Haflong is a picturesque hill station of Assam perched at a height of 680 m above the sea level. The only hill station in Assam, this flawlessly beautiful place is simply mesmerizing and interesting. It is also the only hill station in Assam with chilly winds, beautiful landscape of the valley with rolling green hills and the Blue Mountains. The clouds hang low gently rolling you into the surrounding mist. The place so beautiful that you might as well breathlessly wish you could see such beauty everyday. It is also the home to rare species of birds and many unique orchids. The most interesting place near Haflong is Jatinga Valley, known for the strange phenomenon of birds’ suicide.
Located in the Dima Hasao district of Assam, the place is the home to the ethnic Dimasa tribe along with Jeme-Naga, Hmar, Kuki, Biate, Hrangkhol, Khelma, Jaintia, Karbi and Vaiphei. The word ‘Haflong’ literally means ‘White Ant Hillock’ in the native Dimashi dialect. The verdant mountains and the cool environment along with the beautiful lakes and historically important buildings make the place an excellent destination in Assam. Visit Haflong and appreciate the beautiful canvas of nature.
Things to do in Haflong:
Visit the Haflong Lake
The Lake is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes in Assam. You can just sit beside the picturesque lake for long hours enjoying the beauty of the place. You can also watch the sunset by the lake. And if you want, go for boating at the lake.
Visit the Panimoor Waterfalls
The Panimoor waterfall is120 km away. It is one of the most gorgeous waterfalls in Assam formed by the River Kopili. The place is a sacred site of the Dimasa tribe.
Visit the mysterious Jatinga Valley
Jatinga is an interesting destination that witnesses a mysterious phenomenon of birds’ suicide every year. Every year from August to November, Jatinga attracts a lot of ornithologists from around the world to witness this mystery. A number of birds are dying due to mysterious reasons. Now that scientists have deciphered this surprising phenomenon, yet Jatinga remains an intriguing place for its visitors.
Explore the rich culture of Maibong
Maibong is located just 45 km from Haflong in the hilly region of the Mahur River. You should make it a point to visit Maibong when you are in Haflong. Maibong was also the medieval capital of the Dimacha Kachari Kingdom from 1536 AD onwards. Later, the kingdom shifted to Dimacha when under the command of King Siuhungmung Tai. The town has many monuments and architecture dating back to the 12th century. The monolithic Ramchandi Temple is one such place that could wow its visitors.
The place is a treasure trove for the birding enthusiasts. Many amazing migratory birds that visit the lake and the water bodies in Haflong. Birds like Amur Falcon, Tiger Bittern and many other birds often flock to the town as well as Jatinga. On your visit, do not miss the opportunity to see these beautiful birds.
Visit the Borail Wildlife Sanctuary
For quenching your thirst of wildlife in Assam, visit the Borail Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is the home to Himalayan Black Bear, Clouded Leopards, among birds, White-backed Vulture, and pheasants. The sanctuary is only 40 km from Silchar town.
Adventure sports for all the adventure enthusiasts
Besides being a nature hub, Haflong also happens to the one-stop destination in Assam for the adventure junkies. Around 18 km from the place, Neikul village is a great destination for trekking. The place with the vast expanse of the green valleys is also a great spot for paragliding.
One of the quaint villages of Dima Hasao district of Assam, the major attraction of the place is the Presbyterian Church. it is the largest church in the district and its beautiful architecture is accentuated by the surrounding landscape.
Visit the Ethnic Village
The Ethnic Village has been developed by the Dima Hasao Tourism across acres of land to showcase the various ethnic tribes of the region. There are huts of the different tribes built across the village that can give you a peek into the life of the tribes. Walk across the paddy fields and enjoy the natural beauty of the village.
How to reach Haflong:
The place is 85 km from Silchar and 345 km from Guwahati. From Dimapur, the distance is 202 km.
The nearest airport is Guwahati or Dimapur.
Haflong is well connected with Guwahati with daily bus services. There is also a direct train from Guwahati to New Haflong station. You will also get trains from Silchar.
From Dimapur, you can take a train to Lumding. Haflong is well connected with Lumding with buses running in the morning to around 9 AM. After that, you can get Tata Sumos all day long.
Ideal Time to visit Haflong:
October to April is the best time to visit.