Jorhat is 84 km beyond Kaziranga, the gateway to the north-east of Assam. It is famous for its sprawling tea gardens. It is the nerve center of the tea industry. It has the world-renowned Teklai Experimental Centre. Research is carried out to find new varieties of tea and also the therapeutic effects of green tea. Regional Research Laboratory which is situated here investigates plants, herbs, and soil. There are also other organizations such as Assam Agricultural University, Technical School, etc. From Jorhat, one may visit Majuli, the largest island on the Brahmaputra. In Majuli, there are numerous satras or monasteries. 60 km away from Jorhat, lies Nambiar Forest reserve which is famous for being a rejuvenating hot spring. Further 90 km down, one comes across Dimapur (in Nagaland), once the seat of Cachar Kingdom.
Places to See in Jorhat
The Satras: The Vaishnava Satras were founded by Sankardeva, the father of Assamese culture. The historic and auspicious 'Manikanchan Sanjog' was the first Satra in Majuli. Subsequently, 65 satras grew which propagated the ethnic and sociocultural ideals. At present, there are only 22 Satras in Majuli and rest have been shifted to other safer places due to flood and erosion. These Satras are the treasure house of 'Borgeet', Matiakhara, Jumora dance, Chali dance, Noyau dance, Nande Vringee, Sutradhar, Ozapali, Apsara dance, Satria Krishna dance, Dasavater dance, etc. which were contributed by Shri Shanjerdeva.
Dakhinpat Satra: Dakhinpat Satra was founded by Banamalidev, an exponent of Raasleela, which is now observed as one of the State festivals of Assam.
Garamurh Satra: This Satra was founded by Lakshmikantdeva. During Autumn end traditional Raasleela is performed with great enthusiasm. Some ancient weapons are also preserved here.
Auniati Satra: Founded by Niranjan Pathakdeva, this satra is famous for 'Paalnaam' and Apsara dance and it also has a considerable collection of old Assamese utensils, jewelry, and handicrafts.
Kamalabari Satra: Kamalabari Satra founded by Bedulapadma Ata is a center of art, culture, literature, and classical studies. Its branch Uttar Kamalabari Satra has performed a cultural program of Satria art in several states of India and abroad.
Bengenaati Satra: It is a storehouse of culturally important antiques and an advanced center of performing arts. Muraridev, the grandson of Shankaradeva's stepmother, had founded the SSwargadeoatra. The royal robes belong to the Ahom king Swargadeo Gadadhar Singha, made of Gold and an umbrella which is also made of gold, are preserved here.