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West Champaran district,Bihar

West Champaran is an administrative district in the state of Bihar in India. It is a part of Tirhut Division (Tirhut). The district headquarters are located at Bettiah.

West Champaran is known for its fluid border with Nepal. It is located just 60 km (37 mi) west of Birgunj in Nepal, where people can shop for Chinese, Korean and Japanese goods. Many people visit Nepal to celebrate birthdays and New Year’s Eve. Nepal gets good business from this area. Students of Champaran are brilliant and many are officers in Indian government.

Geography
West Champaran district occupies an area of 5,228 square kilometres (2,019 sq mi),comparatively equivalent to Canada’s Amund Ringnes Island.
Sub-Divisions
West Champaran district comprises the following Sub-Divisions: Bettiah, Bagaha, and Narkatiaganj.
Blocks: Bettiah, Sikta, Mainatand, Chanpattia, Bairia, Lauria, Bagaha – 1, Bagaha – 2, Madhubani, Gaunaha, Narkatiaganj, Manjhaulia, Nautan, Jogapatti, Ramnagar, Thakraha, Bhitaha, Piprasi ,Lauriya
Languages
Languages include Bhojpuri, a tongue in the Bihari language group with almost 40 000 000 speakers, written in both the Devanagari and Kaithi scripts.[8]
Culture
The city inherits a very rich culture. It is the birthplace of famous poet Gopal Singh Nepali. Mahatma Gandhi started the Satyagraha movement from here in 1917 along with prominent nationalists Rajendra Prasad, Anugrah Narayan Sinha and Brajkishore Prasad.
Notable personalities

  • Mahatma Gandhi, freedom fighter who started the Champaran Satyagraha movement here.
  • Valmiki Rishi, an ascetic who wrote Hindu epic Ramayana here.
  • Gopal Singh Nepali, Hindi poet.
  • Gauri Shankar Pandey, Politician.
  • Prakash Jha, Film director.
  • Manoj Bajpayee, Film actor.
  • Damodar Raao, Film Music Director, Actor & Singer