Mechi Zone

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मेची अञ्चल
Mechi districts.png
Country    Nepal
 • Total 8,196 km2 (3,164 sq mi)
Time zone Nepal Time (UTC+5:45)

Mechi (Nepali: मेची अञ्चलAbout this sound Listen , is one of the fourteen zones of Nepal, comprising four districts, namely, Ilam, Jhapa, Panchthar and Taplejung. Its headquarters are at Ilam. It comes under the Eastern Development Region of Nepal. The Indian state of Bihar is to the south and Tibet to the north. The largest town is Damak in the Terai. The majority of the population in Mechi are Kirantis (Limbu and Rai) and other ethnic groups like Koche and Meche, and hill castes like Bahun and Chhetris.

Mechi is divided into four districts:

District Type Headquarters
Ilam Hill Ilam
Jhapa Outer Terai Bhadrapur
Panchtar Hill Phidim
Taplejung Mountain Taplejung

Among the four districts, Jhapa is in the Terai and it is developed as compared to other three districts. Ilam and Panchthar are in the hilly region. Ilam is also in a developing stage. Ilam is naturally very beautiful. Many tourists visit Ilam annually. Kanyam is popular because of the tea garden. Antu is the place from where the rising sun can be viewed. Panchthar is the least developed of the four districts. Taplejung is in the mountainous zone.

There are two airports within Mechi: one in Bhadrapur and one in Taplejung.

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Coordinates: 27°10′N 87°55′E / 27.167°N 87.917°E / 27.167; 87.917