Name of 14 Zones in Nepal with Facts & Information

  1. Karnali zone

Karnali is the zone of the country lying in the Mid-western development region. The area of the zone is 21351 km2 (13266.89 sq mi). The population count according to 2001 census is 309,084. Jumla is headquartered in Karnali zone. Karnali Zone is the largest zone of Nepal with the largest district Mugu, with two national parks. Shey Phoksundo National Park Shey Phoksundo (with Phoksundo Lake– the deepest lake of Nepal), famous for the snow leopard, is Nepal’s largest park with an area of 3,555 km2. Rara National Park surrounds Rara Lake — at 10.2 km2, Nepal’s largest lake known as the “Pearl of Nepal”. Karnali among all the other 14 zones in the country is one of the least reachable zones where the hills and mountains are the barriers for the development of the place in the developing country like Nepal with various natural hazards, but of course, the people living there have the best effort to the agriculture and animal husbandry.

It comprises of five districts. The five districts with their headquarters are;

  • Dolpa, Dunai
  • Humla, Simikot
  • Jumla, Jumla
  • Kalikot, Manma
  • Mugu, Gamghadi

Dolpa district covers an area of 7,889 km2 (3,046 sq mi) and with a population of 36,700 according to census 2011. This district is the largest districts of Nepal which cover 5.36% of the total area of Nepal. The large portion of this district is covered by Shey-phoskundo National Park.  Humla district covers an area of 5,655 km² with the population of 50,858 as per the census of 2011.Jumla district covers an area of 2,531 km² and according to the census 2011, the population of the district is 108,921. Kalikot district covers an area of 1,741 km², and as of 2011, the population of this district is 136,948. Mugu covers an area of 3,535 km² and has a population of 55,286 according to 2011. This district is also the most remote and least developed district of Nepal. The largest lake of Nepal, Rara lake is also situated in this district. Many tourists visit this lake every year.

  1. Bheri zone

This zone is situated in Mid-western development region. The headquarter of this zone is Nepalgunj. The famous cities and towns of this zone are Narayan, Jajarkot, and Chhinchu in the “hills”; Nepalgunj, Gularia, and Kohalpur in Terai; and Birendranagar in Surkhet Valley in the Inner Terai.

Bheri zone comprises of five districts. And, the headquarters of the districts are;

  • Banke, Nepalgunj
  • Bardiya, Gularia
  • Dailekh, Khalanga
  • Jajarkot, Jajarkot
  • Surkhet, Birendranagar

Banke district covers an area of 2,337 km² and has a population of 491,313 as of 2011. The main cities of this district is Kohalpur, Khajura bazaar and Nepalgunj. Bardiya district covers an area of 2,025 km² and according to the 2011 census the population is 426,576. Most of the land of this districts are covered by fertile land. Dailekh district covers an area of 1,502 km² and according to the census 2011, the population is 261,770. Jajarkot district covers an area of 2,230 km and has a population of 171,304 as of census of 2011. The northern part of this district is inhabited by the Buddhist and the southern part is inhabited by Hindu. Surkhet district covers an area of 2,451 square kilometers. According to the census 2011, the population of this district is 350,804. The places like Kakrebihar, Bulbule, Deutibajai, Mangalgadhi, Gothikanda, Ghantaghar, Bheri river carries the religious and historic values attracts the tourism. Bheri river is well-known for rafting.

  1. Seti zone

Seti zone is located in Far-western development region. The headquarter of this zone is Dipayal- silgadhi. The major city of this zone is Dhangadi which is located in Terai region.

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The zone consists of five districts which are;

  • Accham, Mangalsen
  • Bajhang, Chainpur
  • Bajura, Martadi
  • Doti, Silgadhi
  • Kailali, Dhangadi

Accham district covers an area of 1,692 km² and has a population (2011) of 257,477 according to census 2011. It is one of the remotest districts of Nepal. Bajhang district covers an area of 3,422 km² and as of 2011, it has a population of 195,159. Bajura district covers an area of 2,188 km² and has a population of 134,912 as of 2011. The average literacy rate of this district is only 32%. Doti district covers an area of 2,025 square kilometers (782 sq mi) and a population of 211,746 as of 2011. Kailali district covers an area of 3,235 square kilometers with a population of 775,709 as of 2011.

  1. Mahakali zone

The Mahakali zone is situated in Far-western development region. This zone covers an area of 6,205 km2 and located in the most western part of the country. It extended along Nepal’s far western border with India, marked by the Kali River or Mahakali River. Mahakali’s headquarters is Bhimdatta (formerly called Mahendranagar) in Kanchanpur District. The zone covers the Himalayan range which includes API Peak in the North, Hill valleys, Inner Terai valleys including Patan Municipality in Baitadi District in the center and the outer Terai in the South. The name of Mahakali zone is derived from the Kali River.

Mahakali zone consists of four districts;

  • Baitadi, Baitadi- Khalanga
  • Dadeldhura, Dadeldhura
  • Darchula, Darchula-Khalanga
  • Kanchanpur, Bhimdutta

Baitadi districts cover an area of 1,519 km2 and have a population of 250,898 according to the census 2011. Dadeldhura district covers an area of 1,538 km² and has a population of 142,094 in 2011. The language spoken in this district is Dotyal. Darchula district covers an area of 2,322 km² and has a population of 133,274 as of 2011.  Kanchanpur district covers an area of 1,610 square kilometers (620 sq mi) and has a population of 171,304 as of 2011.

 See also:

Words: zones of Nepal, 14 zones of Nepal, 14 zones in Nepal, zones in Nepal, zones, Nepal, zones Nepal, Nepal zones, zone of Nepal, division on Nepal, Nepal is divided,

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