Mahakali at a glance

Mahendranagar, is a city and municipality in far western Nepal, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the border of India and the Mahakali River. It is the headquarters of the district of Kanchanpur in Mahakali Zone. The city was named Mahendranagar in the honour of late king Mahendra of Nepal. After becoming a republic in 2008, the city name was changed to Bhimdatta.

Bhimdatta is the 9th largest city in Nepal. It is 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of the Indian border and 700 kilometres (430 mi) west of Kathmandu. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census, it had a population of 62,050. According to the census of 2001, the city's population was 80,839. Bhimdatta is a hub of activity for industries running between India and Nepal. It is also a gateway to Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve.

Area 6,205 km2
Capital Mahakali
Population 39,290
Official Languages Nepali

Mahakali Zone hosts the Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve in Kanchanpur District in the Terai, which covers an area of 305 km2 and surrounded by a buffer zone of 243.5 km2.

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