Khotang District is one of 14 districts of Province No. 1 of eastern Nepal. The district, with Diktel as its district headquarters, covers an area of 1,591 km2 (614 sq mi) and has a population (2011) of 206,312. The district has been bordered by Bhojpur District in the east, Udayapur district in the south, Okhaldhunga district in the west and Solukhumbu district in the North.
Before the unification of Nepal, this District was a part of Majha Kirat or Khambuwan. The land area between two rivers from Dudh Koshi to Arun was Majha Kirat and it was under the suzerainty of Sen King of Chaudandigadhi.
During Rana rule, Nepal had 32 districts and the current Khotang District was divided into two previous districts. Half of the north part of the current Khotang district was part of East No. 3 (Okhaldhunga) and half of southern part of current Khotang was part of East No. 4 (Bhojpur). In 1962 the traditional 32 districts were divided into 75 districts thus Khotang county of East No. 4 and some counties from “East No. 3″ merged and made the current Khotang District.
Geographically, Khotang is a hilly district of Eastern Nepal. It lies on the coordinates of 260° 50″ N to 270° 28″ N latitude and 860° 26″ E to 860° 58″ E longitude. Coordinates of the centre are 27° 11′ 60.00″ N and 86° 46′ 59.99” E. Total area of the district is 1,591 square kilometres (614 sq mi).
The elevations of the district are 152 m to 3620 m from the sea level. Sunkoshi River and Dudh Koshi river makes natural borders in the North, West and South and a series of hills and small river makes border separating it from Bhojpur District in East. Approximately 56% of the district area is covered with forest. And about 42% of the district area is under cultivation.
|Climate Zone||Elevation Range||% of Area|
|Lower Tropical||below 300 meters (1,000 ft)||0.7%|
|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.
At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, this District had a population of 206,312. Of these, 50.1% spoke Nepali, 16.5% Chamling, 4.4% Magar, 3.9% Tamang, 3.7% Bantawa, 3.5% Sampang, 2.7% Newari, 2.5% Dumi, 2.2% Puma, 1.9% Thulung, 1.5% Wambule, 1.3% Nachhiring, 0.9% Koch, 0.8% Rai, 0.6% Sherpa, 0.5% Tilung and 0.5% Khaling as their first language.
43.0% of the population in the district spoke Nepali, 1.1% Bantawa and 0.6% Chamling as their second language.
This District is administered by Khotang District Coordination Committee (Khotang DCC). The DCC is elected by Khotang District Assembly. The head of DCC is Mr Kamal Bhimraj Khadka and Mrs Indrakala Khadka is deputy head of DCC.
Rupakot Majhuwagadhi: The Municipality of Khotang District
Diktel was renamed to Rupakot Majhuwagadhi on 10 March 2017 after merging some more VDCs. The municipality is divided into 15 wards. It is on 700 m to 2250 m of elevation from sea level. The area of the municipality is 246.51 km2. There are 10,050 households with a population of 46,903. By 2020, the name commonly used name Diktel was re-added to the municipality’s official name.
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