Taplejung district, a part of Mechi
zone, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal, a landlocked
country of South Asia. The district, with Phungling as its district
headquarters, covers an area of 3,646 sq km and has a population
(2001) of 134,698.
Taplejung is a district in North
Eastern Nepal. The Tamor river flows through the district and the
area is famous for its proximity to Kanchenjunga, the third highest
mountain in the world. Taplejung has an airstrip with commercial
flights to Biratnagar and Kathmandu. A road has connected the district
headquarters with the Tarai plains. Most of the population are involved
in agriculture, and the vegetation zones range from sub-tropical,
to temperate forests, alpine meadows and snow and ice.
Taplejung is famous for its holy
temple in Pathivara. It takes two days to reach the temple on foot
from Taplejung Bazaar. The airport in Suketar can only accommodate
aircraft which can use short runways.