There are a number of tourist attractions in Jorhat, which are a must visit for the travelers coming to the city. For instance, there is Cinnamora Tea Estate, the first tea garden established in Assam, by Maniram Devan (in 1850 AD). Then, there is Purnananda Buragohain Maidam, located on the banks of the Sessa River, near Macharhat in Jorhat. It is dedicated to Purnananda Buragohain and was constructed by his son. Apart from these, numerous other tourist places in Jorhat attract visitors from far and wide. Let us explore them in detail.
Places to see in Jorhat
Jorhat is regarded as the nerve center of the tea industry of India. During the 1860s and 1870s, the entire city was gradually dotted with a number of tea gardens. Due to the dull and lonely life at the plantation sites, the planters decided to set up a club in the area. In 1876, the planters, led by the Superintendent of the Jorhat Tea Co. - J. Huttman, constructed a club and racecourse in the state.
Tocklai Tea Research Centre
Tocklai Tea Research Centre is one of the largest and the oldest tea research stations in the world, where research on all kinds of tea cultivation and processing is carried out. The centre was established in the year 1911 and has unfurled technological knowledge in tea from time to time.
Bangalpukhari is a tank located on the southern side of the Jorhat city, near Na-ali. The history of this tank dates back to the year 1739. In the Shravan month of this year, Badan Barphukan, an Ahom Governor known for his cruelty and tyranny, was murdered by Rupsingh Bangal. Barphukan had captured some Burmese soldiers and tortured them to the heights of brutality. For his act, Bangal was rewarded with money, which he utilized in constructing a tank. It was this tank which later became famous as the Bangalpukhari. The local people do not utilize the water from this tank, as it was excavated from the money received for killing a man.
Thengal Bhawan was constructed in the year 1880, by Raibahadur Shiva Prasad Barooah. He then started a weekly in the local language in 1929 from the Bhavan and later established a printing press and an office therein. He also started a daily newspaper called Dainik Batari with Bagmibar Nilamani Phukan as the editor-in-chief. This was the first daily newspaper in Assamese and also the first daily newspaper in any language published from a village in India.
Burigosain Devalay is an important Sakta Shrine located in the center of the Jorhat city. The image of Burigosain enshrined in the temple, along with the priest, was brought from Jayantiya and was first established at Rangpur. It was only later shifted to Jorhat, in Burigosain Devalay.
Raja Maidam is the vault of King Purandar Sinha, who died in October 1894. The maidam was constructed to preserve the remains (ashes) of the late king and is located on the south bank of Toklai River.
Lachit Borphukan’s Maidam
Lachit Borphukan was the greatest-ever Ahom General, who defeated the Mughals during the famous war at Saraighat (1672). Situated in Jorhat, the vault was built in order to honor this great warrior of 16th century.
Two miles east of the Jorhat city, near the Trunk road, is a big tank known as Kunwori Pukhuri. This tank was built by Parbatia Kunwori, who was the granddaughter of Sataialia Dilabandha Borgohain.
During the war between the Ahoms and the Moamarias, a huge embarkment was built to defend the former from their opponents. This extended from Seoni Ali to the Naga Hills. Seeing this, the Moamarias got awestruck and bewildered and the place also came to be known as the Bibuddhi Ghar.