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Things To Do In Jorhat
Jorhat is a family tourist destination with February, November and December the most opportune times to visit. Of the 36 tourist attractions here, most sites are best explored any time of the day and typically all tours are either ½ day or full day long. Most visitors usually visit Jorhat for 2-3 days with a couple of side trips. The city has some really unique activities to indulge in and places to see and is closely situated to the Kaziranga National Park, as a result of which many visitors flock the city. With a variety of tourist attractions, historic monuments, scenic marvels and local delicacies, Jorhat continues to charm its visitors.
116 meters above the sea level is the Kakochang Waterfalls, one of the most popular ones in the state of Assam, also known as Kakojan. Located in the anonymous Bokakhat woodlands, the waterfalls have a beautiful view for its visitors and are considered a great spot for picnics with the remnants of the ancient Numaligarh that can found here as well. You can easily spend a couple of hours here post the monsoon period, with neighboring scenic views of the Hathkuli, Behora Borchapori, Difanu & Methoni Gardens, encompassed with coffee plantations and rubber. The waterfall embodies clear water that cascades down the hill, gathering into a gushing pond giving off a mystique aura and captivating view.
The Jorhat Gymkhana Club is actually a venue for sports that primarily centers around lawn tennis, billiards, horse racing, swimming, polo and has facilities like grass courts, pools, a gentleman’s bar and a movie theater. As old as the British reign, the club was established in 1876 and has since then been the venue for the Governer’s Cup each year, with horse racing events for nearly 140 years. The club was so built as there wasn’t any place available for the British or the locals for recreational events then. You can also enjoy the under-19 Tournament for Cricket here.
Home to varied species of animals that include the Indian Rhinoceros, Tigers, Monkeys, Deer, Apes, Rabbits, and the bird species, Molai Forest also popular as ‘one-man forest’ is located on the Majuli Island in Jorhat. The forest was solely managed by Jadav Payeng, an environmental activist & forest worker for nearly 30 years. Spanning 1,360 acres, this forest reserve has also served as a site for several movies and documentaries. Right by the banks of River Brahmaputra, the forest receives nearly 100 elephants each year transitioning here for nearly half the year. The forest also has a variety of trees like Valcol, Pride of India, Arjun, Cotton Trees, the Silk Trees, Bamboo, Moj, Delonix Regia and the Royal Poinciana. You can look forward to spending time here soaking in the captivating scenery or take a trek around the river island.
Gazpur was originally established to keep the elephants, however, today its in shambles. Founded by the King who asked his soldiers to bring about 1000 captured elephants here to celebrate the establishment of his new city - Hatigarh, the spot is a popular tourist attraction despite its regrettable past. Later the city’s name was changed to Gazpur. As it was difficult to place the elephants here, the site has some rare to none of the glorious animals here but is still a must-see spot.
Sukhapa Samannay Kshetra
Established as a memorial in honor of Sukhapa, Assam’s first Ahom King, the Sukhapa Samannay Kshetra was placed near Mohbandha, Jorhat & Dergaon. The site was established in pursuit of featuring and safeguarding the king’s reign and has a number of significant artifacts on display. Assam’s administration has assured over 20cr. for the project re Sukhapa Samannay Kshetra to honor 600 years of the Ahom Regime. Even though the monument was built in 2007, it was opened for visitors only later owing to its large-scale construction. The cultural site is quite similar to Guwahati’s Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra.
Jorhat Science Center & Planetarium
Established by the Science & Technology Division in partnership with the National Council of Science Museum, the Jorhat Science Center & Planetarium is located near Rajmao Pukhuri and is one of the first science centers where you can view the stars and enjoy their introduction in three different languages. Equipped with a variety of science model displays, a planetarium show, one of the most striking features of the centre is a dome-shaped screen where the stars, planets and other celestial objects are shown and appear realistic, with data logging, enhanced data mapping and astronomical planetary movement.
Kokilamukh Picnic Spot
A renowned picnic spot and tourist attraction right by the riverbank of Brahmaputra, the Kokilamukh Picnic Spot comes with an ancient past, where the last of the Ahom Kings, Chandra Kanta Singha was conquered by the Burmese, while another King made a road along the river between Dergaon & Garhgaon, that touched Kokilamuk. Later in 1912, a ferry service was also initiated by the British from the Kokilamukh Ghat. Located 11km from the city’s center, this beautiful village isn’t accessible easily though and is best accessed with a private means of transport.
Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary
A fenced area, the Hoollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is a significant tourist attraction located about 19kms off the district of Jorhat and plays an important role in safeguarding the primate species, with sightings of the Bengal slow loris and the hoolock gibbons. There are a number of rare species that attract tourists from far and wide, in addition to the tigers, wild boards, jungle cats, civets & squirrels, capped langurs, Assamese Macaque, different mammal species, an assortment of evergreen trees, herbs and shrubs as well. There are different species of birds here as well that include the red jungle fowl, spotted dove, the Kalij Pheasant and the Drongo cuckoo. There are different tea plantations neighboring the sanctuary as a geographic barrier for the animals, with a variety of bamboo, canes, ferns and orchids to enrich the reserve as well.
Cinnamora Tea Estate
Assam’s main tea garden is renowned for its tea and was created by Maniram Dewan in Jorhat. Located 10km from the city’s downtown area, the scenic plantation is charmingly green and is a visual treat, when passed by in a leisurely stroll, surrounded by short shrubs as well. You will also be greeted warmly by the tea workers who enjoy interacting with visitors and taking them around. The Cinnamora Tea Estate is an ideal place to get to know more about cultivating & harvesting tea bushes.
A popular monastery, located on a country road, 11km to the east of Kamalabari, at the Majuli Island and a significant centre affiliated to Vaishnavism in Assam, the Samaguri Satra is an important hub for classical studies, art, culture and varied works of art & masking crafts. With a history of exquisite artistry, the place is renowned for the ancient art of mask making the most. The conventional dance masks are usually made of cloth, bamboo, paints and cow dung. Some tiny masks are also sold as keepsakes here.