Surkhet District a part of Karnali province. It is one of the ten districts of Karnali located about 600 kilometres west of the national capital Kathmandu. The district’s area is 2,488.64 square kilometres which are longest in Nepal.
It had 288,527 population in 2001 and 350,804 in 2011 which male comprised 169,461 and female 181,381. It is the district headquarters of Surkhet and commercial hub of the Karnali state of the new federal republic.
Surkhet valley is one of the Inner Terai Valleys of Nepal. Bordering districts are Jajarkot, Dailekh, and Achham to the north, Bardiya banke district and Kailali to the south, Salyan district to the east, and Doti to the west.
Unlike the cold weather of the Karnali mountain region and hot weather of the Outer Terai region, it has a more moderate climate. Winter temperatures drop to about 5 °C and in summer it goes up to 38 °C. Monsoon brings sufficient rainfall during the rainy season.
It ranks low in an overall change in climatic condition. 42% covers with plain fertile land and 43% of Mahabharat Range. Rest in Siwalik range rich in forest resource.
Surkhet is accessible by air service and roads from various parts of the country. Ratna highway links it to the rest of Nepal. Karnali Highway, recently constructed and being blacktopped, it will link Surkhet to the remote Western Karnali region.
Tourist attractions are places like Kakrebihar temple, Bulbule Lake, Deutibajai temple, Mangalgadhi, Gothikanda, Ghantaghar, Bheri river and others with religious as well as historic values popular all over the world.
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