Haflong

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Took the 7 a.m. 55616 Silchar - Guwahati passenger and got off at New Haflong. Needless to say, absolutely loved the town. I had spent a month in Tripura before and in Haflong it felt as if I was trult back in the mountains again. Rolling hills, mist, fog, rain, spectacular clouds, some nice architecture and atmospheric markets, tribal food, this was the whole deal.

I spent 2 days of (relative) luxury at The Landmark Hotel and then, since I liked the town and wanted to spend more time, went to the lovely Nothao lodge (700 Rs. for a single bed room with attached western toilet and hot water). Stayed a week here wandering around the town and take in the views. Some of the best views are from the Circuit House compound where you get to look at the railway tracks below. I loved the peace and quiet of the area around the Presbyterian Church and Synod School as well. There are some decent views of the town from there.

I didn't do much at all in Haflong other than stroll around and take the usual street and landscape shots I take. Could have gone to Maibang to see the stone house but public transport was a bit of a hassle. Didn't want to pay 2000 Rs. plus for a round trip to the village. The train goes there but the transport back can be a bit iffy. Didn't go to Jatinga either because I'm not a big fan of watching birds die. Haflong itself had plenty in it for me for a week. So just chilled out, people watched, relaxed and took photos.
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Haflong is a hill station in Assam ?

Lovely pics.
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post Haflong is a hill station in Assam ?

Lovely pics.
Yup, the only one in Assam.

And thank you
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By not telling us why birds die at Jatinga, you intrigued me more, and I googled it.

Are these places (so close to Meghalaya) quite different to the parts of Assam next to the River Brahmaputra (I have been to Guwahati, to Jorhat, and to Dibrugarh) ? I just read that Jatinga is largely inhabited by Khasi.
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post By not telling us why birds die at Jatinga, you intrigued me more, and I googled it.

Are these places (so close to Meghalaya) quite different to the parts of Assam next to the River Brahmaputra (I have been to Guwahati, to Jorhat, and to Dibrugarh) ? I just read that Jatinga is largely inhabited by Khasi.
Haha, damn, should go into more detail the next time I do a travelogue.

And yeah, Haflong and the Dima Hasao district feel completely different to what you would find in other parts of Assam. They're very distinctly tribal with the Dimasas forming a majority and the Kukis, Nagas, Hmars etc. making up the rest. The Khasi-hnars are only found in little pockets like Jatinga (where they are a majority)

It should also be noted that there was violent insurgency here till not very long ago. The Dima Hasao district authorities are trying to change that impression by printing nice informative booklets for tourists to visit but despite the fact that I was on New Year weekend, there was hardly anybody there. I never felt unsafe there though and life appeared completely normal.

Certainly plan to be back and explore the region deeply. The only reason I didn't do that was because I was pretty exhausted after 2 months of budget travel in Mizoram and Tripura and just wanted to relax for a bit.
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From what I recall the Barak valley express was a routine target...is it still working? Metre gauge?
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Crossposting with Vaibhav.


OK, great blog (I just subscribed to it).

Off Topic - Did you yourself write the part about the stay in a Naga village ? It is so funny; it reminded me of our trip to Tawang in 2009, and eating unmentionable protein, or just maggi. I think I'll go pure veg next time.

Yes, Mr theyyamdancer and I stayed a few years ago at the Landmark. We had just narrowly missed being blown up (after surviving the heli ride from Tawang, one of the last before it was suspended [we all know why], and feeling a bit insecure), and decided to stay indoors at the hotel for a bit to chill out.
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Converted to broad gauge a couple of years ago. There are about 3-4 trains that go to Silchar and a couple of them further down to Agartala now.

The Maibang-Silchar stretch had a heavy army presence guarding the route when I took it.
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OK, great blog (I just subscribed to it).

Off Topic - Did you yourself write the part about the stay in a Naga village ? It is so funny; it reminded me of our trip to Tawang in 2009, and eating unmentionable protein, or just maggi. I think I'll go pure veg next time.

Yes, Mr theyyamdancer and I stayed a few years ago at the Landmark. We had just narrowly missed being blown up (after surviving the heli ride from Tawang, one of the last before it was suspended [we all know why], and feeling a bit insecure), and decided to stay indoors at the hotel for a bit to chill out.
There was a pure veg group when I was in Khonoma. Oh, the tantrums!

Yup, everything on that blog is me. Glad you enjoyed reading it And thanks for subscribing!

Did you stay in the Landmark in Haflong? That must have been crazy back then.

Weirdly enough, I was in Tawang in 2009 as well (didn't take the heli, took the road and wished I'd taken the heli) and the driver of the taxi I took to see the lake district was a namesake of the Chief Minister. We know what happened the year after :/
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No, no, at the Landmark in Guwahati. It is next to the cricket grounds (not that that interested me much).

Please do continue your trip report ! Enough of digressions.

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