Dhading District is a part of Bagmati Pradesh. It is one of the seventy-seven districts of Nepal. The district, with Dhading Besi as its district headquarters, covers an area of 1,926 square kilometres. It had a population of 338,658 in 2001[2] and 336,067 in 2011.

The district spreads from 27’40” E to 28’17” E and 80’17″N to 84’35″N. The mountain range Ganesh Himal is the predominate mountain range located within this district. Some of the peaks are over 7,000 metres. The 8,000-metre plus mountain Manaslu is clearly visible from much of this district, although it is located within the bounds of Gorkha.

Dhading is the only district of Nepal which ranges from the mountain Ganesh Himal to the Churevawar Pradesh of Terai (Chitwan). The district, with Dhading Besi as its district headquarters, covers an area of 1,926 square kilometres and has a population (2001) of 338,658. The mountain range “Ganesh” is the predominated mountain range located within Dhading.

The people of the district are primarily Bhramin and Chetri in the south and Tamang and Gurung in the north, with much of the centre Newari. Gurkha route, the birthplace of the founder of Nepal King Prithivi Naryan Shah crosses through Dhading.

The main river of the district is Budi Gandaki which comes from Ganesh Himal and passes through Arughat Bazaar and Salyantar and meets Ankhu Khola at Narsingha Dhamm. Budhi Gandaki separates the district from Gorkha district.

There are 25 small rivers, the main being Charoudi, Malekhu, Galtukhola, Belkhukhola, Chirandikhola, Maheshkhola, Thopal, Manukhola, Kastekhola, Mastekhola. Besides these, there are over 1743 smaller rivers, springs and seasonal streams.

Dhading District has many religious temples. Among them is Tripurasundari Mai which lies in the northern part of the district. Siddha than in Siddhalekh Rural Municipality is a Hindu religious site.

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