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A Goalpara Assam homestead
A Goalpara Assam homestead
Goalpara is located in Assam
Location in Assam, India
Goalpara is located in India
Goalpara (India)
Coordinates: 26°10′N 90°37′E / 26.17°N 90.62°E / 26.17; 90.62
Country India
 • BodyGoalpara Municipality Board
35 m (115 ft)
 • Total53,430
 • OfficialAssamese
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 codeIN-AS
Vehicle registrationAS-18

Goalpara /ɡɑːlˈpɑːrə/) is the district headquarters of Goalpara district, Assam, India. It is situated 134 kilometres (83 mi) to the west of Guwahati.


The name Goalpara is said to have originated from the word "Gwaltippika" meaning Guwali village, or "the village of the milk men" (Yadav).[2] In local dialect, "para" means village.


Goalpara is located on the bank of the river Brahmaputra.[3] It has an average elevation of 35 metres (114 feet).

Hulukanda Hill, located at the heart of Goalpara on the bank of the Brahmaputra river, is one of the natural scenic views in the town, with various kinds of waterfowl and monkeys. There are some other bodies of water such as Hashila beel, Kumri beel, and Urpad Beel. The Urpad Beel becomes the centre of migratory birds during Oct-March. The evergreen forests on low hills create an undulating landscape.

Goalpara district consists of 8 blocks:


Religions in Goalpara town (2011)[4]

  Islam (53.65%)
  Hinduism (44.99%)
  others (1.36%)

Languages of Goalpara town (2011)[5]

  Assamese (77.9%)
  Bengali (16.8%)
  Hindi (3.6%)
  Bodo, Rabha and Others (1.7%)

As of 2011 Indian Census, Goalpara had a total population of 53,430, of which 26,970 were males and 26,460 were females. Population within the age group of 0 to 6 years was 6,125. The total number of literates in Goalpara was 39,627 which constituted 74.2% of the population with male literacy of 77.1% and female literacy of 71.2%. The effective literacy rate of 7+ population of Goalpara was 83.8%, of which male literacy rate was 87.3% and female literacy rate was 80.2%. The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes population was 6,158 and 1,702 respectively. Goalpara had 11,617 households in 2011.[6]


The largest religious group in the town are Muslims constituting 53.65% of the population. Hindus make up 44.99% and 1.36% are others.[4]


Assamese is the official language of the district and is spoken by 77.9% of the population, while Bengali is spoken by 16.8% and Hindi spoken by 3.6%, and 1.7% Bodo and other languages as per 2011 census.[5] The Goalpariya is the most commonly spoken dialect of Assamese in the town.


Sainik School, Goalpara

Some of the major educational institutions are:



ancient heritage in goalpara


Goalpara district consists of four assembly constituencies which are Goalpara East, Goalpara West, Jaleshwar and Dudhnoi. The first three are part of Dhubri (Lok Sabha constituency). Goalpara town is under Goalpara East constituency, the current MLA is AK Rasheed Alam (INC)

Notable people


  1. ^ "Pin Code of Goalpara". Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  2. ^ Brief history of Goalpara
  3. ^ "redirect to /world/IN/03/Goalpara.html".
  4. ^ a b "C-16 Population By Religion - Assam". Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  5. ^ a b "C-16 Population By Mother Tongue - Goalpara". Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  6. ^ "District Census Handbook; Goalpara" (PDF). Census Commission of India. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Goalpara boy hits the big time". The Times of India. 23 March 2012. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013.
  8. ^ Speaking Tree Spiritual Masters