Sukapha Samannay Kshetra in a memorial built in the memory of Sukapha, the first Ahom king of Assam. The Sukapha Samannay Kshetra is situated near Mohbandha near Jorhat and Dergaon. Sukapha was the founder of the Ahom kingdom which continued to exist for nearly six hundred years.
A Thai prince, Sukapha came to the region crossing the Patkai range. He is the main person who initiated the unification of the tribal and the non-tribal people of the region. The Sukaphas Samannay Kshetra was built as an attempt to highlight and preserve the remarkable leadership of Sukapha. There are thus several things of interest to be seen at the Sukapha Samannay Kshetra.
Currently, an excavation project is operational at the site. The excavation site is being carried on to find any possible remains of the Ahom kingdom. To reach the Sukapha Samannay Kshetra, tourists can easily find tourist cabs, auto rickshaws and city buses.
Lachit Borphukan is regarded as the greatest Ahom general and in his memory the magnificent Lachit Borphukan maidam was built. The Lachit Borphukan Maidam was built to honour the 16th century warrior who was also the only Ahom warrior to ever defeat the mighty Mughals.
Lachit Borphukan had valiantly fought against the Mughals at Saraighat in the year 1672 and emerged victorious. A year after the war, he passed away, and it was then that the maidam was constructed. Swargadeo Udayaditya Singha had constructed the maidam where Lachit Borphukan’s remains were eventually laid.
The maidam is exactly located at Gohain Gaon of Meleng Hulungapar and is about 8 km from the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary. A visit to Lachit Borphukan’s maidam is like being transported back to the glorious days of Ahom rule. The maidam which is still colourfully decorated is an apt reminder of the Ahom rule.
Counted among the most important sites in Jorhat, the Raja Maidam is the vault that lies on the south banks of Tocklai river. The Raja Maidam was used to cremate King Purandar Sinha who passed away on 1st October, 1894. The Raja Maidam was primarily constructed to preserve the ashes of the late king, but today it is also a reminder of the glorious days of the great Ahom king.
Similar to the other maidams in Jorhat, the Raja Maidam sees a hugh number of visitors every year mainly because of its brush with history. The maidam is beautifully maintained, and the vault is majestic in its own distinctive way.
The Raja Maidam is very conveniently located in the centre of Jorhat town. Thus for tourists who do not know the way to the vault can easily find public transport vehicles. While on a visit to Jorhat, Raja Maidam should be visited.
The Hollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is the only wildlife sanctuary in India which is home to the hillock gibbon, the only gibbon found in the country. The small wildlife sanctuary is spread across 20.98 km, and many animals and birds live here.
In the Hollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, tourists can catch a glimpse of the Bengal slow loris, elephants, tigers, leopards, pangolins, pig-tailed macaque, Assamese macaque, stump tailed macaque, rhesus macaque and capped langurs.
Bird watching is also one of the common activities here. Several kinds of migratory and resident birds can be seen in the sanctuary such as the Indian pied horn bill, osprey, hill myna and the kalij pheasant.
The Hollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is commonly called the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located about 20 km from Jorhat town. The sanctuary has a small rest house that can be booked in advance. The best time to visit is between October and February.
The Cinnamora Tea Estate is the first tea garden of Assam which is famous for its tea. The Cinnamora tea estate started functioning in the year 1850. The tea estate was set up by Maniram Dewan. Maniram Dewan worked as a sirastadar of an assistant commissioner attached under the British government posted at Jorhat.
The Cinnamora tea estate is located within 10 km from the Jorhat city centre. The picturesque tea garden is ravishing green during the peak harvest seasons. It is a treat to walk on the narrow lanes bounded by short tea bushes.
If you want to learn how tea is harvested, the Cinnamora Tea Estate is one of the ideal places to learn it. With happy and welcoming tea workers, talking to them and learning more isn’t difficult. To reach the tea garden, tourists can hire cabs from Jorhat city centre or even take the public transport buses available at regular intervals.
Bilvesvar Shiva Temple is another major tourist destination on the outskirts of the town of Jorhat. This ancient temple is located on the South Trunk Road, in the northern part of the district. It is actually around 35 km away from Jorhat City, on the National Highway 37.
Thousands of locals and tourists visit this temple round the year. A holy tank built by Rucinath Burgohain is present in this temple. The tank adds to the beauty of the temple which is one of the biggest places of worship among the locals.
This temple throws light into the religious beliefs of the Ahom dynasty and its subjects. The architecture of this temple has distinct resemblance to other religious structures that were built during the hey days of the Ahom kingdom.
Chandrakanta Handique Bhavan serves as the headquarters of the Assam Sahitya Sabha. The office was founded in 1926 in memory of Radhakanta Handique and was donated by him. The Chandrakanta Handique Bhavan is regarded as the symbol of literary excellence, the city is known for.
The Chandrakanta Handique Bhavan has not only served as the headquarters of the Assam Sahitya Sabha but has immensely contributed to the development and spread of Assamese literature. Many luminary writers have been at the realm of affairs here. Names such as Dimbeswar Neog, Chandradhar Baruah and Mitradev Mahanta are closely associated with the Sabha.
A visit to the Chandrakanta Handique Bhavan gives tourists a glimpse of the literary superiority of the state as a whole with special emphasis on Jorhat’s cultural circuit. The Chandrakanta Handique Bhavan can be reached easily from any part of the city by public transport or hired vehicles.
The Tocklai Tea Research Centre is the oldest tea research institution in the world. It was established in the year 1911 with the aim to conduct scientific tea research for enhancing the productivity and quality of tea. In the last hundred years, it has established itself as one of the leading research centres in the world.
The overall tea production in the north east has increased from 234 million kg in 1951 to about 669 million kg in 1998 as a result of the impeccable research done by the institute over the years.
Currently, there are eight departments in the Tocklai Tea Research Centre that focus on botany, agronomy, soil, plant protection, engineering, biochemistry and manufacturing technology, statistics and agricultural economics and tea tasting.
The Tocklai Tea Research Centre is located on the Club Road and is easily accessible by public transport. Tourists can get a glimpse of how tea research is done in this part of the world.
The Gymkhana Club is one of the oldest reminders of the British presence in Jorhat. In the year 1876 the Gymkhana Club was officially inaugurated as a recreation centre for the British managing the tea estates in and around Jorhat. The first asphalt road in Jorhat was laid here that connected the city centre to the club.
The Gymkhana Club has a 9-hole golf course and is the oldest golf course in Asia and the third oldest in the world. In fact, today the authorities are trying to include the Gymkhana Club in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Apart from the lush green golf course, there are other sports facilities in the club such as lawn tennis, billiards and polo. A swimming pool, a gentleman’s bar and a theatre complete the infrastructure of the club. Every year the C.K. Naidu Under-19 Indian Cricket Tournament is played here.
Bangalpukhari is a famous water reservoir situated near Na-ali in Jorhat. An interesting incident is associated with the construction of the tank and people still remember the incident in Jorhat. In 1739, Rupsingh Bangal killed an Ahom governor Badan Barphukan. Barphukan acted like a tyrant and was said to torture Burmese soldiers and the people of Assam. Seeing all this, on the Sravana month of Saka, Rupsingh Bangal killed Barphukan while he was going to take a bath.
Bangal was awarded money for his act of bravery, and he used this money to build the Bangalpukhar. However, the water from the tank was never used by the people as they believed that the tank was built using the money to kill a person. The locals believe that using the water will bring them bad luck. However, even though the tank remains unused it has become a popular tourist destination in Jorhat.
Thengal Bhavan is the office from where the first Assamese newspaper was published. Thengal Bhavan is located at Jalukonibari in Titabor, a neighbouring town of Jorhat. Thengal Bhavan happens to be the first daily newspaper in the Assamese language as well as the first regional newspaper ever to be published from a remote village of India.
Thengal Bhavan was built by Raibahadur Shiva Prasad Barooah in 1880. In 1929, Barooah started publishing a weekly Assamese newspaper. Later he converted the weekly newspaper into a daily one. The name of the newspaper was ‘Dainik Batari’. While Barooah was the owner, Bagmibar Nilamani Phukan was the editor.
To reach Thengal Bhavan, tourists can hire a taxi and travel to Titabor. Public transport buses to Titabor are also available. Titabor is about 20 km from Jorhat, and it takes about 30 minutes on road.
Burigosain Devalay is a renowned temple in Jorhat. It is located in the city centre and highly revered by people from all over the region as well as tourists. The main deity of the temple is Burigosain. An idol of a priest is also to be found in the shrine. It is believed that both the idols were brought from Jayantiya and first established in Rangpur and later moved to its present location.
The idols were shifted from Rangpur to Jorhat when the Ahoms shifted their capital to Jorhat. The Burigosain Devalay is a shrine dedicated to the Shakta sect that engaged in tantric worship. Since the Burigosain Devalay is centrally located, it is very easy to locate the temple. Moreover, it is near the Jorhat railway station. If tourists are staying in other parts of the city, they can simply book an auto rickshaw or a cab to reach the temple.
Purnananda Buragohain Maidam is a graveyard where the remains of Purnananda Buragohain were cremated. He was the person who had established his kingdom at Macharhat. The Purnananda Buragohain Maidam is located about 5 km from the Jorhat city centre on the way to Sibsagar. The Maidam was built by the son of Purnananda Buragohain in the year 1817.
Today the Purnananda Buragohain Maidam is counted among the historic sites of Jorhat and sees throngs of people visiting the site every year. The maidam is not only historic but also beautifully built that highlights the glory of the deceased king.
Maidams are very common in Assam, and they serve not only as a revered spot where a person is cremated but also as a place where the memories and the glories of the person will forever be remembered. It is very easy to reach the Purnananda Buragohain Maidam as it is close to the city centre.
Kunwari Pukhuri is a grand tank located on the outskirts of the town of Jorhat and a popular destination for the tourist. The tank draws its name from Parbatia Kunwori, the granddaughter of the Ahom king, Sataialia Dilabandha Borgohain who is said to have constructed the tank.
Garh Ali is a historic site in Jorhat, also a shopping destination for souvenirs of Ahom culture . Garh Ali was constructed during the Ahom reign when the Ahoms were in war against the Moamarias. Garh Ali is a large embankment that extends from Seoni Ali right up to the Naha Hills. The purpose of building this embankment was to protect the Ahom kingdom from external threat.
Garh Ali is also known as the Bibuddhi Ghar as there are confusing pathways along this historic site. It is also believed that when the Moamarias tried to attack Jorhat, they got bewildered seeing the embankment and thus the place got the name of Bibuddhi Ghar.
Today Garh Ali serves as the main marketplace of Jorhat. Tourists can find interesting memoirs relating to the Ahom culture in the shops here. The narrow and congested streets that make up the commercial hub at Garh Ali are worth a visit.