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Saturday , August 19 , 2017

Festival route to promote tourism

- Jatinga Festival from Sept. 22-24, Falcon Festival from Nov. 15-20

North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council chief executive member Debolal Gorlosa at the Jatinga bird watching centre on Thursday. Picture by Samsul Alam

Haflong, Aug. 18: North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council will host the second edition of Jatinga Festival and Falcon Festival in Dima Hasao district to promote tourism, peace and brotherhood.

Council chief executive member Debolal Gorlosa, during a news conference held at Jatinga bird watching centre last evening, declared September 22 to 24 as the dates for Jatinga Festival and November 15 to 20 for Falcon Festival.

Gorlosa appealed to all government departments, people and students of the district to cooperate with the council and make the festivals a grand success.

He said promoting tourism can bring development to the district.

"We are blessed that we were born in such a beautiful place. Winged guests also visit many places in our district and we need to preserve them," he said.

Council executive member (tourism) Kulendra Daulagapu said eco-tourism activities like trekking to the Hempeopet Peak, visits to different community villages, exhibition-cum-sale of handicrafts and showcasing of ethnic cuisine and musical performances will be arranged as part of the festivals.

Jatinga is 8km south of Haflong, the district headquarters of Dima Hasao district, and 328km from Guwahati. Visitors throng Jatinga to see mysterious deaths of migratory birds between August and November.

Amur falcons, winged guests from Siberia and China, also stop over at Umrangso en route to Africa. Umrangso is 112km from Haflong and 224km from Guwahati, along the Assam-Meghalaya border.

The Amur falcon, a small raptor of the falcon family, covers one of the longest migration routes and arrives in Assam from eastern Siberia and northern China.

The winged guests, called daopana in Dimasa dialect and kalengmaha in Karbi, stop in the Umrangso area between October and November every year.

Two editions of Falcon Festival were also organised by NGO Blue Hills Society, in association with the Wildlife Trust of India and Charities Aid Foundation, a non-profit trust, in 2015-16.

Assam forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma, while attending the Falcon Festival at Umrangso on October 27 last year, had said the roosting place of the Amur falcon would be declared a bird sanctuary.

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