Bhaktapur district located in the eastern part of Kathmandu valley is the smallest among the seventy-seven districts of Nepal. It is part of Bagmati Pradesh. The district, with Bhaktapur as its district headquarters, covers an area of 119 km2 (46 sq mi) and in 2011 had a population of 304,651 of whom 9,701 people were absent (mostly working abroad).

This district has been making tremendous achievements in the educational sector. The average literacy rate of Bhaktapur is 81.68, where male – 90.48 and female – 72.65 which is growing with the educational awareness among peoples.

The governmental schools in this district are making remarkable improvement in its educational quality. The government schools have been starting to facilitate students by teaching in both English and Nepali medium. Private schools too are well known for providing quality education.

Despite topping other districts in SLC with the highest enrolments, the higher studies of the district are not quite satisfactory. There is not enough college in this district rendering qualitative services. That’s why students of Bhaktapur complete their higher studies in colleges of Kathmandu and Lalitpur. However, their academic performance in those colleges cannot be neglected.

Khwopa College situated in Dekocha Bhaktapur is one of topmost college in Nepal. The academic results of this college are outstanding. This college is established and managed by the municipality. One of the schools Bhaktpur genuine secondary school is also good in its techniques of teaching. It was established by the municipality.

It lags behind to Kathmandu District and Lalitpur District when it comes to medical service. This district does not have enough hospitals rendering Qualitative medical facilities. However, the only cancer hospital Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital, National Tuberculosis Centre and Ayurvedic Centre is located in Bhaktapur. Recently, the Government of Nepal has decided to transfer Bir hospital, the oldest hospital in Nepal, to Duwakot.

Climate Zone Elevation Range % of Area
Subtropical 1,000 to 2,000 meters
3,300 to 6,600 ft.
Temperature 2,000 to 3,000 meters
6,400 to 9,800 ft.


At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, District had a population of 304,651. Of these, 46.5% spoke Nepali, 41.6% Newari, 7.8% Tamang, 1.1% Maithili, 0.5% Magar and 0.5% Bhojpuri as their first language. 47.2% of the population in the district spoke Nepali, 1.8% English and 0.4% Newari as their second language.

The district is divided into four municipalities:

  1. Bhaktapur
  2. Changunarayan
  3. Madhyapur Thimi
  4. Suryabinayak Municipality

Bhaktapur: The headquarters of This district

Bhaktapur, also known as Khwopa, also known as the city of the temples, is a city in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal about 8 miles (13 km) from the capital city, Kathmandu. It is located in and serves as the headquarters of this District in Bagmati Pradesh of Nepal. It is administratively divided into 10 wards.

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