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Tihu is located in Assam
Location in Assam, India
Tihu is located in India
Tihu (India)
Coordinates: 26°28′30″N 91°16′08″E / 26.4749°N 91.2689°E / 26.4749; 91.2689Coordinates: 26°28′30″N 91°16′08″E / 26.4749°N 91.2689°E / 26.4749; 91.2689
Country  India
State Assam
District Nalbari
 • Body Tihu Town Committee
Population (2001)
 • Total 4,301
 • Official Assamese
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registration AS

Tihu (Pron:ˈtɪhuː) is a town and a town area committee established in 1951 in Nalbari district in the Indian state of Assam.
The ancient name of Tihu was 'Dihu'. According to Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha, 'DI' means 'water' and 'HU' means 'flow'. 'Dihu' is actually a word of Bodo language. The ancient name of the town came from the name of the river 'Dihu', which flows through the heart of Tihu Town. According to Assamese scholar, Banikanta Kakati, the name of the river transformed to 'Tihu' as time passed by. So the name of the town too changed to 'Tihu'.

The peopling and settlement in the area indicates replacement of early inhabited people in town and many parts of its adjacent areas to present scenery. At present, Tihu's revenue circle consists of 39 villages (out of which 11 villages are under Bodoland Territorial Council area) and an urban centre. Tihu town itself covers 132.0779 square kilometres (50.9956 sq mi).

The Tihu River originates from a lake in Bhutan, the Singra River (called in olden days, now it is known as Tihu River). The Tihu used to play a vital role of communication for trade and commerce in the area before connected by roads.

A famous mill was located in Tihu which was known as 'Tihu Daga Rice Mill'. The mill was mainly used to extract rice from paddy and mustard oil from mustard seeds. Due to extremist activities, the mill had to be shut down immediately in the mid 1990s.


As of 2001 India census,[1] Tihu had a population of 4301. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Tihu town has an average literacy rate of 96.6%, much higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 98%, and female literacy is 94%. In Tihu, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.

How to reach[edit]


Tihu is well connected to the outer world through rail and road. It is 100 kilometres (62 mi) from Guwahati, the capital of Assam and 25 km from Nalbari, the District Headquarters. The East West Corridor (NH 31) of India is just 3 km from main town. The rail station is situated towards the south of the town. Seven daily passenger trains and Kamrup Express provide connectivity to Guwahati, Bongaigoan and Kolkata. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport which connects to all major cities of India and South East Asia is just 90 km from Tihu

Industries in Tihu[edit]

Tihu is a small Industrial Township since British Reign. It had many Big Mills including Sintex and Daga Mill. Various business people from all over India came to the town for Trade. But Mismanagement and insurgency problem in the region made these Industries to close down and Tihu lost the title of Industrial Hub. Instead of these problems, Tihu is on the verge of getting a new makeover in Industrial Arena again. The North East Mega Food Park is the upcoming mega projects in Tihu (Nathkuchi).

North East Mega Food Park[edit]

NE Mega Food Park, Tihu

The upcoming Mega Food Park is going to increase the GDP of Tihu. The park will host Food Processing units with investment in the range of 100 Cr. The Mega Food Park Project will have a Central Processing Centre (CPC) at Nathkuchi, Tihu covering 50 acres of land supported by a network of six Primary Processing Centres (PPC) and 19 Collection Centres(CC) spread across the entire NE Region.

Shopping facilities[edit]

The Daily market is situated at the heart of the Town. All types of amenities from vegetables to electronics are readily available in the market.

Educational institutions[edit]

Tihu College, established in 1963, is one of the premier institutes of higher education. The college is affiliated to Gauhati University and offers courses on HS and TDC in both Arts and Science.

The only private college in the town is Aryabhatta Junior college for H.S in Arts & Commerce.

There are many government and private schools mainly:

  • Tihu Boy's High School
  • Tihu Girl's High School
  • Tihu Lower Primary School
  • Jatiya Vidyalaya, Tihu
  • Vivekananda Vidya Niketan
  • Angel Academy, Tihu
  • Sankardev Sishu Vidya Niketan, Tihu
  • K.K.Handiqui State Open University, Study Centre IYDE, TIHU
  • Maharshi Vidya Mandir
  • Nalanda Public School


The Haladhibari Kalimandir is located in Tihu in Assam, India. Ranakuchi Helchapara Manasa Mandir.

Photo gallery[edit]


  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.