This article will take you through the important mountain ranges of Purvanchal Hills along with a beautiful purvanchal hills map. The map shows the location of important purvanchal hills which are Garo Khasi Jaintia, Dafla, Abor, Mishmi, Patkai bum, Mikir hills, Barail hill, Naga hills, Lushai hills, Mizo hills or Lushai hills. We will see these Purvanchal Hills state wise manner. You can also download the Purvanchal Hills Map in HD format at the end of this article.
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Garo Khasi Jaintia
Lets see about Garo Khasi Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya
- Meghalaya, a small hilly state in North East India, came into existence as an autonomous state within the state of Assam on 2 April 1970 comprising the United Khasi and Jaintia Hills and the Garo Hills districts.
- But this experiment of creating an autonomous state within the mother state did not work for long due to the lack of cooperation between the two Governments.
- Consequently, the Government of India accorded full-fledged statehood to Meghalaya on 21 January 1972 to satisfy the persistent demand of the people.
- The boundaries of the state are demarcated by the Goalpara and Kamrup districts of Assam in the north, the south-western part of the district of Goalpara and a part of Rangpur district of Bangladesh in the west, the Mymensingh and Sylhet districts of Bangladesh in the south and the north Cachar and Karbi Anglong districts of Assam in the east.
- The total geographical area of the State is approximately 22,429 sq. km and consists of primarily steep hills and deep gorges with very limited areas covering valleys and plains land.
Broadly, the state is divided into three regions in terms of its physical features:
- The Central Plateau includes the Khasi – Jaintia Hills, which is an imposing, plateau with rolling grasslands, hills and river valleys. The Garo Hills forms the western part of the plateau. Its elevation varies between 150 M to 1961 M above the mean sea level. The highest point of the plateau and that of the entire state is the Shillong Peak whose elevation is about 196I M. It serves as a catchment area for rivers and streams traversing the state. Comparatively, it has the largest area of grassland, which can be profitably utilised for animal husbandry, dairying and horticulture. It is the main centre of potato cultivation and vegetables for supply outside the state.
- The border area begins where the southern face of the Central Plateau ends. Deep gorges and slopes at the foot of which a narrow strip of plain land runs along the international border with Bangladesh form the southern region of the state. It is a region with the heaviest rainfall. The world-renowned Cherrapunji and Mawsynram, the wettest places in the world are located in this area. The areca nut plantations and subtropical and tropical fruits like mandarin, lemon, guava, pineapple and banana are grown in plenty in this region.
- Like the border area, the submontane region also forms a continuation of the Central Plateau till it merges with the plains of Assam. But unlike the border area, which is generally steep and abrupt in certain places, it slopes gently down until it merges with the plains of Assam in the north. It is a region of comparatively lower rainfall but has favourable scope both for agriculture and horticulture.
- To summarise:
- Garo Hills: Nokrek Peak is the highest peak here.
- Khasi Hills: got its name Khasi tribes, Shillong is the highest peak.
- Jaintia Hills: located to the east of the Khasi Hills.
Dafla, Abor, Mishmi, Patkai bum
Lets see about Dafla, Abor, Mishmi, Patkai bum hill ranges of Arunachal Pradesh
- Arunachal Pradesh is the most eastern state of India.
- Formerly the North-East Frontier Agency special territory, AP became a UT in 1972 and a state in 1987.
- It lies between 91° 32′ E to 97° 26′ E longitude and 26° 37′ to 29° 28′ N latitude.
- Total geographical area is 81,424 sq km.
- Arunachal Pradesh borders Assam to the south and Nagaland in the southeast. Burma/Myanmar lies towards the east, Bhutan towards the west, and the state is bordered on the north by the Tibet region of China.
- Itanagar is the capital of the state.
- A remote region, it includes part of the Eastern Himalayas and extends through mountainous highlands to the plains of Assam.
- Arunachal Pradesh is inhabited by people of Mongolic tribes, most of whom practice animism.
- In Sanskrit Arunachal Pradesh means “land of the dawn-lit mountains”
- It is also known as the “land of the rising sun” because of its position as the easternmost state of India.
- Arunachal Pradesh is entirely on the Eurasian tectonic Plate and much of Arunachal Pradesh is covered by the Himalayas.
- However, the parts of Lohit, Changlang and Tirap are covered by the ranges of Patkai hills.
- Kangto, Nyegi Kangsang, Main Gorichen peak, Eastern Gorichen peak are among the highest peaks in this area of the Himalayas.
- The Himalayan ranges of Arunachal Pradesh separate it from China.
- These ranges extend toward Nagaland, and then forms a boundary between India and Burma in Changlang and Tirap district, acting as a natural barrier called Patkai Bum Hills. These are low mountains when compared to the Greater Himalayas.
- To summarise:
- Daffla Hills: situated north of the Tezpur and is bounded on the east by the Abor Range.
- Abor Hills: In the far northeast of India, near the border with China. It is Drained by the Dibang River, a tributary of the Brahmaputra.
- Mishmi Hills: southward extension of the Great Himalayas and it touches China.
- Patkai Bum Hills: On the border with Burma. The word “Patkai” means “to cut chicken” in the Tai-Ahom language. conical peaks, steep slopes and deep valleys.
Now Lets see about Mikir hills and Barail hill ranges of Assam
- Mikir hills of Assam are an extension of Shillong Plateau, covered by tropical rain forest which makes it highly inaccessible.
- Mikir Hills are located to the south of the Kaziranga National Park, Assam.
- Mikir Hills is the oldest landform in Assam.
- This landform is pear-shaped and encompasses an area of 7000 sq. km. Approx.
- It is part of the Karbi-Plateau.
- Highest peak – Dambuchko.
Barail Hill Range
- Barail Hill Range lies in North Cachar Hill District, and is the south-western extension of the Patkai Range.
- It runs in a south-westerly direction from southern Nagaland and parts of northern Manipur, up to the Jaintia Hill of Meghalaya.
- The higher elevation (1,500-2,500 m) areas of the Range is located in southern Nagaland state, while low to mid-elevation areas are in the North Cachar and Cachar Districts, continuing up to the Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya.
- Barail Wildlife Sanctuary is situated here and spreads over an area of 326 sq km.
- This sanctuary mainly covers the low to mid-elevation hills (< 30-1,100 m) of Cachar District of southern Assam. These low hill ranges are continuous with the more lofty mountainous parts of North Cachar Reserve Forest and continuous with Barail Hill Ranges in the North Cachar Hills District.
- The sanctuary area is drained by a network of small perennial or seasonal streams that flow through small ravines and valleys, and join Jatinga River at the western boundary of the Sanctuary.
- The River Dolu runs through the eastern boundary of the Sanctuary.
- The Silchar-Half-long railway track and the Silchar-Halflong road pass along the western boundary of BWS.
- The primary vegetation is tropical semi-evergreen to moist evergreen forest.
Now lets see the remaining important purvanchal hills with map
- Nāga Hills, part of the complex mountain barrier on the border of India and Myanmar (Burma).
- A northern extension of the Arakan Yoma system, the Nāga Hills reach a height of 12,552 feet (3,826 m) in Mount Saramati on the India-Myanmar frontier.
- The part of the range within India constituted the Nāga Hills district of Assam until 1961 and since 1963 has been part of Nāgāland.
- The hills receive a heavy monsoon rainfall and are naturally clothed with dense forest.
- Placed throughout the hills are villages of the Nāga tribes.
- In their natural state, these hills are covered with dense, evergreen forest.
- Most of the easier slopes up to a height of about 5,000 feet have at one time or another been cleared for cultivation. Where this has been done, they are covered for the most part by scrub bamboo and grass and the larger forest trees have disappeared.
- The Angamis tribe inhabited this place, and the hillsides have been cut by them into terraced rice fields and there is comparatively little jungle to be seen.
- Nowhere, is there large timber remaining except on the bottom of the river valleys and the summits of the hills.
- In the neighbourhood of Kohima, the valleys are broad, the slopes of the hills are fairly easy and have, to a great extent, been brought under cultivation and the scenery is, for a hill district, unusually tame.
- The lower hills are not so healthy and are in consequence but sparsely peopled.
- Mizo Hills, formerly Lushai Hills, is a mountain range in southeastern Mizoram state.
- These ranges are part of the North Arakan Yoma system.
- The Mizo Hills rise to about up to 2,125 metres, and their slopes are covered with thick evergreen forest
- Bamboo is a dominant species here.
- In the intermontane valleys, shifting (slash-and-burn) agriculture and some terrace cultivation are practised.
This was all about the important purvanchal hills which are Garo Khasi Jaintia, Dafla, Abor, Mishmi, Patkai bum, Mikir hills, Barail hill, Naga hills, Lushai hills, Mizo hills or Lushai hills.
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