Darrang district

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Darrang district
Park gates
An entrance to Manas National Park, Darrang
Darrang district's location in Assam
Darrang district's location in Assam
Country India
DivisionNorth Assam
 • Total928,500
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 codeIN-AS

Darrang (Pron: ˌdəˈræŋ or dæˈræŋ) is an administrative district in the state of Assam in India. The district headquarters are located at Mangaldoi. The district occupies an area of 1585 km2.


In the 16th century Darrang was subject to the Narayan Dynasty king of kamata, Nara Narayan, and on the division of his dominions among his heirs passed to an independent line of rajas. Early in the 17th century the raja Bali Narayan invoked the aid of the Ahoms of Upper Assam against the Muslim invaders; after his defeat and death in 1637 the Ahoms dominated the whole district. About 1785 the Darrang rajas took advantage of the decay of the Ahom kingdom to try and re-establish their independence, but they were defeated by a British expedition in 1792, and in 1826 Darrang, with the rest of Assam, passed under British control.[1]

In 1984 Sonitpur district was formed from part of Darrang.[2] This was repeated on 14 June 2004 with the creation of Udalguri district.[2]


Darrang district occupies an area of 1,585 square kilometres (612 sq mi).[3]

National protected area[edit]


There are four Assam Legislative Assembly constituencies in this district: Kalaigaon, Sipajhar, Mangaldoi, and Dalgaon.[4] Mangaldoi is designated for scheduled castes.[4] All four are in the Mangaldoi Lok Sabha constituency.[5]


According to the 2011 census Darrang district has a population of 928,500,[6] roughly equal to the nation of Fiji[7] or the US state of Delaware.[8] This gives it a ranking of 463rd in India (out of a total of 640).[6] The district has a population density of 586 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,520/sq mi) .[6] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 19.51%.[6] Darrang has a sex ratio of 954 females for every 1000 males,[6] and a literacy rate of 63.08%.[6]

327,322 (34.87%) are Hindus, 597,392 (64.33%) are Muslims and 16,880 (0.18%) are Christians.[9]

Flora and fauna[edit]

It is home to Orang National Park, which it shares with Sonitpur district. Orang was established in 1999 and has an area of 79 km2 (30.5 sq mi).[10]


  1. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Darrang" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 7 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 837.
  2. ^ a b Law, Gwillim (2011-09-25). "Districts of India". Statoids. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
  3. ^ Srivastava, Dayawanti et al. (ed.) (2010). "States and Union Territories: Assam: Government". India 2010: A Reference Annual (54th ed.). New Delhi, India: Additional Director General, Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India), Government of India. p. 1116. ISBN 978-81-230-1617-7.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ a b "List of Assembly Constituencies showing their Revenue & Election District wise break - up" (PDF). Chief Electoral Officer, Assam website. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  5. ^ "List of Assembly Constituencies showing their Parliamentary Constituencies wise break - up" (PDF). Chief Electoral Officer, Assam website. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  7. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Fiji 883,125 July 2011 est.
  8. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2011-09-30. Delaware 897,934
  9. ^ "Demographic Features of the District". Archived from the original on 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
  10. ^ Indian Ministry of Forests and Environment. "Protected areas: Assam". Archived from the original on August 23, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2011.

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Coordinates: 26°45′N 92°30′E / 26.750°N 92.500°E / 26.750; 92.500