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Pyuţhān Jillā
प्युठान जिल्ला
Pyuthan (red)
Pyuthan (red)
Country Nepal
Region Mid-Western (grey)
Zone Rapti (darker grey)
Headquarters Pyuthan Khalanga
 • Total 1,309 km2 (505 sq mi)
Population (2011[1])
 • Total 226,796
 • Density 170/km2 (450/sq mi)
Time zone NPT (UTC+5:45)
Main language(s) Nepali, Newari, Khamkura, English

Coordinates: 28°05′N 082°50′E / 28.083°N 82.833°E / 28.083; 82.833 (Pyuthan District, Nepal)

Pyuthan District(Nepali: प्युठान जिल्लाAbout this sound Listen , is a "hill" district some 250 km west of Kathmandu in Rapti Zone of Nepal's Mid-Western Region. Pyuthan covers an area of 1,309 km² with population of 212,484 in 2001 and 226,796 in 2011. Pyuthan Khalanga is the district's administrative center.

Geography and Climate[edit]

Districts of Rapti Zone with Pyuthan on right in yellow

Pyuthan borders Dang Deukhuri District to the southwest along the crest of the Mahabharat Range and extends about 50 km northeast through the Middle Hills to a 3,000+ meter ridge that is both Pyuthan's border with Baglung district of Dhaulagiri Zone and the main watershed between the (west) Rapti and Gandaki River basins.[2] Pyuthan borders Rolpa district to the west. Of the two upper tributaries of the West Rapti River, Pyuthan contains all of Jhimruk Khola and the lower part of Madi Khola after it exits Rolpa. The Madi-Jhimruk confluence is in southern Pyuthan, in the Mahabharat Range.[3] On the southeast Pyuthan borders Lumbini Zone including Arghakhanchi and Gulmi districts.

The valley of Jhimruk Khola is the core of Pyuthan district. Its alluvial plain is intensively planted in rice during the summer monsoon. Wheat is grown as the winter crop. Madi Khola has eroded an inner gorge and is less suited to traditional irrigated agriculture.

Climate Zone[4] Elevation Range  % of Area
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.
Subalpine 3,000 to 4,000 meters
9,800 to 13,100 ft.

Castes and Occupations[edit]

Bahun and Chhetri farmers cultivate irrigated fields along the Jhimruk and unirrigated fields partway up the hillsides. They are served by Newar merchants and service castes such as Damai (tailor/musician), Gaine (minstrel), Kami (blacksmith), Kumal (potter), Sarki (tanner/leatherworker) and Sunar (goldsmith). Highlands around the valley are mostly inhabited by Magars, including Kham Magars at higher elevations. The district center Pyuthan Khalanga is situated on a hillside east of the Jhimruk, some 500 meters above it.

Population by Census 1971-2011[5][6][edit]


The valleys have a subtropical climate with temperatures reaching 40 Celsius in May and falling to single digits in winter. There is a little too much winter chill for bananas and papayas. At about 800m elevation, the Jhimruk Valley approaches the upper limit for mangoes, however Madi Khola is lower. Citrus, asian pear and mulberries are grown as cash crops in surrounding hills. Maize is grown on sloping un-irrigated bari fields up to about 2,000m. Snow occasionally falls on adjacent peaks reaching 2,400m but seldom lasts more than a day or two.


At Cherneta the Jhimruk hydroelectric project exploits the Jhimruk bending within 2 km of Madi Khola[7] while some 200 meters higher. It has a capacity of 12 megawatts and supplies electricity for lighting, electronics and machinery. Electricity is considered too costly for cooking and heating, so firewood is still in widespread use with limited use of biogas.

Jhimruk valley with Madi Khola valley beyond and Mahabharat Lekh on horizon.

Scheduled buses serve Pyuthan via a spur road off the main east-west Mahendra Highway at Bhalubang in Lalmitiya VDC, Deukhuri Valley.[8] An old trade route was upgraded for motor vehicles in conjunction with the Jhimruk hydro project and is now (2010) being paved. A longer, now less-traveled gravel road from Tribhuvannagar (Ghorahi) in Dang Valley traverses the Mahabharat Range to Tiram, then descends toward Madi Khola to join the Bhalubang road at Devisthan. The Madi is then followed 1 km. upstream to Chakchake where a left fork continues further upstream into Rolpa district while the main road climbs to cross a low pass at Cherneta and descend into the valley of Jhimruk Khola. At Bijuwar Bazaar about 10 km. beyond Chakchake this road forks again with a branch continuing north along the Jhimruk while the main road crosses the Jhimruk and climbs to Khalanga the district's administrative center.


Pyuthan was one of 24 small kingdoms in the Chaubisi Rajya confederation before Prithvi Narayan Shah unified modern Nepal in the second half of the 18th century. Since Dang Deukhuri District to the south and Salyan District to the west belonged to another confederation called Baise Rajya, Pyuthan was a western outpost of the Chaubisi and probably a defense perimeter defended by forts, for example at Okharkot.

Pyuthan is home district of Dr. Yadav Pandit a research scholar working in the field of Experimental Nuclear Physics. Dr. Pandit is an expert in measurements of anisotropy, studying fluid-like behavior and phase transitions in the dense and highly excited matter created in heavy ion collisions.

Pyuthan is also the home district of Mohan Bikram Singh (1935-), a founder of the Communist Party of Nepal. Singh's organizational work in Pyuthan and other districts of Rapti Zone laid the basis for the area becoming the so-called "heartland" of the Maoist insurgency 1996-2006 that cost over 12,000 lives but was instrumental in transforming the country from a kingdom ruled by the Shah dynasty into a republic. Other prominent communist leaders from Pyuthan include Mohan Baidhya, Lila Mani Pokhrel, Bamdev Gautam and Navraj Subedi.

Pyuthan is also the home district of Anirudra Sharma (Parliament 1959-1960), Sibraj Subedi (former minister and Parliament 1991-1998), Mukti Prasad Sharma of Nepali Congress Party (Parliament 1991-1914) and Khem Raj Pandit of the conservative and royalist Rastriya Prajatantra Party. Find more about some of the famous people from Pyuthan district at People from Pyuthan district

V.D.C.s (and other towns in parentheses)[edit]

VDCs in Pyuthan

Historic and Cultural Sites[9][edit]

  • Airabati, Asurkot
  • Bandhikot, Bhagawati Temple, Bhawaniswari Temple, Bhimsensthan, Bhimsen Temple (Kutichaur), Bhimsen Temple (Megazun), Bhimsen Temple (Bijbazar), Bhitrikot Cave, Bhitrikot Durbar, Bhringri Kot, Bhumesthan (Khaira), Bijulikot, Birdisthan
  • Chhetrapal Temple
  • Devi Bhagawati, Devi Bhagawati Temple, Devi Temple, Dhunge Gadhi, Dubanasthan
  • Ganesh Temple, Ganeshsthan, Gaumukhi, Gorakhnath Temple (Khaira), Gorakhnath Temple (Dakha Kwadi), Gorakhnath Temple (Bijbazar)
  • Jalpadevi Temple, (Bijbazar – Bhagwati), Jalpadevi Temple (Bijbazar), Jhankristhan (Khaira)
  • Kalidevi Temple, Kali Temple, Kalika Malika, Khadga Devata Temple, Khalanga Shivalaya, Khungrikot
  • Laxmi Narayan Temple
  • Masta Mandau, Mehelnath Temple
  • Okharkot
  • Phalaharisthan, Pyuthan Magazine
  • Radha Krishna Temple, Rameswar Temple, Rani Pauwa
  • Saraswati Temple, Sarikot, Shiva Temple (Khaira),Shiva Temple (Lung), Shiva Temple (Bangeshal), Shiva Temple (Khalanga), Shivalaya, Siddha Devatasthan (Belbas), Siddha Sansarsthan (Dakha Kwadi)
  • Swargadwari—a hilltop temple complex and pilgrimage site celebrating the importance of cows in Hinduism—is located in the southern part of Pyuthan.
  • Tatopani Shivalaya, Tripurasundari, Tusharakot Isnasthan
  • Udayapur Kot
  • Pandeydada khalanga Shree Satyadevi Bhagwati Mandir, 12-bhai Baraha Dev Mandir


  • Besides the United Nations/Nepal map of districts and VDCs shown above, their Map Centre[10] has a downloadable PDF version adding municipalities, roads and water detail:
"Pyuthan District" (Map) (PDF). Retrieved Jan 31, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
Topographic sheets at 1:25,000 scale covering 7.5 minutes latitude and longitude map the Terai and Middle Mountains. Less populated high mountain regions are on 15 minute sheets at 1:50,000. JPG scans can be downloaded here:[14]
These sheets cover Pyuthan District:
  1. 2782 3B "Hasipur" (1998)
  2. 2782 4A "Bangesal" (1997)
  3. 2782 4B "Amili" (1998)
  4. 2783 1A "Dhanchaur" (1998)
  5. 2882 12C "Gam" (1999)
  6. 2882 12D "Shauliban" (1999)
  7. 2882 15A "Holeri" (1999)
  8. 2882 15B "Khungrichaur" (1999)
  9. 2882 15C "Bach Pokhara" (1998)
  10. 2882 15D "Swargadwari" (1999)
  11. 2882 16A "Sirpa" (1998)
  12. 2882 16B "Machchhi" (1999)
  13. 2882 16C "Bijuwar" (1998)
  14. 2882 16D "Pyuthan Khalanga" (1998)
  15. 2883 09C "Rajawara" (1999)
  16. 2883 13A "Purkot Daha" (1998)
  17. 2883 13C "Bamruk" (1999)


  1. ^ Central Bureau of Statistics, Kathmandu, Nepal, Jan. 2014
  2. ^ http://www.cbs.gov.np/Gis_Maps/General/Major%20Rivers.gif near 28.3N latitude, 83E longitude
  3. ^ http://www.cbs.gov.np/Gis_Maps/General/Major%20Rivers.gif near 27.9N latitude, 82.9E longitude
  4. ^ 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 
  5. ^ #"Districts of Nepal". Statoids. Gwillim Law. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ #National Population and Housing Census 2011, Volume 3 (PDF). Kathmandu, Nepal: Government of Nepal, Central Bureau of Statistics. January 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.cbs.gov.np/Gis_Maps/General/Major%20Rivers.gif near 28.1N latitude, 82.8E longitude
  8. ^ http://www.un.org.np/maps/district-maps/mid-western/Pyuthan.pdf Detailed map of Pyuthan showing streams and roads as well as political subdivisions
  9. ^ Bhandari, Bishnu, ed. (1997). Inventory of heritage sites in Nepal. Kathmandu: IUCN Nepal. Retrieved April 15, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Map Centre". United Nations, Nepal Information Platform. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Government of Nepal, Survey Department". Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Land Administration & Management, Mapping, Surveying and Aerial Photography, Major Reference Projects" (PDF). FinnMap. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Japan International Cooperation Agency". Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Nepal-Topo Maps". PAHAR Mountains of Central Asia Digital Dataset. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0700

PYUTHAN, Sept 8: Until a few years ago, whenever she attended an entrepreneurs´ group meeting, she felt hesitant to even introduce herself before the members. However, Chitrakali Budha, who is barely literate, introduces herself with confidence these ...


Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:30:51 -0700

PYUTHAN, June 2: The death toll has increased to 18 in Monday evening´s bus accident in a village of Pyuthan district. Altogether 63 pilgrims have been injured in the accident. The bus (Lu 1 Kha 3803), operated by West Nepal Public Transport ...

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Sun, 12 Jul 2015 08:26:43 -0700

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Fri, 25 Apr 2014 19:52:40 -0700

PYUTHAN, April 25: Its production needs no high-tech investment but only interest and effort on the part of locals. At the most, the work requires the collection of suitable lokta or daphne shrub bark and drying out the handmade paper at the end of the ...
Thu, 01 May 2014 10:08:21 -0700

Tanjing was last arrested on the basis of a clue by Khim Bahadur KC, who hails from Lung village of Pyuthan district. When Khim Bahadur, who is also known as Maheshwor, was arrested for allegedly killing a rhino in Madi area of the CNP, involvement of ...


Fri, 20 Jun 2014 01:26:15 -0700

In neighboring Pyuthan district, three people were killed and two others reported missing after a landslide swept away their homes, located on the riverbank, local police official Deepak Regmi said. Scores of people die every year from flooding and ...
Thu, 26 May 2005 07:36:34 -0700

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Mon, 15 Nov 2004 02:31:01 -0800

In her home up a steep wooden staircase in Sandhikharka, a district capital in Nepal's mid-hills, 15-year-old Pratiba Acharya is extremely bored. She is confined to her tiny bedroom, its walls lined with pop-star posters and her schoolbooks piled high ...

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