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Diphu is located in Assam
Location in Assam, India
Diphu is located in India
Diphu (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 district
 • Body Diphu Town Committee
Elevation 186 m (610 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 61,797
 • Official Karbi, English, Assamese
 • Regional Karbi, Dimasa
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 782460, 782462
Telephone code 03671
ISO 3166 code IN-AS
Vehicle registration AS-09

Diphu (Pron:ˈdɪfu:) is the headquarter of Karbi Anglong district in the state of Assam in India. This small town is a popular tourist hill station for people of nearby cities.


Diphu is a Dimasa language for White Water. Di mean Water, Phu mean White. Historically it is said, the stream in diphu carry large amount of sediment during rainy season, giving it the colour of white, hence the name White Water.


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.


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 indigenous communities living in Diphu are Karbi, Dimasa Kachari, Tiwa (Lalung) Kachari, Bodo Kachari, Koch (Rajbangshi) Kachari, Garo Kachari and Rengma Naga.


The town is home to many indigenous communities and other communities from rest of the country, the Karbis, Dimasa Kachari, Tiwa Kachari, Bodo Kachari, Garo Kachari being the major tribes of the district. The town truly exhibits the peaceful and harmonious coexistence among them. It houses temples, churches, mosques and a gurudwara. The town celebrates all the major festivals together with much fun-fare. Rongker, Bushu-Dima Wangala, Bihu, Sikpui-Ruoi, 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.
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 from 15 February to 19 February. 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 cum Medicinal Garden
Situated on the Diphu-Manja road it is a very beautiful garden set up by the forest department. The park has much natural scenery, valuable trees and herbs which attracts many people. There is also boating facility in a lake.
District Museum

Public parks and gardens[edit]

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


Local Newspapers
  • Drongo Express (English daily)
  • Hill Observer (English daily)
  • Pherangke (Karbi daily)
  • The Arleng Daily (Karbi daily)
  • The Hills Emissary ( English daily)
  • The Hills Times (English daily)
  • Thekar (Karbi daily)
Diphu house an All India Radio station.
Diphu house a relay centre for Doordarshan. There is also a CATV, KAT, operating in the town. Currently, KAT is only local channel in the town.

Education institutions[edit]



  • B.Ed. College
  • Commerce College
  • Diphu Girl's College
  • Don Bosco Junior college
  • Diphu Government College
  • Diphu Law College
  • Renu Terangpi Memorial College

Technical and vocational institutes[edit]

  • Basic Training Centre
  • Hindi Teacher Training Centre
  • Industrial Training Institute (ITI)
  • Diphu polytechnic, diphu
  • Vocational Training and research Centre (VTRC)


  • Adarsh Binapani L.P. & M.E. School
  • Aturkimi Academy
  • Badan Memorial English 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
  • Diphu Town Primary School.
  • Don Bosco Higher Secondary School
  • Erudite Academy
  • Hilltop Christian School
  • Home for Destitute and Vagrant Children
  • Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya
  • Kendriya Vidyalaya
  • Kidzee
  • Lil'Kid
  • Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School
  • Modern English High School
  • Mt. Calvary School
  • North Point English High School
  • New Hope 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

Projects under way[edit]

  • Assam Hills Medical College and Research Institute

Health infrastructure[edit]


  • Diphu Civil Hospital
  • Veterinary Hospital (2 Nos.)



National Highway 329A passes through the Town. It connect the town with Lumding and Manja . Diphu is well connected to most districts and towns of Assam by Assam State Transport Corporation, The District autonomoy body, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, owned Transportation service and private buses connect . Shared Car also ply between nearby town and places. Auto rickshaw is the main mode of transport in the town.


The Diphu town is served by Diphu railway station of Northeast Frontier Railway zone which lies on Lumding–Dibrugarh section. Many crucial trains which connect the town like Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express, Brahmaputra Mail, Kamrup Express, Jan Shatabdi Express, Chandigarh Express, Nagaland Express etc.


Football is the main sport of Karbi Anglong and mostly popular among people. The multipurpose Karbi Anglong Sports Association (KASA) Stadium is home to Morning Star F.C., the premier football club of Karbi Anglong. They represent Karbi Anglong in the top division Assam State Premier League. currently 2 new New Sport's Complex is under construction, one in KASA Stadium field and another at 5th Mile, Diphu.


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

Notable People[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Diphu
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "Assam University Diphu Campus"
  4. ^ "List of Parliamentary & Assembly Constituencies" (PDF). Assam. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-05-04. Retrieved 2008-10-05.