Kanchanpur District

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कञ्चनपुर जिल्ला
Location of Kanchanpur
Location of Kanchanpur
Country Nepal
Region Far-Western (Sudur Pashchimanchal)
Zone Mahakali
Established 1860
Headquarters Mahendranagar
 • Total 1,610 km2 (620 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 451,248
 • Density 280/km2 (730/sq mi)
Time zone NPT (UTC+5:45)
Main language(s) Rana Tharu(69%), Nepali language (22%), Kumauni / Dotiyali-Achhami(6%), others (3%)

Kanchanpur District (Nepali: कञ्चनपुर जिल्लाAbout this sound Listen , a part of Mahakali Zone in [Terai] plain, is one of seventy-five districts of Nepal. It is located in southern-west of Nepal. It is bordered with Kailali district in east, Dadeldhura district in north and with India in south and west.

If we look into the historical background, before the unification of Nepal, this district was the part of Doti Kingdom. Nepal lost it to the East India Company after Anglo-Nepalese war (1814-1816) between the then Kingdom of Nepal and East India Company followed by Sugauli Treaty. Later on after treaty of 1860, Nepal recoverd this land along with Kailali, Banke and Bardiya. Its first headquarters was Belauri Municipality and the current headquarter Mahendranagr was declared in 2019 B.S.

The majority of population is occupied by ethnic Tharu community and minor group are the peoples that have migrated from northern hilly region. The district is renowned for Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve and 1456.97 meters long multispan suspension bridge over Mahakali River.

Jhilmila Lake, Bedkot Lake, Bandatal, Shovatal and Vishnu Temple are the other places ot tourist attraction.

Geographical Location[edit]

It expands from 28 degree 38 minutes to 29 degree 28 minutes Northern latitudes and 80 degree 03 minutes to 80 degree 33 minutes Eastern Longitudes.

Climate Zone[1] Elevation Range  % of Area
Lower Tropical below 300 meters (1,000 ft) 85.2%
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.

Political divisions[edit]

  • Election constituencies: 4
  • Municipalities:3
  1. Bhimdatta – ninth-biggest city of Nepal
  2. Belauri
  3. Punarbas
  4. Jhalari Pipladi

Village Development Committees[edit]

Map of the VDCs in Kanchanpur District


Communication and Media[edit]

FM Stations and News Papers of Kanchanpur District

  • Suklaphanta FM 99.4 MHz
  • Mahakali FM 96.2 MHz
  • Farwest Times
  • Chure Times
  • Mahendranagar Post
  • Abhiyan Daily
  • Paschim Nepal Daily
  • Dainik Khabar Daily
  • New Janakranti Daily
  • Nagarik FM 104.3 MHz
  • Radio Rastriya 89.8 MHz
  • Radio barasinga 102.2 MHz
  • Radio paschim Nepal 91.0 MHz, 500 wt
  • Radio kanchanpur 90.2 MHz
  • Radio Pahichaan fm 105.3 MHz
  • Radio SudurSanchar Belauri
  • Radio Belauri 105 MHz
  • Belauri Post Weekly
  • prabhu fm 102.5

Lakes In Kanchanpur District[edit]

  • Bandatal
  • Betkot lake
  • Pyara Tal
  • Jhilmila Lake
  • Shova Tal


  1. ^ 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 87-7803-210-9, retrieved Nov 22, 2013 
  2. ^ Government of Nepal, National Planning Commission Secretariat. "National Population and Housing Census 2011 -Kanchanpur" (PDF). http://cbs.gob.np. Central Bureau of Statistics, Nepal. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 

Coordinates: 28°50′N 80°20′E / 28.833°N 80.333°E / 28.833; 80.333