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The Far-Western Development Region (Nepali: सुदुर पश्चिमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र, Sudur Pashchimānchal Bikās Kshetra) was one of Nepal's five development regions. It was located at the western end of the country and had its headquarters in Dipayal. The Far-Western Region covered 19,539 square kilometers. It had nine districts with the regional headquarters at Dipayal, Doti
Doti
District. The Far-Western Region was remote and developmentally challenged. Some 44% of people in the Far West Hills and 49% in the Himalayan districts lived below the poverty line. The region had limited basic services. The difficult topography complicated development. The region had complex socio-economic structures along with widespread gender- and caste-based discrimination. Traditional systems associated with religion, culture and customs had limited overall development.[1] It comprised two zones:

Mahakali Seti

The region was sometimes called the Doti
Doti
region, which some believe originated from 'Dovati' meaning land between two rivers. Others believed it originated from the Hindu god Dev and Aatavi, meaning the place of re-creation. History went back to the 13th century when Niranjan Malldeo founded the Doti
Doti
Kingdom following the fall of the Katyuri Kings. Dotiyali and Kumauni were spoken there. Deuda, Jhoda, Chhpeli, Chhaliya, Bhada
Bhada
etc. were traditional regional dances and Gaura/Gamara is the biggest festival.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Raikas 1.2 Mongol/Mughal invasion

2 Major cities 3 Akhand Sudurpaschim 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] Doti
Doti
was an ancient kingdom of the Far-Western region of Nepal
Nepal
which was formed after disintegration of the Katyuri kingdom of Uttarakhand and the Far-Western region during the 13th century. Doti
Doti
was one of eight princely states formed after the kingdom broke up. The others were Baijnath-Katyuri, Dwarahat, Doti, Baramandal, Askot, Sira, Sora and Sui (Kali kumaon). The kingdom broke up because of the invasion of Khas
Khas
kings Ashoka challa and Krachalla from Karnali Zone
Karnali Zone
(Dullu) of Nepal
Nepal
in 1191 and 1223 respectively. Later on, the land between Ramganga
Ramganga
on the west (Uttarakhand) and the Karnali on the east (which divides the Far-Western region from the rest of Nepal) came under Raikas after the origin of Raikas of Katyuris in Doti. "Brahma Dev Mandi" at Kanchanpur District
Kanchanpur District
of Mahakali Zone
Mahakali Zone
was established by Katyuri king Brahma Dev.[2] Raikas[edit] Niranjan Malla Dev founded Doti
Doti
Kingdom around the 13th century after the fall of Katyuris Kingdom. He was the son of Last Katyuris of united Katyuris kingdom. Kings of Doti
Doti
were known as Raikas (also known as Rainka Maharaj). The Raikas, after the overthrow Khas
Khas
Malla of Karnali Zone, formed a Raikas Kingdom in the Far-Western Region and Kumaun that was called Doti. So far, the historical evidence for the following Raikas has been discovered:

Niranjan Malla Dev (Founder of Doti
Doti
Kingdom), Nagi Malla (1238), Ripu Malla (1279), Nirai Pal (1353 may be of Askot
Askot
and historical evidence of him from 1354 AD has been found in Almoda), Nag Malla (1384), Dhir Malla (1400), Ripu Malla (1410), Anand Malla (1430), Balinarayan Malla (not known), Sansar Malla (1442), Kalyan Malla (1443), Suratan Malla (1478), Kriti Malla (1482), Prithivi Malla (1488), Medini Jay Malla (1512), Ashok Malla (1517), Raj Malla (1539), Arjun Malla/Sahi (not known but he was ruling Sira as Malla and Doti
Doti
as Shahi), Bhupati Malla/Shahi (1558), Sagaram Shahi (1567), Hari Malla/Shahi (1581 Last Raikas King of Sira and adjoining part of Nepal), Rudra Shahi (1630), Vikram Shahi (1642), Mandhata Shahi (1671), Raghunath Shahi (1690), Hari Shahi (1720), Krishna Shahi (1760), Deep Shahi (1785), Prithivi pati Shahi (1790, 'he had fought against the Nepali Ruler (Gorkhali Ruler) with British in 1814 A.D').[3]

The historic place of war between the Doti
Doti
Kingdom and Nepal
Nepal
(Gorkha kingdom) during the period of Gorkha Expansion in 1790, according to the history of Nepal, is Nari-Dang, on the bank of the Seti River. The Dumrakot was the base of Doti
Doti
Kingdom for fighting against Gorkhali. Mongol/Mughal invasion[edit] During the period of Akbar, 16th century, Mongols (Mughals) attacked the Raikas. They invaded Ajemeru, capital of the Raikas Kingdom. Ajemeru is now in Dadeldhura District
Dadeldhura District
in the Far-Western region. According to Indo-Persian historian Abd-ul-Qadir Bada'uni (c. 1540 – 1615), Army Chief of Akbar, Khan, lured by the wealth and treasury of the Raikas state, attempted to plunder the state, but did not succeed.[4] Major cities[edit] Dhangadhi
Dhangadhi
Municipality was located in Kailali District
Kailali District
of Seti Zone. Mahendranagar was the headquarters of the Kanchanpur District
Kanchanpur District
in Mahakali Zone. It was located on the Mahakali River, 6 km north of the India
India
border, and was inhabited by the indigenous Tharu people and other groups. Tikapur
Tikapur
was another biggest city in the Far-Western region. It was popular for tourism and trade as it serves the best transit point for Nepal- India
India
border in the Far-Western region. Dipayal-Silgadhi
Dipayal-Silgadhi
Municipality is the headquarters of Doti District
Doti District
and the Far-Western Region. It was within trekking distance of Khaptad National Park. Dipayal
Dipayal
was also the name of the valley encompassing the Seti River. Amargadhi
Amargadhi
was the headquarters of Dadeldhura District. Akhand Sudurpaschim[edit] Akhand Sudurpaschim (अखण्ड सुदूरपश्चिम) is a movement orchestrated by the natives of Far Western Region aiming to create a separate state and self-determination rights for the native population. Natives have claimed two districts of Madhesh
Madhesh
plain region: Kailali and Kanchanpur, while Madheshi
Madheshi
based parties want a separate Madhesh
Madhesh
province along with the two districts that geographically lie in the Terai-Madhesh Plains. The Far Western Region, inhabited by a majority of Doteli speaking people as of the 2011 census, shares a border with the Indian district of Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand
and shares a similar ethnicity, language and culture. A movement against the central Sate “half-blood behavior" began on 26 April 2012, effectively halting state services, and ended upon the dissolution of the constitutional assembly on 28 May 2012. References[edit]

^ "An Overview of the Far Western Region of Nepal
Nepal
Nepal
Nepal
Information Platform". Un.org.np. 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2015-06-04.  ^ "History of Dolpa". Topnepal.com. Retrieved 2015-06-04.  ^ "Courthouse in Far-Western Region, Nepal". Mygola.com. Retrieved 2015-06-04.  ^ "Kumaon History". Thekumaonhills.com. 1947-03-29. Retrieved 2015-06-04. 

External links[edit]

Farwesternnepal.com Un.org.np Thegreathimalayatrail.org Farwesternnepal.org

Places adjacent to Far-Western Development Region, Nepal

Tibet Autonomous Region, China

Uttarakhand,  India

Far-Western Region

Mid-Western Region

Uttar Pradesh,  India

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Former Development regions and zones of Nepal
Nepal
(1982-2015)

Eastern Region (Purwanchal)

Kosi Mechi Sagarmatha

Central Region (Madhyamanchal)

Bagmati Janakpur Narayani

Western Region (Pashchimanchal)

Dhaulagiri Gandaki Lumbini

Mid-Western Region (Madhya Pashchimanchal)

Bheri Karnali Rapti

Far-Western Region (Sudur Pashchimanchal)

Mahakali Seti

Coordinates: 29°16′N 80°56′E / 29.267°N 80.933°E / 29

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