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Words fail to describe the breathtaking charisma and enchanting beauty of this magical land known as God’s Own Foot Print-Surkhet. Blessed with magnificent mountains, radiant and joyful river, gigantic Himalayan peaks, natural biospheres, valley of flowers, skiing slopes and dense forests, this abode of Gods includes many shrines and places of pilgrimage.
Surkhet, young and dynamic state is moving towards progress and its destiny very rapidly. It has observed all the requirements and technology which are necessary for the development of a state and accepted them proudly. Not only accepting them but also conducting many activities and promoted by many organization in Surkhet.
It is one of the most beautiful and enchanting region of Mid-western Nepal. Nature has endowed this land with so much beauty and spiritual bliss that it is also known as Land of History. Bheri river, the soul of Surkhet is the most lively and prominent evidence of its beauty and also represents the presence of its culture, history and civilization
Surkhet is a district belongs to Mid-Western Development Region of Nepal. This is full of natural beauty and resources. Green jungles and Valley covered by magnificent mountains is the main attraction of Surkhet.
Birendranagar is the administrative headquarter of Surkhet district as well as the whole Mid-Western Development Region. Radio stations, Press, Hospital, Colleges, Banks and other latest facilities are provided to public.
It is a part of Surkhet Valley, which is about 50 Square Kilometers in size. It is holding its name from late king Birendra Bir Bikram Shah.
It is approximately 400 kilometers west of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu.
The temperature ranges from 5°C to 38°C from winter to summer. Inhabitants people started living in this valley after the eradication of malaria. Before its own identity as an independent district, it used to be in the district of Dailekh. Surkhet is hub to remote districts like Dailekh, Kaalikot, Jumla, Mugu, Jajarkot, and Salyan.
Recently because of insurgency, many people have migrated to Surkhet from these districts. The majority of the people are Brahmin and Chettris, and there are minorities which are Newar, Magar, Tharu, Sunaar, and Kaami. Eighty percent of the people are Hindu. Others are Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims.
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, currently under construction, will link Surkhet to the remote Western region Karnali. An air service connects Surkhet to Kathmandu, Nepalgunj, Jumla and several other districts.
There are three colleges which provide education up to Master's level. It has a district hospital which provides basic medication for its people. The main occupation is farming.
There are many NGOs and INGOs working in this area for development. The INF Surkhet Programme is one of the oldest organizations working in the health and development sector.
The common festivals celebrated in Surkhet are Dashain and Tihar. There are many people who are migrated to other districts and countries for better education or better opportunities. But they still remember to come back to their hometown in these festivals. As there is inhabitants of different casts in Surkhet, Surkhet celebrates lots of festivals. Different groups of people celebrate their festivals in their own style.
Tourism in Surkhet
Tourist attractions are places like Kakrebihar, Bulbule, Deutibajai, Mangalgadhi, Gothikanda, Ghantaghar, Bheri river and many other places with religious as well as historic values. Kakrebihar is the remains of an old Buddhist Monastery (palace), which is in the list of national heritage sites in Nepal. Bheri river is a well known destination for rafting. Birendranagar is a beautiful city which is among very few cities in Nepal built under a master plan. People have access to a good network of roads as compared to other mid-sized cities in Nepal which makes transportation easy. But due to lack of proper attention from the government and donor agencies in looking after this beautiful heritage city, there has not been sufficient effort to make it look more beautiful and establish it as a popular tourist destination.
Surkhet believes in cultural programs rather than modern fashion of entertainment but lots of things and stuffs are easily available which can contribute us in entertainment. Deuda song is one of the most popular song of Surkhet. Cinema halls (Sani Chalchitra Mandir, Laxmi Hivision hall etc.), Local pool & snooker house, pubs, Parks and most famous Chaat Street near Ghantaghar are widely accepted medium of entertainment.