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Mid-Western Development Region (मध्य पश्चिमाञ्चल - Madhya Paścimāñcala)
Lake Rara in the Mugu District
Country  Nepal
Zones Rapti, Karnali, Bheri
Headquarters Birendranagar
Area 42,378 km² (16,362 sq mi)
Population 3,546,682 (2011)
Density 84 /km² (218 /sq mi)
Timezone NPT (UTC+5:45)
ISO 3166-2 NP-2

Mid-Western Development Region (Nepali:मध्य पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र - Madhya Pashchimānchal Bikās Kshetra) is one of Nepal's five development regions. It is in the west-central part of the country with headquarters at Birendranagar, Surkhet.


The Mid-Western Development Region has the Western Development Region to the east, Uttar Pradesh (India) to the south, the Far-Western Development Region to the west and the Tibet Autonomous Region (People's Republic of China) to the north.

It is the largest Development Region of Nepal with an area of 42,378 km2 (16,362 sq mi) but the fourth in population with 3,546,682 people living there; its population density is the lowest of all the regions, with 83.7 persons/km2.

The most important river in the Mid-Western Development Region is the Karnali or Kauriala, known as Ghaghara in India. It is an important left tributary of the Ganges river. With a length, in Nepal, of 507 km (315 mi) is the largest river of the country.

Some of the tributaries of the Karnali are the West Rapti, Bheri and the Seti rivers.

The biggest lake of Nepal, Lake Rara, is in this region, in the Mugu district of the Karnali Zone.


Some cities of this region are Birendranagar, Chinchu, Babiyachour, Tribhuvannagar (Ghorahi), Nepalgunj,Tulsipur, etc.

Administrative subdivisions

The region has 3 Zones with a total of 15 Districts:

Zone Population
Pop. density
Number Names
Bheri 1,701,767 10,545 161.4 5 Banke, Bardiya, Dailekh, Jajarkot, Surkhet
Karnali 388,713 21,351 18.2 5 Dolpa, Humla, Jumla, Kalikot, Mugu
Rapti 1,456,202 10,482 138.9 5 Dang Deokhuri, Pyuthan, Rolpa, Rukum, Salyan
Total 3,546,682 42,378 83.7 15

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