Diphu

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Diphu
city
Diphu is located in Assam
Diphu
Diphu
Location in Assam, India
Coordinates: 25°50′N 93°26′E / 25.83°N 93.43°E / 25.83; 93.43Coordinates: 25°50′N 93°26′E / 25.83°N 93.43°E / 25.83; 93.43
Country  India
State Assam
District Karbi Anglong
Elevation 186 m (610 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 63,654
Languages
 • Official Assamese, English
 • Regional Karbi, Assamese
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 782460
Telephone code 03671

Diphu (Pron:ˈdɪfu:) is the headquarters of Karbi Anglong district in the state of Assam in India. Diphu which literally means "white water" in Dimasa language was an important city of the Dimasa Kingdom during the medieval time which went into the British hand after the demise of Sengya Tularam Hasnu in AD 1854, after which it was declared a ‘Scheduled District’ constituted in 1874. This small town is a popular tourist hill station for people of nearby cities.

Geography[edit]

View of Diphu hills

Diphu is located at 25°50′N 93°26′E / 25.83°N 93.43°E / 25.83; 93.43.[1] It has an average elevation of 186 metres (610 feet). It is about 270 km by road and 213 km by railways from Guwahati. The town is beautifully located on a hill.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census,[2] Diphu had a population of 63,654. Based on population, it is classified as a class-II city (between 50,000 and 99,999 inhabitants). Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Diphu has an average literacy rate of 90%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 94% and, female literacy is 86%. In Diphu, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age. The major tribes living in Diphu are Karbi, Dimasa, Bodo, Garo, Rengma Naga and Adivasi.

Culture[edit]

The town is home to many indigenous communities and other communities from rest of the country, the Karbis, Dimasa, Boro, Garo being the major tribes of the district. The town truly exhibits the peaceful and harmonious coexistence among them. It houses temples, churches, mosques and also a gurudwara. The town celebrates all the major festivals together with much fun-fare. Rongker, Bishu-Dima, Wangala, Bihu, Christmas, Durga Puja, Diwali and other festivals are celebrated with fervour and joy.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Statue of Rongpharpi Rongbe: In the middle of the town there is a great statue of Rongpharpi Rongbe and her comrades- a grand sculpture enlivened in the hand of its sculptor. It has immortalised a glorified page of Karbi history. Rongpharpi Rongbe was the first woman who rebelled against exploitation and oppression.
  • Taralangso: It is in the heart of Diphu. The headquarters of "Karbi Cultural Society", which is an established democratic cultural organisation, is permanently set here. The Karbi Youth Festival is celebrated in Taralangso every year. During the festival the place becomes a cultural pilgrimage.
  • Botanical Garden: About 7 km away from Diphu along the Lumding road, there is a botanical garden of Forest west division. The garden is rich in many valuable trees, herbs and orchids.
  • Recreation Park: Situated on the Diphu-Manja raod it is a very beautiful garden set up by the forest department. The park is full of natural scenery, valuable trees and herbs which attracts many people. There is also boating facility in a lake.

Public Parks and Gardens[edit]

  • Recreation Park
  • Botanical Garden
  • Khorsing Ingti Children Park
  • Semsongsing Ingti Memorial Park
  • Gandhi Park

Media[edit]

Local Newspapers

Education institutions[edit]

in ascending order

Universities[edit]

Colleges[edit]

  • B.Ed College
  • Commerce College
  • Diphu Girl's College
  • Diphu Government College
  • Diphu Law College
  • Lt. Bina Terangpi Memorial College

Technical institutes[edit]

Schools[edit]

  • Aturkimi Academy
  • Badan Memorial English High School
  • Binapani High School
  • Calvary Home Academy
  • Covenent Higher Secondary School
  • Christian English High School
  • D.A.V Higher Secondary School
  • Diphu Government Boy's Higher Secondary School
  • Diphu Government Girl's High School
  • Don Bosco Higher Secondary School
  • Erudite Academy
  • Hill Top English School
  • Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya
  • Kidzee
  • Lil'Kid
  • Modern English High School
  • Mt. Calvary School
  • North Point English High School
  • Presbyterian Mission School
  • Ratan Kro High School
  • Rengbonghom Higher Secondary School
  • St. Mary's High School
  • Tiny Tot
  • UC School

Developmental projects under way[edit]

  • Assam Hills Medical College and Research Institute (under development)

Transportation[edit]

Politics[edit]

Diphu is part of Autonomous District (Lok Sabha constituency).[4]

Notable personalities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]