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Phidim

Phidim
फिदिम
Village development committee
Phidim
Phidim
Location in Nepal

Coordinates: 27°08′N 87°46′E / 27.13°N 87.77°E / 27.13; 87.77Coordinates: 27°08′N 87°46′E / 27.13°N 87.77°E / 27.13; 87.77

Country    Nepal
Zone Mechi Zone
District Panchthar District
Population (2001)
 • Total 13,652
Time zone Nepal Time (UTC+5:45)

Phidim is the headquarters of the Panchthar District in the Mechi Zone of eastern Nepal. It serves as a major route for trekkers and common people who travel to and from the Taplejung district bordering with the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. It is also a commercial hub for the rural people of the district.

Transportation

Phidim is connected to rest of the country through Mechi Highway, a 262.7 km road which begins in Charali of Mahendra Highway in Jhapa district and ends in Phungling, the headquarters of Taplejung district. Passenger buses and jeeps to Phidim are easily available in Birtamod and Ilam. Phidim also provides good hotels and inns for accommodation and food.

Geography

Phidim is a picturesque valley in the foothills of Himalayas in eastern Nepal. It is a beautiful hill township. The landscape surrounding the place is unique and the scenic beauty is enchanting. Phidim is a six-hour drive from Birtamod through winding road via Ilam. The road trip is one of the most spectacular in Nepal. From Phidim, one can view the snow capped Himalaya, verdant hills loom in the distance. Phidim has tin-roofed houses and small concrete buildings. Two rivers--Phewa and Hewa--embrace the hill, where the town is located.

Demography

At the time of the 2001 Nepal census it had a population of 13652 people.[1] The inhabitants are Magar, Limbu, Rai, Tamang, so-called Dalit, and Brahmin and Chhetris, which makes it one of the most diverse places in eastern Nepal.

Climate

The climate of Phidim is mild during the summer and cold and misty in the winter. Maximum temperature in the summer goes up to 25 degree Celsius whereas in winter it lowers to 2 degree Celsius.

Agriculture and industry

Because of its fertile soil and good irrigation, Phidim produces rice, potato, cardamom and tea. Kanchenjunga Tea Estate, one of major producers of Nepal tea, has field office in Phidim.

Incidents

February 5, 2010: A fire that started from a hotel in Phidim killed three people. Property worth 2 million rupees was estimated to be damaged. It was reported that three dozen people were inside three hotels when it was caught by the fire, which was extinguished by local security forces.

Footnotes

Ekantipur: Phidim inferno: Death toll reaches three; police suspect more casualties (February 6, 2010) Retrieved July 3, 2012

References

External links

  • Phidim Today, a news portal run by Phidimese youth
  • The Kathmandu Post: The Ferment in the eastern hills
  • How a peace corps volunteer boosted my morale
  • Somewhere above Phidim
  • Phidim in pictures


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