Jumla is the capital of the Jumla District in the Karnali Zone of Nepal covering an area of 2,531 km² and has a population of 108,921 according to 2011 census. Jumla, on the banks of the Tila River, is one of the highest rice growing areas in the world. The Tila Valley, as well as the Sinja Khola Valley, are covered with paddy fields growing the ‘Kala Marci’ rice variety, unique red rice that is sought after for its special taste. Jumla district borders Mugu to the north, Dolpa to the east, Jajarkot to the south and Kalikot to the west. The largest ethnic groups found in Jumla are Chhetri and Brahmin. However, members, other groups such as Magar, Gurung, Thakuris, Newar, Sherpa, Sarki and Damai can be found living in Jumla district as well. Even though Jumla Bazaar is the usual start of the trekking routes to Rara Lake in Mugu district and Shey Phoksundo National Park in Mugu and Dolpa districts, Jumla Bazaar itself can be a trekking destination. Its breathtaking geography and culture attract many tourists hungry for the untouched and authentic regions in Nepal. Near Jumla Bazaar there are hot-springs which are perfect for easing the body pains earned during trekking in the area.