Located in the state of Bihar, West Champaran is an exquisite tourist destination and is a historical district which has witnessed several movements in the times of yore. The district is famous for sharing its border with Nepal. It was the key transit center for weapons in between India and Nepal. Bettiah is the administrative headquarters of the district and is presently a part of the Red Corridor.
The district is divided into three sub divisions: Bettiah, Narkatiaganj and Bagaha. West Champaran district was carved out of the old Champaran District in the year 1972 as a consequence of re-organization of the district in the state.
The name “Champaran” is a form of Champaka aranya, a name which can be traced back to the time when the district was a zone of the forest of Champa (Magnolia) trees as well as the residence of single ascetics.