Altitude : 300m-3000m/984ft-9842ft
Zhemgang is notable for being one of the last regions where ancient Bon (Animist) religious practices are still carried out. Though Buddhism has been growing in popularity every region of the district still continues its animist traditions and Bon priests known as Bonpo are considered respected religious leaders.
Zhemgang is a region blessed with incredibly rich biodiversity. Its lush forests are home to 22 endangered animal species including the Golden Langur. Though much of the district has warm and humid climatic conditions, its northern regions have moderately cool temperatures.
Places To See
Duenmang Tshachu is situated by the banks of Mangde Chu River. This Hot Spring is especially popular amongst the Khengpa (indeginous ethinic group of Bhutan) population who frequent it regularly.
Buli Lhakhang was founded in the 15th century by Choeying, the “heart son” of the great religious figure Dorji Lingpa (1346-1405) and extended in the early 20th century. It was restored in the early 2000s by the American Himalayan Foundation which also taught conservation techniques to the locals.
Buli has three main temples. The original temple was extended in the beginning of the 20th century and has the typical courtyard surrounded by outer living quarters of the time.
The Jokhang downstairs has beautiful pillars, paintings and statues dating back to its construction. The two temples upstairs have respectively, the Buddha of the three eras and the three longevity deities as their main statues
Buli plays an important role for all of this part of the Chhume valley and holds a festival the Bula Mani every two years on the 16th day of the first month of the Bhutanese calendar.
Royal Manas National Park
Royal Manas National Park is protected park is the oldest nature preserve in the Kingdom of Bhutan. It’s incredible biodiversity includes hundreds of rare animal and plant species such as Golden Langurs, Gangetic Dolphins and the Asian One-horned Rhinoceros that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. The park is the most biologically diverse protected area in the kingdom as well as one of the most outstanding nature preserves worldwide.
Zhemgang Dzong sits atop a ridge overlooking the scanty village settlements that surrounds it. The spot where the structure was founded shares the legend of Lama Zhang Dorji Drakpa who came to Bhutan in the 12th century from Tibet. The story unfolds that Zhemgang province was initially divided into three sub-regions known as upper, middle and lower Kheng (people of Zhemgang are addressed to as Khengpa). The lama meditated on the ridge and later erected a small hermitage which is symbolic of the unification of these three regions. Later in 1955, the current structure was established to house the Dzongkhag administrative office as per the command of the Third King, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.