Rukum District was a “hill” and “mountain” district some 280 km (170 mi) west of Kathmandu partially belonging to Province No. 5 and partially to Karnali Pradesh before the split into two districts Western Rukum and Eastern Rukum.
After the state’s reconstruction of administrative divisions in 2017. Rukum covers an area of 2,877 km2 (1,111 sq mi) with a population of 207,290 in 2011 Nepal census. Musikot was the district’s administrative center.
This district is located in Province No. 5 of Nepal. It is 1 out of 12 districts of the province. Rukumkot is the interim headquarter of the district.
There was a decision of the government to relocate the district headquarter from Rukumkot to Golkhada, Kol, Putha Uttarganga.
Formally this District was part of Rukum District, which was split into two districts Western Rukum and Eastern Rukum after the state’s reconstruction of administrative divisions as of 20 September 2015.
The total area of this District is 1,161.13 square kilometres. Its total population of this district as of 2011 Nepal census is 53,018 individuals.
The district is divided into 3 Rural Municipalities. There is a large reserve area named Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. There is no Municipality in this district.
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