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Diphu is located in Assam
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
 • Body Diphu Town Committee
Elevation 186 m (610 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 61,797
 • Official Assamese, English
 • Regional Karbi, Assamese
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 782460, 782462
Telephone code 03671

Diphu (Pron:ˈdɪfu:) is the headquarters 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 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, Bushu-Dima,[3] 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.
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 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.

Public Parks and Gardens[edit]

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


Local Newspapers
Diphu house an All India Radio station.
Diphu house a relay centre for Doordarshan. There is also a CATV 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
  • Diphu Government College
  • Diphu Law College
  • Renu Terangpi Memorial College

Technical institutes[edit]

  • Basic Training Centre
  • Hindi Teacher Training Centre
  • Industrial Training Institute (ITI)
  • Polytechnic
  • Vocational Training and research Centre (VTRC)


  • 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
  • Springdale High School
  • St. Mary's High School
  • Tiny Tot
  • UC School

Institution with boarding facility[edit]

  • Aturkimi Academy.
  • Calvary Home School.
  • Covenent High School:
    • Hebron, Home for Orphan
    • Girl's Hostel
    • Boy's Hostel
  • D.A.V. Higher Secondary School.
  • Diphu Government College:
    • Rasinja Girl's Hostel.
    • Serdihun Girl's Hostel.
    • Waisong Boy's Hostel.
  • Don Bosco HIgher Secondary School.
  • Home for Orphan and Destitude Children.
  • Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (Diphu).

Developmental projects under way[edit]

  • Assam Hills Medical College and Research Institute.

Health infrastructure[edit]


  • Diphu Civil Hospital


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.
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.


Diphu is part of Autonomous District (Lok Sabha constituency).[5]

Notable personalities[edit]

See also[edit]