Tumlingtar (टुम्लिङटार) is a region and a city, in Eastern Nepal, between the Arun and Sabha Rivers in Kosi Zone. It is also the deepest valley and largest ṭār (butte or mesa) of Nepal. It is situated at 27.30 N, 87.20 E. Its elevation is 285 meters.
The indigenous tribe of Tumlingtar is Kumal. Their traditional profession is pot-making, though only a few still practise this career nowadays. The other tribes living there are Bahun, Chhetri, Magar, Rai, Tamang and Majhi. The inhabitants have shown racial harmony. The people of any tribe are always helpful to the rest in the rituals. The total number of families in Tumlingtar is about 600.
As urbanisation has been growing here, many people of the surrounding areas are drawn to the city nowadays. This is the southernmost point from which the bus regularly goes to the district headquarters.
Planes regularly fly from Tumlingtar Airport to Biratnagar and Kathmandu. Currently the airlines operating flights from Tumlingtar are Buddha Air, Yeti Airlines and Goma Airlines. Tumlingtar is the primary gateway airport for reaching Makalu, the peak being roughly 50km to the north of the city, with the base camp being accessible by trekking routes.
There are some smaller hotels in Tumlingtar, but they generally do not have the facilities required to meet international standards. The city has three schools. The Manakamana Higher Secondary School is the largest, with other schools here including Arun Valley English Boarding School & Shree Deu International Boarding School.
Tumlingtar was once a site of concern of the Nepalese because of the Arun III hydro-electric project. Rapid development was in process before the cancellation of the project.
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