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Punakha Ritsha Village

Bhutan’s Punakha Ritsha Village is famous for rice farming where both red and white rice are grown along the river valleys of Pho and Mo Chhu, two of the most prominent rivers in Bhutan.

Ritsha’ meaning at the base of a hill’ is a typical village in Punakha. The village houses are made of pounded mud with stone foundations. Each house is only two story high surrounded by gardens and rice fields. The gardens also usually have fruit-bearing plants like oranges and papaya among the organic vegetables.

In recent years, farming work is mechanized and power tillers instead of bullocks are used to plow the fields and villagers have become relatively prosperous. This is a model rice-growing village in western Bhutan.

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