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Zhemgang

Zhemgang

Elevation: 1,319m, 4,327ft

Location: Southern part of the country

Area: 2,421 sq. km

Distance from Paro: 348.2 km (9 hr 55 mins)

Population: 2,332

The inhabitants of Zhemgang are culturally called the Khengpas. The region remained closed to tourism for many years. In recent years only a small part was opened for bird watching. This newly opened region is the jewel of tourism in Bhutan. Zhemgang people here are grouped under three regions of upper, middle, and lower Kheng. If you are interested in the last of the animist traditions in Bhutan, this is the region. They invariably celebrate a number of shamanistic practices which is locally known as Bon. Khengpas are adept artisans and are known for their bamboo products like wine containers, baskets, matted bamboo carpets, and other cane products.

In the good old days this region cultivated a substantial amount of cotton, a major part paid as tax to the government, besides textiles woven out of cotton. Historically there are traces of the advent of Guru Rinpoche (from the 8th century) though visible records can be seen mostly from the 15th century. Temples like Buli Lhakhang in Buli village and Tharpa Choeling are associated with the treasure revealers Terton Pema Lingpa who is famous for the Peling tradition of Buddhism. The Bhutanese Royal Family is a direct descendant of Pema Lingpa. Traditionally, the Kheng region was divided into three regions of Chikhor (Upper Kheng), Nangkhor (Middle Kheng), and Tamachok (Lower Kheng).

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Built in 1648, it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan.  Both the first and second kings of Bhutan ruled the country

Buli Manmo Tsho is the resident of Buli’s guardian deity, believed to be half woman and lower half snake. Often, visitors are acknowledged

Some historians claim that the regime had descended, from Lhasey Tsangma, like the other Khoche tribes that spread in Khengrig Namsum

Royal Manas National Park is the fourth largest park in Bhutan, protecting a territory of 1057 km2. It shares its neighbor with India’s World Heritage

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Popular Hotels & Accommodations in Zhemgang

When it comes to planning a trip outdoors, camping offers some of the most affordable options. Not only that, but you are also closer to nature

Panbang Eco Camp in southeast Bhutan in the Royal Manas Wildlife Park is situated on the Manas riverbank and has basic amenities

Shilling Toe Eco Camp is 30 Kms away from Panbang Town and lies 420m above the sea level. On the way you find several scattered villages

An idyllic Chumey Nature Resort takes refuge in the womb of the Mother Nature as the resort is ideally silhouetted against the lush and verdant foliage