Jorhat is a city of 70,000 in Assam. It was the capital of Ahom Kingdom.
The city of Jorhat is well connected by rail, road and air modes of transport.
For visitors, the most convenient way of reaching Jorhat is by air. The Jorhat Airport (JRH IATA) is a fully operational airport, administered by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
Railway is the next most convenient way to get to Jorhat. The main railway station is the Mariani junction, 17 km from the city centre, through which every train passes by (railway code:MXN). Important trains including Rajdhani Express and Brahmaputra Mail stop there. A loop line connects Mariani to Jorhat Town Station (railway code:JTTN). Only long-distance trains run through Jorhat Town Station — namely, InterCity Express, and Janasatabdi Exp. — are connected to the state capital, Guwahati.
The National Highway No. 37 (NH37), running through the heart of Jorhat, connects the city to the airports of Dibrugarh (approximately a three-hour drive) and Guwahati (approximately a six-hour drive), respectively. The same National Highway also acts as a gateway to the neighbouring states of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya.
The historical city of Sivasagar (the former Ahom Dynasty’s capital) is on one end of the district and the Kaziranga National Park on the other. Rented taxi services (both pre-paid and post-paid) can be arranged from most hotels and lodges in the city. Daily ferry boats to the world’s largest fluvial island (Majuli) can be boarded from Jorhat and most of those travel arrangements can be made straight from the city hotels.
- 1 Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary. Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary is an isolated protected area of evergreen forest located near Mariani in Jorhat district. The sanctuary is famous for the Hoolock gibbons.
- 1 Jorhat Science Centre & Planetarium, Near Rajmao Pukhuri. This science centre cum planetarium provides the understanding of the solar system and recent discoveries of astrophysics.
- 1 Majuli Island. Majuli Island is a freshwater island located about 20km from Jorhat in the Brahmaputra River. The island is rich in both natural and cultural history. The bird life is particularly varied. The population of the island live primarily in the 23 villages on the island and are primarily tribal people. Coupled with some unique Hindu monasteries these features have resulted in Majuli Island being short listed for consideration for UNESCO World Heritage status.