Kusma, Nepal

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Kushma Municipality

कुश्मा नगरपालिका
Kushma Parbat.jpg
Kushma Municipality is located in Nepal
Kushma Municipality
Kushma Municipality
Location in Nepal
Coordinates: 28°14′N 83°41′E / 28.23°N 83.69°E / 28.23; 83.69Coordinates: 28°14′N 83°41′E / 28.23°N 83.69°E / 28.23; 83.69
Country   Nepal
ZoneDhawalagiri Zone
DistrictParbat District
 • MayorRam Chandra Joshi (NC)
 • Deputy MayorSita Kafle Lamichane (NC)
Time zoneUTC+5:45 (NST)

Kushma is a municipality and the headquarters of Parbat District in Nepal. Kushma municipality was formed by merging thirteen village development committees Pang, Khurkot, Durlung, Shivalaya, Chuwa, Katuwa Chaupari, Pipaltari and Pakuwa on 18 May 2014.[1][2]

This city lies in the western part of Nepal just about 57 km from Pokhara and 12 km from Baglung. Kushma falls under Western Development Region and Dhaulagiri Zone of Nepal.It is located at 28°13'06N 83°40'45E at an altitude of 1294 meters. Kusma Bazaar straddling a narrow and high strip of land between the banks of Kaligandaki and Modi is the main market center of the municipality. A bridge joins Kushma with Gyadichour located on the other side of the deep Modi river canyon.


From early times Kusma has been an important stop for travelers from Baglung on their way to Pokhara, Palpa and Butwal. Businesses catering to these travelers started to spring up leading to establishment of a small market. As more settlers arrived Kusma was declared the headquarters of Parbat district.


Kushma Bazaar is linked with the national road network by Pokhara Baglung Highway. Buses are the primary means of transportation in Kushma. Small size automobiles and jeeps are used for cab services within Kushma Bazar and surrounding settlements. Motorbikes are popular among the youth. Ownership of private cars in Kushma has increased in recent years. The Baglung Airport located across the Kaligandaki river in Balewa of Baglung provided air travel before its closing. Now re-opening of the airport is under consideration.[3] Recently a cable car bridge has come into operation connecting Kushma Bazar and Balewa reducing two long hours of walking to a five-minute ride.

The mechanized bridge connecting Kushma to Balewa.

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