Far-Western Development Region, Nepal

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Far-Western Development Region, Nepal (सुदुर पश्चिमाञ्चल - Sudura Paścimāñcala)
Region
Dipayal.jpg
Seti River valley with Dipayal to the left
Country  Nepal
Zones Mahakali, Seti
Headquarters Dipayal Silgadhi
Area 19,539 km² (7,544 sq mi)
Population 2,552,517 (2011) [1]
Density 131 /km² (339 /sq mi)
Timezone NPT (UTC+5:45)
ISO 3166-2 NP-5
Location of the Far-Western Region
Location of the Far-Western Region

Far-Western Development Region (Nepali:सुदुर पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र - Sudur Pashchimānchal Bikās Kshetra) is one of Nepal's five development regions. It is at the western end of the country with headquarters at Dipayal Silgadhi.


Geography[change | change source]

The Far-Western Development Region has the Mid-Western Development Region to the east, Uttar Pradesh (India) to the south, Uttarakhand (India) to the west and the Tibet Autonomous Region (People's Republic of China) to the north.

It is the smallest Development Region of Nepal with an area of 19,539 km2 (7,544 sq mi) and also with the lowest population with 2,552,517 people living there;[1] its population density is the second lowest of all the regions, with 130.6 persons/km2.

The highest mountain in the region is the Api Peak, with 7,132 m (23,399 ft) high; it is in the Darchula district. Other high mountain is Saipal, 7,031 m (23,068 ft) high, in the Bajhang district.

The most important rivers in the Far-Western Development Region are the Seti and the Mahakali (Sharda in India) rivers; both rivers are tributaries of the Karnali river.

Cities[change | change source]

The main city in the region is Mahendranagar, the eighth largest city of the country, at about 5 km (3.1 mi) from the border of India.

Other cities of this region are Dipayal Silgadhi, Dhangadhi, Baitadi (Khalanga, Baitadi), etc.

Administrative subdivisions[change | change source]

The region has 2 Zones with a total of 9 Districts:

Zone Population[2]
(2011)
 Area[3] 
(km²)
Pop. density
(inh/km²)
Districts
Number Names
Mahakali 977,514 6,989 139.9 4 Baitadi, Dadeldhura, Darchula, Kanchanpur
Seti 1,575,003 12,550 125.5 5 Achham, Bajhang, Bajura, Doti, Kailali
Total 2,552,517 19,539 130.6 9

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "National Population and Housing Census 2011" (pdf). Central Bureau of Statistics. Kathmandu, Nepal. November 2012. http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/sources/census/2010_PHC/Nepal/Nepal-Census-2011-Vol1.pdf. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  2. "Nepal: Administrative Division". City Population. http://www.citypopulation.de/php/nepal-admin.php. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  3. "Regions of Nepal". Statoids. 2012-12-07. http://www.statoids.com/unp.html. Retrieved 12 October 2013.

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Coordinates: 29°16′N 80°56′E / 29.267°N 80.933°E / 29.267; 80.933