Upper Subansiri district

Upper Subansiri district
District of Arunachal Pradesh

Location of Upper Subansiri district in Arunachal Pradesh
Country India
State Arunachal Pradesh
Headquarters Daporijo
  Total 7,032 km2 (2,715 sq mi)
Population (2011)
  Total 83,205[1]
  Literacy 64.0%[1]
  Sex ratio 982[1]
Website Official website

Upper Subansiri (Pron:/su:bənˈsɪɹi/) is an administrative district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India.


The district was formed when Subansiri district was bifurcated into Upper and Lower Subansiri districts in 1987.[2]


The district headquarters are located at Daporijo. Upper Subansiri district occupies an area of 7,032 square kilometres (2,715 sq mi),[3] comparatively equivalent to the United Kingdom's East Falkland.[4] The important towns are Daporijo, Dumporijo, Taliha, Nacho, Siyum, and Maro.


The 2,000-kilometre-long (1,200 mi) proposed Mago-Thingbu to Vijaynagar Arunachal Pradesh Frontier Highway along the McMahon Line,[5][6][7][8] (will intersect with the proposed East-West Industrial Corridor Highway) and will pass through this district, alignment map of which can be seen here and here.[9]


In 2006 the Indian government named Upper Subansiri one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).[10] It is the only district in Arunachal Pradesh currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).[10]


There are five Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly constituencies in this district: Nacho, Taliha, Daporijo, Raga, and Dumporijo. All of these are part of Arunachal West Lok Sabha constituency.[11]


According to the 2011 census Upper Subansiri district has a population of 83,205,[12] roughly equal to the nation of Andorra.[13] This gives it a ranking of 621st in India (out of a total of 640).[12] The district has a population density of 12 inhabitants per square kilometre (31/sq mi) .[12] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 50.34%.[12] Upper Subansiri has a sex ratio of 982 females for every 1000 males,[12] and a literacy rate of 63.96%.[12]

Members of the Tagin, Nyishi and Galo are found in the district.


Upper Subansiri is endowed with the potential to be developed as the tourist hotspot.Upper Subansiri is bestowed with ecstatic natural beauty like any other places in Arunachal Pradesh. Mere sight of its beauty mesmerizes and provides peace and tranquility to the onlooker.

It not only has a beautiful and kaleidoscopic culture and tradition but also has many beautiful and mysterious places associated with local history, local tales, folklores and mythology. An entire package for tourism is present within the district. Some places at hand that are worth mentioning here are Aato Topo statue at Dumporijo; Menga mandir:' a cave mandir with a huge Shiva Linga inside. The cave has two caves within, which goes down about 8 meters.

Then there is mysterious and sacred Jalang waterfall at Timba village which has a unique quality to heel fire caused wounds. Again there is Keba Somara village where there is mysterious Yechung Gambung in the Subansiri river, which is believed to be linked to a cave/large crack in the mountain, 2 km away and has an associated history. Then, Lingpi ligne at Dupit village is worth seeing here a huge Shiva Linga shape stone (Lingpi coming out from earth) which has a mysterious belief associated: that it disappears every year for some months. Again, Achin Muri is a historical place associated with the massacre of Indian Army in 1954. Finally, statue of courageous Sher-e-Thappa who alone stopped Chinese for 72 hours in 1962 Indo-China war the place is worth visiting. These are but just tips of the icebergs. In addition, these places are located in beautiful natural settings.

Also, there is adventurous trekking from Siyum to Mechuka through snow laden and mighty Tikuk pass in the Tikuk mountain (during November). This trade route was part of the established barter practice between Tibet and the tribes in the region during 20th C.[14]


  1. 1 2 3 "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in.
  2. Law, Gwillim (25 September 2011). "Districts of India". Statoids. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
  3. Srivastava, Dayawanti et al. (ed.) (2010). "States and Union Territories: Arunachal Pradesh: 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. 1113. ISBN 978-81-230-1617-7.
  4. "Island Directory Tables: Islands by Land Area". United Nations Environment Program. 18 February 1998. Retrieved 2011-10-11. East Falkland 7,040km2
  5. "Top officials to meet to expedite road building along China border". Dipak Kumar Dash. timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  6. "Narendra Modi government to provide funds for restoration of damaged highways". http://www.dnaindia.com. Retrieved 27 October 2014. External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. "Indian Government Plans Highway Along Disputed China Border". Ankit Panda. thediplomat.com. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  8. "Govt planning road along McMohan line in Arunachal Pradesh: Kiren Rijiju". Live Mint. Retrieved 2014-10-26.
  9. "China warns India against paving road in Arunachal". Ajay Banerjee. tribuneindia.com. Retrieved 2014-10-26.
  10. 1 2 Ministry of Panchayati Raj (8 September 2009). "A Note on the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme" (PDF). National Institute of Rural Development. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  11. "Assembly Constituencies allocation w.r.t District and Parliamentary Constituencies". Chief Electoral Officer, Arunachal Pradesh website. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
  12. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  13. US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. 198 Andorra 84,825 July 2011 est.
  14. "Exploring the unexplored: A case of tourism development for Upper Subansiri dist: By Nyatum Doke".

Coordinates: 28°18′N 94°00′E / 28.300°N 94.000°E / 28.300; 94.000

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