Stretching northeast from Guwahati along the valley, Assam
penetrates the complex Brahmaputra watersheds at the eastern
extremity of the Himalayas, in the area known as Upper Assam. Jorhat
is the main centre for the region, with an airport and road
connections, and acts as the gateway to Kaziranga, Nagaland and
northern Arunachal Pradesh. Although not particularly attractive to
tourists in itself, Jorhat makes a good base for exploring the
unique Vaishnavite culture of Majuli, the largest river island in
the world. North of Jorhat lies Sibsagar, former capital of the
Ahoms and home to numerous tombs, temples and palaces.
Jorhat, 310-km east of Guwahati, has research establishments
dedicated to the tea industry. A tea research centre is established
at Chinnamara, 5-km away from Jorhat. Annual tea festival in Jorhat
is another attraction, along with temple of Buri Gohani, British
imperial mementos, the hanging platform to hang Freedom Fighters in
front of the jail and many others.