Pyuthan

Pyuthan District lies on the northern slopes of Mahabharata Range in mid-western region of Nepal. Pyuthan, one of the districts of Rapti zone, covers an area of 1309 sq. km. Pyuthan Khalanga is the district headquarters of Pyuthan District. It is situated 250 km west of Kathmandu.

Climate

The district has four types of climates: upper tropical ranges from 300 to 1000 meters, subtropical from 1000 to 200 meters, temperate from 2000 to 3000 meters and subalpine ranges from 3000 m to 4000 m. The temperature reaches 40° C in May and in winter it falls to single digits. Snow occasionally falls on adjacent peaks reaching 2400 m but seldom lasts more than a day or two.

Geography

Pyuthan borders Dang district to the southwest along the crest of the Mahabharata Range and extends about 50 km northeast through the middle hills. Pyuthan borders Rolpa district to the west. 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.

Historical and Cultural Places

Okharkot

Okharkot is a town and Village Development Committee in Pyuthan.

Swargadwari

Swargadwari is one of the famous pilgrimage sites. It is located in southern part of Pyuthan district. It lies on the top of a hill at an elevation of 2100 m (6890 ft.). Some people believe that is the doorway (Dwar) to heaven (Swarga). The light flame in the temple never went off.

Airabati

Airabati is a populated locality and is located in Rapti Zone, Mid-Western Region of Nepal. The estimate terrain elevation above sea level is 567 meters.