- Prashaanti Tourist Lodge, M. G. Road, Jorhat, ☎ 0376-2321579. , The lodge is operated by Department of Tourism and Assam Tourism Development Corporation Limited.
- Hotel Paradise, Solictor's Road. Gloomy reception but comfortable rooms. The restaurant serves excellent food. On a small lane signposted off the main street. The Jet Airways ticket office is on the 2nd floor. single ₹400/double ₹600/AC double ₹1000.
- Rishi Raj Hotel, Solictor's Road. A budget hotel located near the ASTC bus stand at Solictor's Road.
- Nandanguest house, Janapath Chandan Nagar. A budget clean homestay, the first established in Jorhat. Home cooked authentic food is served. 1200 per night for AC double room.
- Hotel New Park, Solictor's Road. Excellent spacious rooms and nice food.
- Hotel MD's Continental, Marwari Patty, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a luxury hotel located in the prime business location of Jorhat.
- Kaziranga Golf Resort, Sangsua Tea Estate, Gatonga, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. It is a beautiful golf resort located in a scenic tea estate.
- The Manor, A. T. Road, Tarajan, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Nice ambience at this boutique hotel, with quality food.
- Thengal Manor, Jalukanibari, Na Ali. Thengal Manor is 15 Kms. from Jorhat towards Titabor. It is a heritage house constructed in the year 1929 by Rai Bahadur Siva Prasad Barooah. Rooms ₹6500-₹7500.
Go east to Sivasagar, famous for the historical monuments of Ahom era.