Here’s what you need to know about Haflong, ‘Mini Switzerland of Northeast India’
GUWAHATI | SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
Located at an altitude of 680 meters above the sea level, Haflong a spectacular hill station of Assam, which has been acknowledged as the 'Mini Switzerland of Northeast India' stands as the Headquarter of North Cachar District and is around 345 kilometres away from Guwahati.
Here are some facts you may want to know about the 'Mini Switzerland of Northeast India':
1. The name was derived from two Dimasa words, Haflau meaning 'White Ant Hillock' while few people believe that it might have been acquired from another word Hangklong which means 'enriched land'.
2. Maibong was the ancient capital of the Dimasa Kachari Kingdom, which existed from the mid-sixteenth to mid-eighteenth century. The word Maibong means 'abundance in paddy' in Dimasa language.
3. Several ethnic groups, including Dimasas, Hmars, Nagas, Karbis, Khelmas and Mizos, belonging to different religions inhabit the place, giving it a beauty of diversity.
4. Commonly spoken languages are Haflong Hindi, Dimasa, Hmar, Zeme Naga, Kuki, Khasi, Biate, Bengali, Assamese, Nepali and Hrankhol.
5. Haflong lake located at the heart of the hill station is one of the largest natural water bodies of Assam.