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Barpeta Road
Town
Barpeta Road is located in Assam
Barpeta Road
Barpeta Road
Location in Assam, India
Barpeta Road is located in India
Barpeta Road
Barpeta Road
Barpeta Road (India)
Coordinates: 26°30′N 90°58′E / 26.50°N 90.97°E / 26.50; 90.97Coordinates: 26°30′N 90°58′E / 26.50°N 90.97°E / 26.50; 90.97
CountryIndia
StateAssam
DistrictBarpeta
Government
 • BodyBarpeta Road Municipality Board
Population
(2011)
 • Total60,000
Languages
 • OfficialAssamese
 • NativeKamrupi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
781315
Telephone code+91 03666
ISO 3166 codeIN-AS
Vehicle registrationAS 15

Barpeta Road is a city and a municipal board in Barpeta district in the state of Assam, India.

Geography

The town is 165 feet (50 meters) above the sea level.

Demography

As of 2011 India census,[1] Barpeta Road has a population of 60000. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Barpeta Road has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 57% of the males and 43% of females literate. 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Places of attraction

Declared as a national park in 1990, Manas National Park is located at Himalayan foothills where its having a unique biodiversity and scenic landscapes. It is one of the first reserves included in the tiger reserve network under project tiger in 1973. Covering an area of 2837 km2. Manas river flows through the park with unique blending of dense jungles and grass-land, harbours the largest number of protected species of India including tiger, leopard, civet, elephants, buffalo, pygmy hog, golden langoor, Assam roof turtle, and the Bengal florican.

This park is included as a site of international importance under UNESCO's world heritage convention in 1988 as well as Biosphere Reserve in 1989. There are as many as 60 species of mammals, 312 birds, 42 reptiles, 7 amphibians, 54 fishes and more than 100 species of insects. The park has the unique feature of having most number of endangered species found in India. The place can be reached by road from Barpeta Road (20 km) connecting National highway No-31 that connects rest of India. The forest lodges are situated inside the park at Mathanguri which lies at a distance of 40  km from Barpeta Road. Visitors are to obtain necessary permission for entry into park at the office of Field Director Manas Tiger Reserve, Barpeta Road. The best time to visit the park is from November to April.

Sports

Barpeta Road is a very active town when it comes to sports. It has given birth to several sports persons representing the state. The natives are very good with football. The youths are more drawn towards taekwondo (a Korean martial art). There is a stadium named Barpeta Road Mini Stadium for playing. Moreover various intercity events are held by St Joseph's High School and Bordoloi School encouraging sports among the masses.

Transport

The town lies beside National Highway 27. The town is at a distance of 135 kilometers by road from Guwahati, the largest city in the region. By railway, the distance is 113 kilometers, covered in two to three hours. The nearest airport is Gauhati Airport, which is at a distance of 135 kilometers. The town is well connected through regular buses and trains to all the part of the country.

Direct train service connects the town to Trivandrum, Ernakulam, Bangalore, Chennai (In the South India) Mumbai, Barmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner (In the West India), New Delhi, Kanpur, Lucknow (In the Central India) and Kolkata, Puri, Dibrugarh (In the East India). The town is at a distance of 21 kilometers from the district headquarter of Barpeta district. The town is the gateway to Manas National Park. The town is one of the most important place of Western Assam and is an ideal place for trade and commerce. The town is referred to be the commercial capital of Western Assam.

Notable people

  • Ranjit Kumar Das - member of the Assam Legislative Assembly from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

References

  1. ^ "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.