Situated some nine km south of Haflong in the Dima Hasao district of Assam, Jatinga is a scenic village that is famous for a curious phenomenon — bird ‘suicides’! CHECK OUT India’s Most Haunted: Jatinga in Assam
Between the months of August to November, ornithologists and birders visit Jatinga to observe the phenomenon of migratory birds hurtling to their imminent death. The phenomenon is credited to disorientation caused by high altitudes and fog and simple-minded folks who see these falling birds as evil spirits.
Locals switch on high power searchlights on the hilltop which in turn attracts birds flying at night. Birds swoop down towards the light and are killed upon landing with bamboo poles. Ornithologists and conservationists have been working hard to educate the locals and have achieved considerable success.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN JATINGA
Jatinga has a bird watching center which provides accommodations on prior booking with the district forestry office in Haflong. However, tourists prefer to stay at Silchar which has several budget hotels.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN JATINGA
Jatinga has limited eating options. Carry food hampers and water while visiting.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT JATINGA
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Jatinga is as given below. The best time to visit Jatinga is also specified.