|Time zone||Nepal Time (UTC+5:45)|
|Post code||10400, 10406|
Bhim Datta (Nepali: भीमदत्त नगरपालिका), formerly known as Mahendranagar (महेन्द्रनगर), is a city and municipality in far western Nepal, six kilometres from the border of India and the Mahakali River. It is the headquarters of the district of Kanchanpur in Mahakali Zone.
Bhim Datta is the 9th largest city in Nepal. It is 5 km east of the Indian border and 700 km west of Kathmandu. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census, it had a population of 62,050. According to the census of 2001, the city's population was 80,839. Bhim Datta is a hub of activity for industries running between India and Nepal. It is also a gateway to Shuklaphanta National Park. The city was originally established by late Shri Ghadsi Ram Sarawagi, who hailed from Birgunj in Parsa District and named it Mahendranagar in the honor of late king Mahendra of Nepal. After becoming a republic in 2008, the city name was changed to Bhim Datta.
Indigenous people are the Ranatharus but now people from all over country have migrated to the area but mostly from the districts such as Baitadi and Dadeldhura. Bhim Datta is now the unique combination of all ethnic groups representing the overall society of Nepal. The festivals celebrated by people in Bhim Datta fully reflect the blend of all groups. The ethnic Tharu people celebrate Dhikri festival while Brahmin and Chhetri of Farwestern origin primarily celebrate Gora (commonly called Gaura Parba). Later Deepawali or Diwali appears as a major festival which includes Laxmi Pooja, Gai Tihar, and Bhai Tika. More recently Dashain has been accepted as a major festival.
Bhim Datta is the main business centre of the Mahakali Zone and it is a major provider of education, health and employment opportunities in west Nepal. Mahakali Zonal Hospital and other private hospitals provide health care. Similarly, Siddhanath Science Campus, Siddhanath Multiple Campus, Amity College of Management, Mahendranagar Medical College,Ninglashaini Higher Secondary School, Radiant Higher Secondary School, Adarsh College (Brixton College), International Public Higher Secondary School,Shree Rastriya Bal vidayalaya and other colleges provide advanced education. That is why students from other regions migrate here for education.
Transport and Communication
Telephone fax, email and Internet are available here, there is a domestic airport in Bhim Datta with air service to Kathmandu. Bus service connects Bhim Datta to all the other parts of the country. Mahendra Highway, the longest highway of Nepal has its one end in Bhim Datta the other being in eastern city Kankarbhitta. There is a customs post for goods and third country nationals, while Indian and Nepalese nationals may cross the border freely. Banbasa, Uttarakhand state, India is on the other side. Bhim Datta is the nearest place in Nepal to New Delhi, capital of India. Bhim Datta is also connected by sub-highways to hill towns Dipayal, Baitadi, Amargadhi, and Darchula.
To promote local culture Mahendranagar has three community radio stations: Radio Mahakali - 96.2MHz, Shuklaphanta FM - 94.4MHz, and Angel - FM 104.3., sudur sanchar FM
- "Nepal Census 2001". Nepal's Village Development Committees. Digital Himalaya. Retrieved November 24, 2008.