Western Development Region, Nepal

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पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र
Pashchimānchal Bikās Kshetra
Location of पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र
Coordinates: 28°15′50″N 83°58′20″E / 28.26389°N 83.97222°E / 28.26389; 83.97222Coordinates: 28°15′50″N 83°58′20″E / 28.26389°N 83.97222°E / 28.26389; 83.97222
Country   Nepal
RegionWestern Development Region
HeadquarterPokhara, Kaski District, Gandaki Zone
 • Total29,398 km2 (11,351 sq mi)
 (2011 Census)
 • Total4,926,765
 • Density167.59/km2 (434.1/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+5:45 (NPT)

Western Development Region (Nepali: पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र - Pashchimānchal Bikās Kshetra) is one of Nepal's five development regions. It is in the west-central part of the country. Its headquarters are at Pokhara.

Geography[change | change source]

The Western Development Region has the Central Development Region to the east, the India to the south, the Mid-Western Development Region to the west and the People's Republic of China to the north.

The region is the second largest Development Region of Nepal. Its area is 29,398 square kilometres (11,351 square miles). It is the third in population with 4,926,765 people living there.[1] Its population density is of 167.6 persons/km2.

Some of the highest mountains of the world are found in this region, in the Himalayas of the Dhawalagiri and Gandaki zones. Among them are Dhaulagiri (8,167 metres [26,795 feet]), Manaslu (8,156 metres [26,759 feet]) and Annapurna (8,091 metres [26,545 feet]).

The most important river in the Western Development Region is the Gandaki, left tributary of the Ganges river.

Cities[change | change source]

Some cities of this region are Pokhara, Baglung, Butwall, Sandhikharka, Tansen, Tilaurakot, etc.

Administrative subdivisions[change | change source]

The region has 3 zones with a total of 16 districts:

Zone Population[2]
Pop. density
Number Names
Dhawalagiri 542,296 8,148 66.6 4 Baglung, Mustang, Myagdi, Parbat
Gandaki 1,549,857 12,275 126.3 6 Gorkha, Kaski, Lamjung, Manang, Syangja, Tanahu
Lumbini 2,834,612 8,975 315.8 6 Arghakhanchi, Gulmi, Kapilvastu, Nawalparasi, Palpa,Rupandehi
Total 9,656,985 27,410 352.3 16

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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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