() is a town in Eastern Nepal
. It is the district headquarters of Bhojpur district
, a hilly/mountainous district in Kosi Zone
. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census
it had a population of 5823 people living in 1199 households.
Bhojpur bazaar is home to many skilled Newar
craftsmen, and is famous for its metalwork, particularly khukuri
knives. Other major towns in the district include Dingla to the north, Ghoretar to the south, and Taksar near the airstrip, from where flights connect to Biratnagar
. A road is currently under construction to link Bhojpur bazaar with Hile, Dhankuta, Dharan, and the rest of Nepal's North-South Koshi Highway
Historically it is a part of Majh Kirant/Kirat (middle Kirat), and used to be called "east number 4". Middle Kirat consists mainly of Bhojpur and Khotang districts, the traditional home of kirat Rai people, an indigenous ethnic group of Nepal. In addition to Rais, other ethnic groups include Magars, Gurungs, and Tamangs, as well as castes like Chhetris, Bahuns, and Dalits.
Bhojpur was recently the site of a major incident involving Maoist rebels and the Nepali national security forces on March 3, 2004. An estimated 1,500 Maoists attacked the camps of the security forces at the district headquarters. This incident was the most serious one since the Maoists called off the cease-fire on August 24, 2003. 32 security personnel were killed (both army and police), as well as 42 Maoists rebels,... Read More