Taplejung is the headquarter of Taplejung District in Mechi Zone of Nepal located in Province 01 in north-eastern Nepal. The Tamur River flows through this district. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world also lies in this area. This district is one of the most beautiful areas in eastern Nepal. The district covers an area of 3,646 km2 and had a population of 19,085 at the time of 2011 Nepal census. The name Taplejung is made up by two words ‘Taple’ and ‘jung’. Taple means name of the king who used to rule the area and “jung” in Limbu language means fort. Literally, Taplejung means Fort of King Taple.
Places to visit in Taplejung
Pathibhara Devi temple
Pathibhara Devi Temple is located on the hills of Taplejung. Pathibhara Temple is one the most significant Hindu temples of Goddess Pathibhara in Nepal. It is also one of the major attractions and considered as one of the holy places for Kirats. During special occasions, worshipers from different parts of Nepal and India visit the temple as it is believed that a pilgrimage to the temple ensures fulfilment of the pilgrim’s desires. It attracts tourists seeking spiritual fulfilment and blessings from the powerful Pathibhara Devi. The temple is located at an elevation of 3794m from the sea level. The trek to the temple is combined with the natural and cultural experiences of the region that makes the visit a unique exhilarating experience. Pathibhara lies in the junction of three VDCs: Tapethok, Limkhim and PhawaKhola VDCs 19 km distance from Taplejung Bazaar (Phungling). The journey to Pathibhara begins from Suketar Airport (2840 m) which is about 1.5 hours walk from Phungling Bazaar and Devi temple is about 5–6-hour walk from Suketar. The best time to visit this place is from March to June and September to November.
Fung Funge Jharana
Fung funge jharana is one of the beautiful waterfalls. And it is also recommended by Nepal tourism board in most visit 100 place in Nepal. Suketar in Taplejung district is only STOL airstrip and is connected to Kathmandu and Biratnagar by scheduled flights. From Suketar the Fung funge jharana.
Timbung Pokhari is situated 4335m above from the sea level in the border of Pachthar and Taplejung. The name ‘Timbung Pokhari’ originated from a Limbu word ‘Timbak’, which means the firing of a gun. The locals gave the pond this name as the pond often makes a sound that is similar to that of a gunfire. We can clearly observe mountains from this place. This place is famous for its stunning scenario, religious value, and high altitude. Due to lack of promotion people are still unaware of this place. The season to travel Timbung Pokhari starts from mid of July to mid of September.
Kanchenjunga with an elevation of 28,169 feet (8,586 meters) is the third highest mountain in the world (after Mount Everst and K2). The name of Kangchenjunga translates “Five Treasures of Snow”, as it contains five peaks, four of them are over 8,450 meters. Sewalungma is the local name of the kangchenjunga according to Limbu language. Among five peaks three of them lies on the border of North Sikkim district of Sikkim, India and other two are completely in Taplejung District. Jeo Brown and George Band was the first person who climbed kangchenjunga on May 25, 1955. Spring and autumn are the favorable and most loved season for trekking otherwise it is possible to conduct throughout the year.