|Province||Province No. 5|
|• Type||Coordination committee|
|• Body||DCC, Arghākhānchī|
|• Total||1,193 km2 (461 sq mi)|
|• Density||170/km2 (430/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+05:45 (NPT)|
Arghakhanchi (Nepali: अर्घाखाँची जिल्लाListen (help·info)) is one of the districts of Province No. 5 in Nepal. The district headquarter is Sandhikharka. The district covers an area of 1,193 km2 (461 sq mi) and has a population (2011) of 197,632. Its neighboring districts are Palpa in the east, Gulmi in the north, Kapilvastu District in the south and Pyuthan in the west.
The district consists of two pre-unification principalities Argha and Khanchi. Argha (Nepali:अर्घा) was the name given to ritual offerings made at the former principality's main Bhagwati Temple. Khanchi may come from the word Khajanchi (Nepali:खजाञ्चि) or tax collector since the center of the latter principality was known for its tax office. Both were two of the Chaubisi rajya (24 principalities) middled in the Gandaki Basin. In 1786 A.D. (1843 BS) during the unification of Nepal the two were annexed by Gorkha. Later the merger was renamed “Arghakhanchi” and added to Gulmi District. Arghakhanchi became a separate district in 1961 A.D. (2018 BS).
According to the 2011 census the total population was 197,632. Of these 86,266 were male and 111,366 are female. The total number of households was 46,835 and the average household size 4.22 on the basis of usual place of residence. The sex ratio (number of males per 100 females) was 77.5 and population density was 166. The major religion of this district is Hindu, followed by Islam.
Geography and climate
Arghakhanchi lies between 27'45"N and 28'6"N latitude, and 80'45"E to 83'23"E longitude. It covers 1,193 km2. The altitude of the district varies from 305 to 2515 meter above the sea level. 68% of the district is in the mountainous Mahabharat Range and the rest is in the Siwalik Hills. Elevations range from 305–2575 m above sea level and about 40% of the total area is forested.
The major rivers of the district are Bangi khola, Bangsari Khola, Mathurabesi Khola, Banganga Khola, Durga khola, Sita khola, Khakabesi Khola, Rangsing Khola, Ratne Khola, Jhimruk Khola, and Khankbesi Khola. The major lakes of the district are Thada lake and Sengleng lake.
|Climate zone||Elevation range||% of area|
|Lower Tropical||below 300 meters (1,000 ft)||0.2%|
|Upper Tropical||300 to 1,000 meters
1,000 to 3,300 ft.
|Subtropical||1,000 to 2,000 meters
3,300 to 6,600 ft.
|Temperate||2,000 to 3,000 meters
6,400 to 9,800 ft.
- Sandhikharka Municipality
- Sitganga Municipality
- Bhumikasthan Municipality
- Chhatradev Rural Municipality
- Panini Rural Municipality
- Malarani Rural Municipality
Towns and villages
The major town in the district is Sandhikharka which is the headquarter of Arghakhanchi district in the Lumbini Zone of Nepal. It is located almost 300 km (190 mi) southwest of Nepal's capital of Kathmandu.
Due to a high literacy rate, Sandhikharka once attracted people from outside Arghakhanchi district for its good schools.
There are many small villages in the district, including Mareng, Bhagawati, Asurkot, Chhatradev Arghakhanchi, Chhatragunj Arghakhanchi Lamchi, Balkot, Bangi, Dharapani, Sandhikharka Dhikura, Dibharna, Khanchikot, Kimadada, Kura, Phudbang, Bangla, Adguri, Khana, Khanadaha, Pali, and Dhatiwang.
One of the famous schools of Arghakhanchi is in Hatari Neta which provides one of the finest education in the level of government sector. They are said to have good facilities in terms of roads, electric power, education, etc. Villages in the west and south part of the district have relatively little development as compared to the villages of the north and east side. Sano Gaun is the most popular place for visit. Lamchi is another popular village in Arghakhanchi. Deurali temple is one the famous temple for all those local people as well as people who are near the Arghakachi district.
In the context of visiting and religious place there of lots of temples and monuments on this districts which includes Supa Deurali, Argha Mandir and other temples. The income of people solely depends on the remittance and the agriculture. Some people are also engaged in the shops.
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