Dhankuta District

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Dhankuta District
धनकुटा जिल्ला
Location of Dhankuta
Location of Dhankuta
Divisions of Dhankuta District
Divisions of Dhankuta District
Country Nepal
Province Province No. 1
Admin HQ. Dhankuta
 • Type Coordination committee
 • Body DCC, Dhankuta
 • Total 892 km2 (344 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 163,412
 • Households 37,616
 • Ethnic Groups Chhetri, Rai, Limbu, Magar
 • Female 53%
Human Development Index
 • Income per capita (US dollars) $1257
 • Poverty rate 15.9%
 • Literacy 74%
 • Life Expectancy 69
Time zone NPT (UTC+5:45)
Main Language(s) Nepali, Limbu, Bantawa, Magar
Website ddcdhankuta.gov.np

Dhankuta District (Nepali: धनकुटा जिल्ला) (About this sound Listen ) is one of 14 districts of Province No. 1 of eastern Nepal. The district covers an area of 891 Km² and has a population (2011) of 163,412.[1] Dhankuta is the district headquarters and a major administrative region in the Eastern region.


The vegetation zones in the district range from sub-tropical Sal forest along the Tamor and Arun rivers, and cooler temperate forests on some of the high ridges that mark the watershed between the two catchments. The altitude ranges from around 300m to 2500m. The majority of the population are involved in agriculture and crops include maize, rice and millet. Important cash crops include citrus fruits, cauliflower, cabbage, ginger, and in recent years, tea. A well-preserved forest (Rani Ban – Queen's Forest) spreads along a ridge line on the northwest side of the village, with well-developed mature stands of rhododendron and sallo (pine) trees.

Geography and Climate[edit]

Climate Zone[2] Elevation Range % of Area
Lower Tropical below 300 meters (1,000 ft)  3.7%
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.


Dhankuta is divided into 3 urban municipalities and 4 rural municipalities.

No. Type Name Nepali Population (2011) Area Website
1 Urban Dhankuta धनकुटा 36,619 111 www.dhankutamun.gov.np
2 Urban Pakhribas पाख्रीबास 22078 144.29 www.pakhribasmun.gov.np
3 Urban Mahalaxmi महालक्ष्मी 24,800 129 www.mahalaxmimundhankuta.gov.np
4 Rural Sangurigadhi सागुरीगढी 21,536 147.6
5 Rural Chaubise चौविसे 19,283 147.6
6 Rural Khalsa Chhintang Sahidbhumi खाल्सा छिन्ताङ सहीदभूमि 18,760 99.55
7 Rural Chhathar Jorpati छथर जोरपाटी 18,322 102.83
District Dhankuta धनकुटा 163,412 892 www.ddcdhankuta.gov.np

Former Municipality and Village Development Committees (VDC/s)[edit]

Map of the VDC/s in Dhankuta District

Tourist areas[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Population and Housing Census 2011(National Report)" (PDF). Central Bureau of Statistics. Government of Nepal. November 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-04-18. Retrieved November 2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ The Map of Potential Vegetation of Nepal - a forestry/agroecological/biodiversity classification system (PDF), . Forest & Landscape Development and Environment Series 2-2005 and CFC-TIS Document Series No.110., 2005, ISBN 87-7903-210-9, retrieved Nov 22, 2013 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 26°58′53″N 87°20′36″E / 26.98139°N 87.34333°E / 26.98139; 87.34333