Surrounded by beauty of nature, Doiheng is a century-old village in Dima Hasao, just six km from Retzuol on the Haflong- Amaranagar road (old Haflong-AmaranangarSilchar road).
It is inhabited mostly by the Hmar community, says a report in Guwahati-based Assam Tribune. Of late Doiheng has become a much-sought-after place for birds and nature lovers since birds’ phenomenon like at Jatinga are being witnessed. For this reason, the government tourism department has constructed a guest house but it lacks amenities.
Village headman Routholal Hmar said in 1690 his ancestors came from Jumpai hill to Cachar, then moved on to Doiheng and settled there. One British official, named C H Bell certified in 1927 that these people had settled there for 100 years and claimed he still has that certificate.
Now the village has just 46 houses with 267 members. Their means of livelihood is jhuming. On 5 January to attract tourists the villagers with the initiative of the tourism department of Dima Hasao, and along with four other villagers of Jatinga, N Leikul, Kelelo, Longma organised “Barail Mountain Festival-2017”’ that received good response from various parts of the state. The villagers of Doiheng believe that Dima Hasao has a tremendous potential for the development of tourism, but without the people’s involvement it will be a difficult task.