Baglung is one of the 77 districts of Nepal. It is 275 km west of Kathmandu. It is the administrative headquarters of Baglung District and Dhaulagiri Zone.
This district serves as the major centre for business, finance, education, service and healthcare for the people of mid-Kali Gandaki valley.
This districts Bazar is situated on a plateau overlooking the Kali Gandaki gorge directly south of the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. Steep cliffs rising from the valley flank the plateau on three sides. City limits are roughly determined by the Theule Khola to the south, Kali Gandaki river to the east and Dhodeni Khola to the north.
Pilgrims from India and rest of Nepal travelling to Muktinath and traders seeking to barter grains from the south with salt from Tibet frequented a trade route along the banks of Kaligandaki river since ancient times.
There are 57,823 inhabitants in this municipality as per the report of the state restructuring committee (2017). The annual population growth rate is 3.03% (Census 2011). Apart from Nepali, other languages spoken include Newari, Gurung, Thakali, Tibetan and Magar.
This district is a multicultural and multiracial community. Majority of the population belongs to ethnic communities of Brahmin, Magar, Chhetri, Chhantyal, and Dalits. Smaller groups of Newar, Gurung and Thakali also live in the area.
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