Dolakha, often known as Dolkha or Dholkha is a part of Bagmati Pradesh, is one of the seventy-seven districts of Nepal. The district, with Charikot as its district headquarters, covers an area of 2,191 km2 (846 sq mi) and has a population of 204,229 in 2001 and 186,557 in 2011. It is a district with a strong religious affiliation. It is popularly known amongst most Nepalese for the temple of Dolakha Bhimeshawor.
The name Dolkha arose from the Sherpa community. In the Sherpa´s language “DO” means stone (dhunga), “LA” means in (maa), and “KHA” means face (mukh) which means “Face in Stone” (dunga ma mukh).
The Bhimeshwar temple is located in Dolakha Bazar of Bhimeshwar. The main statue of this temple is God Bhim. Bhimsen, Bhimeshwar, or Bhim of Dolakha is noted as one of the most popular throughout the country. He was the second prince of Panch Pandav and notably worshipped by the traders or merchandisers as their god.
This district is also home to another holy temple – Kalinchowk Bhagawati. It is situated in high mountains at an altitude of about 3842m and the pilgrims are known to walk along and dangerous route via the mountains to the temple. But, in 2018 the government started a new cable car service for the comfort of the pilgrims. The temple is believed to have strong spiritual power and known to fulfil the prayer of the pilgrims.
|Climate Zone||Elevation Range||% of Area|
|Upper Tropical||300 to 1,000 meters|
1,000 to 3,300 ft.
|Subtropical||1,000 to 2,000 meters|
3,300 to 6,600 ft.
|Temperate||2,000 to 3,000 meters|
6,400 to 9,800 ft.
|Subalpine||3,000 to 4,000 meters|
9,800 to 13,100 ft.
|Alpine||4,000 to 5,000 meters|
13,100 to 16,400 ft.
|Nival||above 5,000 meters||17.4%|
At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, Dolakha District had a population of 186,557. Of these, 65.2% spoke Nepali, 15.8% Tamang, 8.0% Thami, 7.6% Sherpa, 2.3% Jirel, 2.0% Newari and 1.0% Sunuwar as their first language. 32.5% of the population in the district spoke Nepali and 0.6% English as their second language.
Charikot: The headquarters of Dolakha
Bhimeshwar, (formerly Charikot), is a municipality in north-eastern Nepal and the headquarters of Dolakha District in Bagmati Pradesh that was established in 1997 by merging the former Village development committees Charikot, Dolakha Town, Makaibari and Mati. At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, it had a population of 32,486 people living in 8,639 individual households. The town is located at an altitude of 1554 metres (5101 feet). The name of the district Dolakha came from town situated north-east of the headquarters Charikot Bazaar.
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