|Elevation||186 m (610 ft)|
|• Official||Assamese, English|
|• Regional||Karbi, Assamese|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
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.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Culture
- 4 Places of interest
- 5 Public Parks and Gardens
- 6 Media
- 7 Education institutions
- 8 Transportation
- 9 Politics
- 10 Notable personalities
- 11 See also
- 12 References
Diphu is located at  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..
As of 2011[update] India census, 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.
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
- 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
- Recreation Park
- Botanical Garden
- Khorsing Ingti Children Park
- Semsongsing Ingti Memorial Park
- Gandhi Park
- Local Newspapers
- The Hills Times (English daily)
- Thekar (Karbi daily)
- The Arleng Daily (Karbi daily)
- Pherangke (Karbi daily)
- B.Ed College
- Commerce College
- Diphu Girl's College
- Diphu Government College
- Diphu Law College
- Lt. Bina Terangpi Memorial College
- Basic Training Centre
- Industrial Training Institute
- Hindi Teacher Training Centre
- 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
- Modern English High School
- Mt. Calvary School
- North Point English High School
- Presbyterian Mission School
- Ratan Kro High School
- Rengbonghom Higher Secondary School
- Springdale High School
- St. Mary's High School
- Tiny Tot
- UC School
Developmental projects under way
- Assam Hills Medical College and Research Institute (under development)
- Road: Diphu is well connected by ASTC, private buses and taxis to all the important towns of Assam. Auto-rickshaws are the main mode of local transport there. On the north it is covered by NH-36 and on the east by NH-39.
- Rail: Diphu railway station falls under Northeast Frontier Railway zone of Indian Railways. Many important trains like Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express, Brahmaputra Mail, Kamrup Express etc. passes through Diphu.
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Diphu
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- "List of Parliamentary & Assembly Constituencies". Assam. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-05.