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Western Development Region (पश्चिमाञ्चल - Paścimāñcala)
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Country  Nepal
Zones Gandaki, Lumbini, Dhawalagiri
Headquarters Pokhara
Area 29,398 km² (11,351 sq mi)
Population 4,926,765 (2011)
Density 168 /km² (435 /sq mi)
Timezone NPT (UTC+5:45)
ISO 3166-2 NP-3

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


The Western Development Region has the Central Development Region to the east, the India to the south, the Mid-Western Development Region to the west and the People's Republic of China to the north.

It is the second largest Development Region of Nepal with an area of 29,398 km2 (11,351 sq mi) and the third in population with 4,926,765 people living there; its population density is of 167.6 persons/km2.

Some of the highest mountains of the world are found in this region, in the Himalayas of the Dhawalagiri and Gandaki zones. Among them are Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Manaslu (8,156 m) and Annapurna (8,091 m).

The most important river in the Western Development Region is the Gandaki, left tributary of the Ganges river.


Some cities of this region are Pokhara, Baglung, Butwall, Sandhikharka, Tansen, Tilaurakot, etc.

Administrative subdivisions

The region has 3 Zones with a total of 16 Districts:

Zone Population
Pop. density
Number Names
Dhawalagiri 542,296 8,148 66.6 4 Baglung, Mustang, Myagdi, Parbat
Gandaki 1,549,857 12,275 126.3 6 Gorkha, Kaski, Lamjung, Manang, Syangja, Tanahu
Lumbini 2,834,612 8,975 315.8 6 Arghakhanchi, Gulmi, Kapilvastu, Nawalparasi, Palpa,Rupandehi
Total 9,656,985 27,410 352.3 16

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