About 25 km from Jorhat, Shyamgaon is said to be one of the earliest Buddhist settlements in Assam. The popular tourist attraction near Jorhat has a peaceful environment making it ideal place for meditation and spiritualty. An old 'Balijan Buddhist Vihara', set amidst luxuriant greenery, serves six Buddhist villages in the vicinity. The Balijan shrine is already a major pilgrimage spot for Buddhists of the north-east. The village has a white statue of Shakyamuni Buddha that along with a gilded manuscript and silken gown was gifted in 1826 by a Burmese King to Buddhists who migrated here from Myanmar's Shan province. This village is mainly populated by the Khamyang people of Assam.