Far-Western Development Region, Nepal

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सुदुर पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र
Sudur Pashchimānchal
Bikās Kshetra
Location of सुदुर पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र
Coordinates: 29°16′N 80°56′E / 29.267°N 80.933°E / 29.267; 80.933Coordinates: 29°16′N 80°56′E / 29.267°N 80.933°E / 29.267; 80.933
Country   Nepal
RegionFar-Western Development Region
HeadquartersDipayal Silgadhi, Doti District, Seti Zone
 • Total19,539 km2 (7,544 sq mi)
 (2011 Census)
 • Total2,552,517
 • Density131/km2 (340/sq mi)
 pop. note
Time zoneUTC+5:45 (NPT)

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. Its headquarters are 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 square kilometres (7,544 square miles). It has the lowest population, with 2,552,517 people.[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 metres (23,399 feet) high; it is in the Darchula district. Other high mountain is Saipal, 7,031 metres (23,068 feet) 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 kilometres (3.1 miles) 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]
Pop. density
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. "National Population and Housing Census 2011" (PDF). Central Bureau of Statistics. Kathmandu, Nepal. November 2012. Archived from the original (pdf) on 7 January 2019. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  2. "Nepal: Administrative Division". City Population. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  3. "Regions of Nepal". Statoids. 2012-12-07. Retrieved 12 October 2013.

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