Jumla Nepal, earlier in the Karnali Zone, and now in Province 6 in the far western part of Nepal, is a mountainous district of about 2,531 sq km. The capital of Jumla is Khalanga. It is believed that Jumla was established by Kalyal Thakuri Shahi kings and the Sinja Valley of Jumla is believed to be the origin of the Khas civilization of Nepal.
One of the legends of Jumla refers to a time when a pair of serpents tried to attack the famous image of Lord Dattatreya in the region. It is said that the pair of serpents were annihilated and in their place were seen a pair of gigantic hills or “Jumlyaha Pahadharu” and thus the name Jumla was chosen for the place. The district is bordered by Dolpa in the east, Kalikot in the west, Mugu toward the north, and Jajarkot toward the south. A clean and pristine Tila River flows through the Sinja Valley and Khalanga Bazaar of Jumla.
Other sightseeing spots in Jumla are the Chandannath Temple, Pandav Caves, and palace of King Birat referring back to the famous Hindu epic Mahabharat. However, most significant in terms of tourism are the spectacular exotic sceneries and the rustic Jumli culture, an original version of the Khas culture seen in different parts of Nepal. Jumla is also an excellent place in terms of research and anthropological pursuits.
Jumla can be reached via Nepalgunj from where one can drive toward the north through Surkhet, and Dailekh, Kalikot, and finally to the Jumla hills and Sinja Valley. The road is blacktopped till Kalikot till it gives way to off-roads of the dusty and rocky path with sharp steep turns. Weather allowing, regular flights are also available from Nepalgunj to Jumla. Tourism services ranging from star hotels to modest accommodations, wholesome and organic Nepali food prepared as per original recipes, and phone and Internet connections are widely available in Khalanga Bazaar.