Location of Terhathum
|• Total||679 km2 (262 sq mi)|
|• Density||170/km2 (430/sq mi)|
|Time zone||NPT (UTC+5:45)|
Terhathum District (Nepali: तेह्रथुम जिल्ला Listen (help·info), a part of Kosi Zone, is one of the twenty-five districts of Nepal. The district, with Myanglung as its district headquarters, covers an area of 679 km² (although it is doubtful;°°°and has a population (2001) of 113,111. The word Tehrathum is constructed from thirteen ("tehra") and "thum" (castle or fort). This can be spelled as Terathum, Tehrathum or Terhathum. The town supposedly is the site of one of a series of guard posts once protecting the territory of the Limbus (Limbuwan). Therathum is a word also used to mention Myanglung Bazar which has the district headquarters of Tehrathum. Myanglung is onomatopoeic for the sound of a cat meowing and refers to an old tradition of a Hindu temple (which remains today) in the town which had a resident cat. The "myang" means cat and "lung" means stone in Limbu (Kirat) language. The story is that the cat (myang) in ancient time, pawed the stone (lung) in anger. The stone still exists in Myanglung Bazaar at its gateway and is worshipped by the people entering bazaar.
Geography and Climate
|Climate Zone||Elevation Range||% of Area|
|Upper Tropical||300 to 1,000 meters
1,000 to 3,300 ft.
|Subtropical||1,000 to 2,000 meters
3,300 to 6,600 ft.
|Temperate||2,000 to 3,000 meters
6,400 to 9,800 ft.
Village Development Committees (VDCs)
Tehrathum comprises total 32 village development committees (VDC)s or local administrative divisions with 9 sub-divisions within each VDCs called wards. The VDCs are:
- Chhate Dhunga
- Panchakanya Pokhari
- Sankranti Bazar
- Shree Jung
- The Map of Potential Vegetation of Nepal - a forestry/agroecological/biodiversity classification system, . Forest & Landscape Development and Environment Series 2-2005 and CFC-TIS Document Series No.110., 2005, ISBN 87-7903-210-9, retrieved Nov 22, 2013
- Districts of Nepal at statoids.com
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