Hetauda is a town in the Makwanpur District of the Narayani Zonein southern Nepal. It is also the administrative headquarters of the Makwanpur district. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a population of 53,836 people living in 10,420 individual households. However, the population has skyrocketed since the 1991 census and it is a widely acknowledged fact that the city's population is much higher than the count commonly found on the internet. Wolfram alpha search engine presents the 2004 estimate of population to be about 85,000. Similar projection can also he found here.
It is 132 km from the capital Kathmandu via the old Tribhuvan Highway. There are now two alternate roads that are less than 80 km. They are, however, not black topped yet. The city is enclosed by three rivers, the Rapti to the west, the Samarito the north and the Karra to the south. It is one the important industrial regions of Nepal. The settlement started due to its location at Tribhuvan Highway, and later was the meeting point of another major national highway - East-West Highway