Dhankuta is one of the popular hilly districts and the headquarter of the Eastern Development Region. It lies on the lap of Mahabharat Hill of Koshi zone bordering Bhojpur and Udayapur districts to the west, Terhathum and Panchthar districts to the east, Sankhuwasabha district to the north, and Morang and Sunsari districts to the south. The district administers 2 municipalities and 26 Village Development Committees (VDC). The district lies at 260 59' to 270 02' northern latitude and 870 17' to 870 23' eastern longitude. It is connected through Koshi Highway (52 km far from Dharan, Sunsari) to the national highway. This district ranges from 300 to 2500 meters above the sea level. It occupies an area of 891 sq km.
The latest census of 2011 shows that Dhankuta's total population 163,412 (male 76,515, female 86,897) out of the total 5,427,302 households and 26,494,504 (male 12,849,041, female 13,645,463) population in Nepal. The literacy rate of this district having overall 76.3%. Among that total, male have 84.2% and female have 69.5% literacy rate. This district has approximately, 84 (83.45%) out of 100 are in agriculture sector according to census 2011 report.
Dhankuta district has its own administrative and natural importance ,too. It provides all the facilities and services for the eastern region, being administrative headquarter. It has many attractions that can lure domestic as well as foreign tourists. Tamor and Arun rivers are popular among the rivers. Tamor River is well known for rafting. The places like Raja Rani, Danda Bazar, Hile, Pakhribas, Bhedetar, Namje, Dhoje Danda, Leguwa, Mulghat are the major spots of attractions in this district. Bhedetar, is popular across the country which has its different physical and natural features. It lies 1400 meters above the sea level offering the wonderful view of the plain terai areas, green hills and forests. It was visited by Prince Charles in 1980 of Great Britain. There still stands Charles view tower to recall his visit which provides the panoramic view. Raja Rani is another place to visit which has a wonderful Raja Rani (King Queen) lake. This place is named after the lake Raja Rani.
Similarly, Namaste waterfall is yet another fascinating spot. Especially, many domestic tourists visit this waterfall everyday due to its fresh and green environment. People enjoy taking bath and rest here. Hile, which lies 13 km from Dhankuta Bazar is also the worth place to visit. It is a beautiful hill station which has temples, monasteries, small markets and even offers the majestic view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchanjunga, Mt Makalu and other Himalayan ranges from. Hile is recognized by the huge structure of Tongba (a millet-based alcoholic beverage) jar. Moreover, renowned temples Chhintang Devi and Small Pathivara also lie within the district.