Rasuwa || The Smallest District in Area among Himalayan Region



Rasuwa District is a part of Bagmati Pradesh, is one of the seventy-seven districts of Nepal. The district, with Dhunche as its district headquarters, covers an area of 1,544 km2. It has a population (2011) of 43,300. As per the census, 2011 total households in this district is 9,778.

It is the smallest district by area, among 16 districts in the Himalaya region of Nepal.

Origin of its name had begun as ‘Rasowa’ which is believed to be derived as a combination of two Tibetan words ra (meaning: lambs) and sowa (meaning: grazing) as it was famous for its lamb and grazing lands. And later people started to call it Rasuwa.

Its territory has elevations ranging from 614 to 7,227 meters (2,014 to 23,711 ft) from mean sea level. Forests cover 31.43% of the land while 16.63% is always snow-covered. Steeply varying territory and plenty of natural blessings make Rasuwa a famous tourist destination in Nepal.

Rasuwa is rich in natural resources. Langtang mountain range stands to the north of this district. The northern parts of the area largely fall within the boundaries of Langtang National Park. Gosainkunda Lake, Ganja La Pass, and Tamang village in Bridim are the major highlights of Rasuwa for tourism. The Gosainkunda Lake, also known as “Frozen Lake”, one of the most beautiful mountain lakes lies in the Langtang region.

Langtang valley is another attraction in Rasuwa which is aptly called the valley of glaciers; mountains rise to soar toward the sky. The valley offers pine forest, swift mountain streams, rugged rock and snow-capped peaks, grassy downs and meadows strewn with daisies and wild animals.

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