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Haflong and Jatinga

Tucked way at an altitude of 700 meters, Haflong, in Assam, is a cloud caressed, quaint hill station still unaffected by the stampede of modern life. Haflong is known for its pristine beauty, which is defined by the unique Blue Vanda Orchid that has earned Haflong the sobriquet of “the land of blue hills”.


An untouched natural abode of undulating hills and valleys, gently flowing streams and waterfalls, forests redolent with the fragrance of orchids, Haflong is an enchanting hill station in Assam; it is nestled around the picturesque Haflong Lake which mirrors the Borail range hills.
The main language spoken here is Dimisa and in Dimisa Haflong means “White Ant hillock”. The sleepy town is centered around the market that wakes up on Saturday for the weekly market.
The town is around 85 km from Silchar and 345 km from Guwahati. Haflong is often referred to as the Land of Blue Hills as it boasts a plethora of Blue Vanda, a four inch blue colour orchid. The nearby hills are completely covered with this unique blue orchid, creating a spectacular bluish hue.
Lie down and look at the stars in the night, rise early to trek in the nearby small forest for bird watching; visit the market to taste the local brew and the famous Haflong oranges and pineapples. Haflong is the elusive elixir to re-invigorate your energy.
The ideal time to visit Haflong is during October to April. During this time not even a single patch of parched land can be seen, as the place becomes incredibly green with several species of flowers and fruits growing in abundance.  Other attractions include exciting trekking in Borail Hills, watching the traditional dances of the Tribals and a visit to the Orchid Garden.

Situated at 9 km south of Haflong, the small village of Jatinga in the North Cachar Hills is famous throughout India because of the so – called Bird Mystery which is played out every autumm.

At the end of monsoon months, mysterious behavior of birds takes place. During moonless and foggy dark nights between 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., flying birds come crashing to the ground with no prior warning whatsoever.
While the bird mystery happens to be the primary attraction of Jatinga valley, Jatinga is also famous for its delicious oranges and pineapples, and natural splendor.

Jatinga  Steam Safari :
The Jatinga Steam Safari has been promoted by the Northeast Frontier Railway; it runs from Halflong to Maibong to enable tourists to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Lumding – Badarpur hill section - one of the most spectacular mountain rail lines in India . As part of the erstwhile Assam Bengal Railway, this line was linked with Chittagong (now in Bangladesh). The construction of the line was started in 1899 and was a major technical feat due to the tricky hilly nature of the terrain and the impenetrable thick bamboo jungles.


Located at a distance of 9 km to the south of Haflong, lies a beautiful forest valley and a mysterious, little known place called Jatinga. This place is known for its unusual behavioral tendencies of migratory birds committing suicide by flying into fires lit by the villagers. Between August and November this tragic occurrence takes place in moonless misty nights between 7pm to 10 pm. Flying birds come crashing to the ground with no prior warning whatsoever. The local tribals used to think this natural phenomenon to be evil spirits trying to terrorize them. This phenomenon occurs on many species of birds including Tiger Bittern, Little Egret, Pond Heron, Indian Pitta and Kingfisher all being affected. However recent studies indicates that during heavy rains and floods the natural habitat of the birds get submerged in the water. This results in the birds searching for a safer place. They arrive in large numbers at Jatinga crest also known for its unusual electro-magnetic characteristics, which probably contributes to the nervous system of the birds; this results in their complete disorientation and they fly into the fires lit by the villagers. Modern studies have indicated that the traumatized birds actually do not land in the fire. They land near the fire and are then beaten to death by the villagers. Conservation groups and wildlife officials have taken steps to creating awareness in the illiterate villagers leading to significant decrease in the number of birds being killed in recent times.
Haflong Lake
Haflong lake located at the heart of the hill station is the largest natural water body of Assam.
Located on the bank of the river Mahur and 53 km from Haflong. Maibang once flourished as the capital of Dimasa, kachari Kingdom. Stone house & temple of Kachari king & other ruins of the kingdom are the main attractions of the place.
Nearby places Train stations Airports
BORJHAR 345 Km 05H 28m
Guwahati 328 Km 05H 08m
Lower Haflong 3 Km 00H 04m
Lumding Junction 111 Km 01H 45m
Nearby major cities
Name Distance Duration
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Best Seasons
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Season Min. Temp. Max. Temp.
Summer 15 °C 28 °C
Winter 10 °C 22 °C
Haflong has a pleasant weather almost throughout the year. The average mean maximum temperature of the place varies from 24° C to 30° C, whereas the mean minimum temperature lies between 10° C and 14° C. Rainfall starts from the month of May and extends till the end of September; but it is not distributed evenly throughout the place. The ideal time to visit Haflong is from October to April, which is also the winter season for the place.

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