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Jorhat Tourism And Travel Guide
19.6° C / 67.4° F
November to March
1 to 2 Days
Tourism in Jorhat’s at its peak during March, followed by February and then August, during which time the flights and accommodation would be most expensive, which is best avoided with advance reservations. December’s rather dull so anyone looking to visit during this time is bound to get lucrative travel deals. There are a number of places to see that signify the city’s historic background as well as appreciate its picturesque beauty. From a wildlife sanctuary to historical monuments to temples and memorials, the city’s got ample tourist attractions, which this travel guide can help you get around.
How to Reach
The distance between New Delhi and Jorhat is approx. 2160km and one of the best ways to reaching Jorhat is to take a flight from New Delhi to Jorhat and then take a cab into Jorhat Town. The flight duration on this route is about 4 hours and 30 minutes at an estimated fare of INR 8,500. Flights operational in this sector include Indigo, Vistara and Air Asia.
Two of the most popular train stations that connect Jorhat to most metro cities are the Jorhat Town Station and the Rowrian Sdgare. There’s a train from New Delhi to Mariani Junction that takes approx. 35 hours to reach and then Jorhat’s just 18km by a cab ride from the station. The estimated train fare is INR 1,300 inclusive of transfers.
Since there are no direct buses to Jorhat, it is best to fly to Guwahati, if you’re looking at a road trip to Jorhat and then ride the bus. The driving distance between Guwahati and Jorhat is about 8 hours or so, with buses plying on the route thrice a day at an estimated fare of INR 550-800. You can board a Redbus for traveling to Jorhat Town.
Getting around the city of Jorhat is fairly easy with ample availability of local transportation, right from city buses that take you around to most of the major sites at pocket-friendly fares to hiring ricks. There are cabs also available to get in and around Jorhat with slightly higher fares, but a much comfortable journey, which you’d do with when you’re traveling/sightseeing.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Jorhat’s weather has warm temperatures and humidity for nearly half part of the year with a likelihood of rainfall in the other half. Comparatively less moderate and placed at 34% in terms of pleasant weather to the rest of the world, Jorhat’s hottest from July through September, with the mid of August being the warmest. The best time to visit Jorhat is between early November and Mid-March.
March through May witnesses combined levels of humidity and temperatures making the weather in the city rather warm. The average maximum temperature is about 32°C with a minimum of 28°C. During spring, rainfall’s significantly common with nearly 4 to 11 days of precipitation each month. Spring is also one of the best times to visit Jorhat if you’d like to engage in outdoor activities.
June through August experiences comfy weather with temperatures that make the climate quite warm. Rainfalls are intense with roughly 14 to 18 days of rain through the summers, making this season the second busiest time of the year when the town thrives on tourism. Most accommodation and lodging is hence, expensive unless booked in advance.
With an average high of 33°C to 28°C, autumn or fall in town is rather pleasant despite the humidity and owing to the wind levels. Rainfall’s restricted to either a day to 11 days in a month. The fall season also experiences slow incoming tourist traffic given the monsoons.
Winter is the best time of the year to visit Jorhat, as the weather’s relatively cooler and can be enjoyed by most warm weather travelers. The average temperature on the maximum side’s about 28°C, with an average chance of rain or snowfall at the least once a month. Winter is however slow in terms of incoming tourist traffic.
Things To Do
Nature & Wildlife:
Spanning nearly 20 sq.km of Assam’s Tropical & Wet Evergreen Rainforest, the Gibbon Sanctuary is one of the best places to be in, when it comes to exploring wildlife. Whether you decide to walk through the woodlands or take guided tours, it’d be a captivating and memorable experience of all kinds of travelers. The Sanctuary’s located deep inside a couple of tea plantations with about an hour or two’s nature trek. Home to the only Hoolock Gibbons in India, you can expect to see pig-tailed macaque, animals and bird species as well on the way.
Science Museum & Observatory:
A popular tourist attraction, the Jorhat Science Center and Observatory’s an ideal places for kids and adults alike to get familiar with scientific facts and technological developments. The museum also houses a planetarium with a virtual reality experience on offer via shows through the day.
Fun & Entertainment:
Located at Baruah Chariali, the Fun Fiesta is a family entertainment center that offers different virtual reality games that you can enjoy within a group or with your family as well. In addition to some exciting & fun games, it also has escape room games. Then, there’s a Children’s Park, the only park for Kids in Jorhat, situated in the JB College close to the Mahatma Gandhi Stadium with varied play amenities for the kids. This small-sized but popular park’s established right in the heart of the city and a welcome hangout for the kids and their parents.
Where To Eat
Assamese cuisine differs from the usual blend of spicy and rich Indian Food, in the sense that the spices used in their cuisine are a simple mix that require little cooking and are relatively natural. There’s a healthy mix of traditional sweets with the popular Assamese Thali that you shouldn’t miss with Pitika, Laksa, Tenga, Khar and Poitbhat as some of the leading delicacies. You also have a variety of Continental, Chinese and North Indian Dishes you can explore here. Saffron at AT Road is excellent for dinner options while the Meridian Restaurant at Mithapukhuri Road is known for its quick service, then there’s Belle Amies at Garali Road, known for its baked goodies and the Little South at the Basantbora Complex, for delicious South Indian Dishes.
Where To Shop
The town’s main retail area is Garh Ali, which is located right in the heart of the city. It is situated on a busy road with a historic connection and shops all around, with neighboring restaurants and other stores. Being one of the largest commercial and agricultural towns in the state, Jorhat’s main shopping outlets are spread throughout the city in areas like the Chowk Bazar, Babbu Patty, Marwari Patty, Rupahi Ali, Balibat and Kachori Gali, etc. If you’re on the lookout for brands and premium quality products then there are some shopping arcades and malls also, in addition to different packets of flavored tea as souvenirs on your return.