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Jorhat

Tea plantation, Jorhat, Assam

Jorhat is one of the oldest centres of trade and commerce in Assam and gets its name from the two major markets it is built around ('jor' or 'jora' means two and 'haat' means market in Assamese). This fascinating destination was once the capital of the influential Ahom dynasty between 1228-1826. Picture yourself wandering amongst a blanket of green tea estates punctuated with colonial-style bungalows before exploring the bustling markets.

The Land of Tea

Jorhat is a tea lover’s paradise! Feast your eyes on around 130 spectacular emerald-green tea estates dotted around, growing world-famous Assam tea, which you can smell in the air. The perfect way to explore these tranquil estates is by taking a stroll through the gorgeous greenery. You’ll also find the renowned Teklai Experimental Centre in Jorhat, one of the largest tea research centres in the world.

Culture, sightseeing and wildlife

Assam is an interesting mix of busy markets, vibrant cultures, diverse tribal communities, and lively festivals. Sites of interest include Thengal Bhawan, where the first Assamese newspaper was released, the Raja Maidam vault where the ashes of King Purandar Sinha are preserved and the Dhekiakhowa Bornamghar, an ancient place of Assamese worship which is a big tourist draw. The Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is worth a visit to see hoolock gibbons,  native to northeast India. To get your shopping fix, head to Chowkihat and Macharhat, the two major markets the city is built around.

Exquisite Jewellery

Jorhat is a major hub for beautiful Assamese jewellery, made by local craftsmen using skills passed down from generation to generation. The most popular is the pure gold Ahom (Assamese) jewellery, with its signature slightly dull shine and filled with lac embedded with gemstones and gold leaf.

How to discover Jorhat with Authentic India Tours

You can visit Jorhat on our Assam Tea Gardens and Wildlife Discovery Tour or as part of your own bespoke Indian holiday. Contact our travel experts on 01792 315499 or email info@aitholidays.com