Khokana - Typical Newari Village

Brief Introduction

Khokana is a former Villge development commitee (VDC) which has been merged with the neighbouring VDC’s of Bubgamati, Chhampi, Dukuchhap and Sanibu to form the municipality of Karyabinayak in Lalaitpur District in the  Bagmati Zone of central Nepal. At the time of the 1991 Nepali census, Khokana had a population of 4258 living in 699 individual households.According to 2011 Nepali census, Khokana had a population of 4927 living in 1056 individual households.

Khokana, a traditional and tiny Newari village about 8 kilometers south of Kathmandu (on the outskirts of Patan). Khokana is mainly known for the production of rich mustard oil since ancient time. It was also the first town in Nepal to be lit with electricity in 1911 AD during the reign of Rana Prime Minister Chandra Shamsher.

Khokana has been nominated to be listed as a UNESCO World heritage, representing a vernacular village and its mustard-oil seed industrial heritage.