Location of Ramechhap
|• Total||1,546 km2 (597 sq mi)|
|Population (2011 )|
|• Density||130/km2 (340/sq mi)|
|Time zone||NPT (UTC+5:45)|
|Main language(s)||Nepali, Tamang|
Ramechhap District (Nepali: रामेछाप जिल्ला Listen (help·info)), a part of Janakpur Zone, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal, a landlocked country of South Asia. The district, known as Kirat Ramechhap, with Manthali as its district headquarters, covers an area of 1,546 km² and has a population (2011) of 202,646  and a density of 137.4 per km2. The district has the highest population of endangered native group Kusunda and has the lowest population growth rate in Nepal.
The district was named after Ramechhap village. The word Ramechhap comes from two Nepali words, Ram (person's name) and Chhap (mark). According to folklore, the village of Ramechhap was once occupied by Tamang people. A Tamang of the village, Ram by name received mukhtiyari of the village by royal decree. So, the land ownership and other legal activities were performed in the village by the stamp (chhap) of Ram. Hence, the village was called Ramechhap.
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.
|Subalpine||3,000 to 4,000 meters
9,800 to 13,100 ft.
|Alpine||4,000 to 5,000 meters
13,100 to 16,400 ft.
|Nival||above 5,000 meters||7.3%|
Village Development Committees (VDCs)
- Gagal Bhadaure
- Gunsi Bhadaure
- Naga Daha
- Household and population by districts, Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) Nepal
- District Profile of Ramechhap at Central Bureau of Statistics, Nepal website (in Nepali)
- Book: Ramechhap:Introduction, Publication: District Development Committee, Ramechhap, Language: Nepali
- The Map of Potential Vegetation of Nepal - a forestry/agroecological/biodiversity classification system (PDF), Forest & Landscape Development and Environment Series 2-2005 and CFC-TIS Document Series, No. 110, 2005, ISBN 87-7803-210-9, retrieved Nov 22, 2013
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