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मेची अञ्चल
Bhalujoda village, Kolbung VDC, Ilam
Country  Nepal
Region Eastern Development Region
Districts Ilam, Jhapa, Panchthar, Taplejung
Capital Ilam
Area 8,196 km² (3,164 sq mi)
Population 1,422,182 (2011)
Density 174 /km² (451 /sq mi)
Timezone NPT (UTC+5:45)
ISO 3166-2 NP-ME

Mechi (Nepali: मेची अञ्चल), is one of the fourteen zones of Nepal and one of the four zones of Eastern Development Region. It is the easternmost zone of Nepal, with its headquarters at Ilam.


The Mechi Zone has Sikkim and West Bengal (India) to the east, Bihar (India) to the south, the Koshi Zone to the west and the Tibet Autonomous Region (People's Republic of China) to the north.

It is the smallest zone of the Eastern Development Region with an area of 8,196 km2 (3,164 sq mi) and a population of only 1,422,182 people living there; Its population density is 173.5 persons/km2.

The most important river in the Mechi Zone is the Mechi, tributary of the Mahananda River. Another river is the Tamar River.

In the northern part of the zone, mainly in the Taplejung district that is in the eastern Himalayas, there are several high mountains. The highest is Kanchenjunga (Nepali: कञ्चनजङ्घा Kanchanjaŋghā) that, with 8,586 m (28,169 ft) high, is the third highest mountain of the world; it is on the border with Sikkim and in the Kanchanjungha Conservation Area.

Mechi districts
Districts of the Mechi Zone.

Administrative subdivisions

The zone has 4 Districts and 190 Village Development Committees/Municipalities (VDC - the smallest administrative units):

Zone Nepali name Population
Pop. density
Ilam इलाम 290,254 1,703 170.4 49
Jhapa झापा 812,650 1,606 506.0 50
Panchthar पाँचथर 191,817 1,241 154.6 41
Taplejung ताप्लेजुङ 127,461 3,646 35.0 50
Total 1,422,182 8,196 173.5 190

Main VDCs and municipalities

The VDCs and municipalities with more inhabitants are found in the Jhapa district, mainly the municipalities of Damak (75,102) and Mechinagar (57,545); others in the same district are Anarmani (42,712), Surunga (27,470) and Satasidham (26,171).

In the Ilam district, the main VDCs and municipalities are the municipality of Ilam (18,633), Chulachuli (17,324), Danabari (14,302), Phikal Bazar (11,264).

In the Panchthar district, the only important VCS is Phidim (17,399), and in the Taplejung district is Phungling (14,974).

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