Surkhet District

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Surkhet District

सुर्खेत जिल्ला
Surkhet district location.png
ProvinceKarnali Province - 6
Admin HQ.Birendranagar
 • TypeCoordination committee
 • BodyDCC, Surkhet
 • Total2,451 km2 (946 sq mi)
 • Total350,804
 • Density140/km2 (370/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+05:45 (NPT)
Main Language(s)Nepali

Surkhet District (Nepali: सुर्खेत जिल्ला, About this soundListen ) a part of Karnali province, is one of the ten districts of Karnali located about 600 kilometres (373 mi) west of the national capital Kathmandu. The district's area is 2,488.64 square kilometres (960.87 sq mi)which is longest in Nepal. It had 288,527 population in 2001 and 350,804 in 2011 which male comprised 169,461 and female 181,381. It is the district headquarters of surkhet and commercial hub of the Karnali state of the new federal republic.[1]

Geography and Climate[edit]

Surkhet Valley is one the Inner Terai Valleys of Nepal. Bordering districts are Jajarkot, Dailekh, and Achham to the north, Bardiya banke district and Kailali to the south, Salyan district to the east, and Doti to the west.

Climate Zone[2] Elevation Range % of Area
Lower Tropical below 300 meters (1,000 ft)  2.2%
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.

Unlike the cold weather of the Karnali mountain region and hot weather of the Outer Terai region, Surkhet has a more moderate climate. Winter temperatures drop to about 5 °C and in summer it goes up to 38 °C. Monsoon brings sufficient rainfall during the rainy season.Surkhet ranks low in overall change in climatic condition. 42% covers with plain fertile land and 43 % of Mahabharat Range. Rest in Siwalik range rich in forest resource.


Adult literacy of 73.1%.

Some government educational institutes:

  • Mid-Western University (MU)
  • Education Campus Surkhet (TU)
  • Jana HS School
  • Shree Krishna Sanskrit and General H.S.S
  • Amar Jyoti HS School
  • Shiva HS school

Some Notable private institutes

  • Sahara Campus
  • Model College (TU)
  • Siddhapaila Campus
  • Kopila Valley School
  • Jana Priya Secondary School
  • Bulbule Bheri Academy
  • Harvest Moon HS School
  • Eager Bridge HS School
  • Usha Balvatika HS School
  • Mount Everest HS School
  • SOS Hermann Gmeiner Higher secondary School
  • Advance School.


Before its own identity as an independent district, it used to be in the district of Dailekh. Surkhet is hub to remote districts like ,Kaalikot, Jumla, Mugu, Jajarkot, and Salyan. Recently because of insurgency, many people have migrated to Surkhet from these districts.

The majority of the people are Bahun and Chettris, and there are minorities which are Newar, Magar, Tharu, Sunaar, and Kaami. Majority of the people are Hindu. Others are Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims.


Surkhet is accessible by air service and roads from various parts of the country. Ratna highway links it to the rest of Nepal. Karnali Highway, recently constructed and being black topped, it will link Surkhet to the remote Western Karnali region. Surkhet Airport in Birendranagar has regular and scheduled flights to Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, Jumla and other districts. The Karnali districts are connected through regular domestic flights. Thousands of hotels, inns and lodges are available during a stay at Birendranagar, the capital of Karnali Province.

Mid-western University started 2010 in Birendranagar and offers 18 varaiable masters degree courses as well as 24 bachelor courses. It is one of the newest educational institute upgrading in recent years. Three colleges offer education up to Master's level. There are many 10+2 schools teaching science, management, humanities, rural development, education etc. Other institutions offer technical education such as veterinary, overseer, computer assistant, assistant health worker and ANM.

There is a regional hospital in Kalagaun. Nepal Red Cross Society, Surkhet Eye Hospital is main eye care service provider which is located at Budhapath in Birendranagar Municipality in Surkhet. There are many NGOs and INGOs working in this area for development. The INF Surkhet Programme is one of the oldest organizations working in the health and development sector. There are other INGOs like GTZ, DFID, DANIDA, USAID, Oxfam, and the BlinkNow Foundation.


Tourist attractions are places like Kakrebihar temple, Bulbule Lake, Deutibajai temple, Mangalgadhi, Gothikanda, Ghantaghar, Bheri river and others with religious as well as historic values popular all over the world. Kakrebihar is the remains of an old Buddhist Monastery (palace), which is in the list of national heritage sites in Nepal. Bheri river is a well known destination for rafting and Paragliding has been recently started in Surkhet. Birendranagar is one of Nepal's few cities built under a master plan. Popularly known as "Gateway to karnali", visitors can find thousand of hotel and restaurant which is increasing in trend. Rara (biggest lake of Nepal), Shey phoksundo lake, five religious sites inside Dailekh, Kubinde lake ( Salyan) and several picturesque terrains can be taken into account through roadway Ratna Highway (named after Queen Ratna Rajya laxmi devi Shah) and Jumla Highway. Surkhet is open to Tourist connecting way to Kailash Mansarowar Tibet through Flights and helicopter charter from Nepalgunj or roadway Surkhet. Shortest fasttrack of Nepal that connects Chinese and Indian border is under construction.[when?] Unlikely, tourists can find the hottest place Nepalgunj to colder area in Nepal.


On 10 March 2017 Government of Nepal restricted old administrative structures and announced 744 new local level units as per the new constitution of Nepal 2015, [3] thus cancelled all Village development committees and introduce Gaupalika (Rural municipality) and some new urban municipalities with the old urban municipalities (made some changes in area of old municipalities).

According to new structure Surkhet district divided into five municipality (urban) and four rural municipalities:

Nr. Municipality Rural municipality Official web
1 Birendranagar Chaukune Birendranagar Chaukune
2 Bheriganga Barahatal Bheriganga Barahatal
3 Gurbha Kot Chingad Gurbhakot Chingad
4 Panchapuri Simta Panchapuri Simta
5 Lekbesi Lekbeshi[4]


  1. ^ "स्थानीय तहहरुको विवरण" [Details of the local level bodies]. (in Nepali). Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  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
  3. ^ "New local level structure comes into effect from today". The Himalayan Times. 10 March 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  4. ^ Lekbeshi
"Districts of Nepal". Statoids.

Coordinates: 28°36′N 81°38′E / 28.600°N 81.633°E / 28.600; 81.633