A place to remember

Tai-phake assam beholds the traditional mesmerising culture of the community.Come and experience your time with us.

About NAMPHAKE

A visit to the quiet, scenic village located by the banks of the river Dihing in Naharkatia is worth the tour. Inhabited by about 100 families, belonging Tai Phake Community who had immigrated from Howkong Valley (Myanmar) beyond the Patkai ranges in last 18th century, the inhabitants are adhering devoutly to their rich legacy of the five thousand old Tai civilization.... This is evident in many vital aspects of the village such as their houses constructed as communal property, the people, men and women clad in their traditional attire, their names kept in keeping with their tradition and culture, their cuisine-typically ethnic and their religion Buddhism and their typical Tai way of life and culture. Another major attraction is the imposing Buddhist Monastery which can be the heart of the village. Zealously safeguarded and maintained by the venerable Buddhist Monks, it can be said to be the repository of Tai and Buddhist culture and philosophy. The museum contains Manuscripts dating back a hundred to five hundred years back or even earlier than that. Close to the Monastery is the River Buridihing with its clean banks which is another beautiful landmark worth visiting. Namphake Village can boast of thousand of visitors from different parts of the globe alighting on its sacred soil to experience its exotic oriental feel which the community is conscientiously adhering to un keep in spite of the onslaughts of modernity, rapid industrialization and a consumerist culture.

Basic Information about Namphake Village


Total House hold - 102 nos
Namphake (core area) - 74 nos
Alichiga - 4 nos
Long jong - 8 nos
Serepajan - 14 nos
Naharkatia - 1 nos
Baghmora -1 nos
Total Population 604 (September,2018)
Monastery – Namphake Buddhist Monastery
School – Taiphake Hish & M.P. School (from primary to class x)

Location

The Tai Phakes mainly live in villages in the Districts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia in Assam (India). These villages are Namphake and Tipam Phake- near Naharkatia in Dibrugarh District; Borphake, Long Phake and Man Mow near Margherita; Mounglang near Ledo, Ninggam near Tirap, and Jagun Faneng Village in Tinsukia District.... Tai Phake population in these villages is not more than 2000. Among these villages, the most important in all aspects, is the Namphake Village. There are about 80 houses in this village and the population is around 600.

How to go there??

Namphake village is about 60 Km from Dibrugarh Town. If we drive from Dibrugarh to Naharkatia and from there, 4 km in the north-east direction, we reach Namphake Village. It is also easily accessible from Mohanbari Airport near Dibrugarh. Moreover, the nearest railway station is at Naharkatia.

Buddhist Temple (Monastery) and different Buddhist monuments:

Built in AD 1850, the Buddhist Monastery at Namphake village is the largest in Assam. Construction of the present structure started in 198l. There is a collection of many ancient Buddhist religio-cultural treasure, artifacts and articles in this monastery. Moreover, within its campus, we find the Masalinda Lake, pagodas (or Cong Moo), Dhamma Cheti – religious building to house ancient scrolls, Kithing – a structure to hold religious ceremonies, Kyang Fra – a religious building where statues of The Buddha are brought during special occasions, Puthi – a Banyan tree, grown from the branch of the Buddhi Tree at Buddha Gaya, besides a large collection of many other ancient religious and cultural artifacts and Sang Opuk, Mung Chin Tra, Ashoka Pillar, Pancha Borgia etc. It is rare, in entire Assam, to find so many rare Buddhist cultural collections in a single place.nuing their indegenious good habits,colourful dresses,folk songs and dances;above all they are still adhered to their each and every social practices as well as festivals whole heartedly.

Cultural Heritage:

The Tai Phake people living in the Namphake village use the Tai language as a mode expression. People wear traditional dresses at all times. The men folk wear a multicolored dress known as ‘Faa’. Married women wear the ‘Nangwat’, a wrap-dress worn over the breasts. Young girls wear ‘Faa Fouk’, a sheet of pure white cloth, intricately embroidered at the edges. Elders, both men and women wear turbans, called ‘Faa Ho

Housing:

The Tai Phakes live in houses built on stilts called Houn Hang. These homes are built after observation of various traditional rites and rituals to be bestowed with blessings and prosperity of the family and household. The house, which is built about 6 feet above the ground, have separate guest room, dining room (kan nock), bedroom (kan noon), kitchen (houn oun) and prayer room (khock tang chom).

Festivals and rituals:

The main festivals of the Buddhist Tai Phakes are Poy Sang Ken (in April, during the Assamese Bohag Bihu festival), Mai Ka Sum Fai (Maaghi full moon night in January-February), Poi Ok Wa (Kaati full moon night in October-November), Poy Jayanti (during Buddha Jayanti in May), Poy Kham Chang (traditional and religious ceremony, equivalent of Baptism, when young boys are initiated to become Buddhist monks), Poy Leng (special funeral for monks), Poy Kanta (a religious festival held each year at different Buddhist Monasteries of the Northeast during November), Poy Noun Chi (a religious festival held during March on a full moon night) and many others.

Food and Food habits:

Meals mainly consist of steamed rice wrapped in banana, Tara (Alpania allughus) or Kou (Phrynium pubinerve) leaves, known as Khow boo, served with boiled vegetables. Moreover, a large number of local wild, leafy vegetables such as ‘Panit’, ‘Nan Hum’, ‘Khi kai’ etc. including bamboo shoots and various roots are also included in their diet. Some other traditional foods are ‘Pa soum’ – a spicy sour garnish/chutney made of fermented fish, ‘Na Se’ – grated tangy fermented bamboo shoots, ‘Naw heu’ (dried bamboo shoots), etc.

This Namphake village, a potential tourism destination, can be transformed into a ‘Heritage Village’ or be featured in the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India’s National Policy for Promotion of Tourism as an “Ethnic Village”, attracting cultural- and eco-tourists because of its rich cultural heritage and unique lifestyle and treasures of its people.