Naharkatia Town, Assam

Naharkatia is a small town in Dibrugarh district of Assam. It is well known for petroleum and gas reserves. The town also serves as a commercial hub for the nearby tea gardens and villages. Naharkatia lies between 27°17′ North Latitude and 95°20′ East Longitude. It’s average elevation is 121 metres. Burhi Dihing, a tributary of Brahmaputra runs through the town.

History & Demographics:

The name Naharkatia (Naharkatiya or Nahorkatiya) originated from a historic episode. According to local people, Ahom Noble Kalia Chaodang had beheaded Ahom Prince Nahar near today’s Naharkatia Railway Station. So the place was known as Nahakatia. Today Naharkatia is an Assembly constituency, which is a part of Dibrugarh Lok Sabha constituency.

The population of Naharkatia is 15,528 (2001 India census) with 53% males and 47% females. The literacy rate in Naharkatia is 78%. The population of Naharkatia comprises people from different community such as Assamese, Bengali, Rajasthani, Bihari, Marwari and Punjabi. Buddhist descendants of a Mongolian tribe known as Phakials or Taiphakes, also reside near the town. The Buddhist monastery is a major tourist attraction in Naharkatia town.


Naharkatiya College is the only institution of Higher Education here, which offers bachelor degree in Arts and Commerce. The Naharkatiya College has a study center of Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University (KKHSOU). Important schools around Naharkatiya include Naharkatia Higher Secondary School, St. Mary’s School, New High School, R K Jitani Hindi Vidyalaya and Naharkatia Vidyamandir H.E. School.


Naharkatia is well connected with other parts of the state via road and railway. Daily bus services ply to and from other major towns like Duliajan, Namrup, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Moran, Sibsagar and Jorhat.

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