Cooler Climes and Hilly Retreats – Assam

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These retreats tucked away in the mountain ranges of the Indian sub-continent are ideal getaways from the searing heat of the plains during summer.

During winters these hills and mountains are some the most romantic vacation destinations, with snow clad mountains in the North Indian retreats to the chill and misty weather in the South Indian hills.

The hill stations of Assam, with their misty backdrop, azure hills, emerald rivers, and green plantations, are extremely bewitching and enchanting. They count amongst the favourite destinations for people of every age. These are great tourist spots, especially for the honeymooners who can find their love best expressed amid the natural bounties.

 

Haflong

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Also known as white ant hillock, Haflong is a spectacular hill station located at an altitude of 680 m above the sea level. It serves as the district headquarters of North Cachar Hills, one of the 23 districts of Assam. It is located at a distance of 85 kilometres to the north of Silchar and 345 kilometres from Guwahati.

Haflong is famous for its lakeside resorts, and is visited primarily for the adventure activity options it offers; trekking and paragliding are some of the popular ones. Haflong Lake is one of the largest natural water bodies in Assam and is situated in the heart of the town.  It is also Haflong’s most popular tourist spot.

 

Maibong

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Maibong is a popular tourist destination of Assam, which used to be the old capital of the kingdom of the Kachari rulers from 16th to 18th century. Today, it serves as the regional headquarters of the district of North Cachar Hills. It is located at a distance of about 338 kilometres from Guwahati.

 

Hamren

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The name Hamren, according to Karbi folklore means ‘lines of housed’. The landscape around the town is a jumble of hilly ridges criss-crossing each other.  It is a densely wooded area filled with crystal clear streams, brooks and waterfalls.

 

Jatinga

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Jatinga, an obscure gorgeous well-forested valley located in North Cachar Hill, is famous for its orange orchards and legendary for its phenomenal “bird suicide”. The mystery of Jatinga remains unveiled till date and attracts ornithologist from all over the world. On foggy, moonless nights, thousands of migratory birds die, rather commit suicide, between 7 pm and 10 pm.

 

Umrangshu

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Umrangshu is one of the well-known hill-stations of Assam, which is located exactly at the border of Assam and Meghalaya. It is about 112 kilometres from Haflong and lies against the superb background of the exquisite North Cacher Hill region.