Monday, May 27, 2019

The inner beauty of Zhemgang Bhutan

Photo of me near Kuenga Rabten Palace in Trongsa on the way to Zhemgang Bhutan

Although Bhutan is a small country, there are still many places I have never been to. On 11th May 2019, I was really excited to be in Zhemgang for the first time in my life. I had travelled from Trongsa with my colleagues that morning. The snaky road cutting through the edge of rocky mountains, deep valleys and steep gorges finally led us to the beautiful landscape of Zhemgang Dzongkhag and made our bloodcurdling journey worth it. The panoramic view of virgin forests on either side of the highway and the spectacular display of spring blossoms over the hills and valleys thrilled us and made our journey memorable. Even the dangerous stretch at Riotala cliff was calm and peaceful. We felt as though we were being escorted by Nature. Soon, we were greeted by a golden langur, the first sign that we were in Zhemgang Dzongkhag. After four hours of drive, we finally descended into the beautiful hamlet of Zhemgang town where we were received by the Manager and youth volunteers of Zhemgang Youth Center.

After settling down at the Dzongkhag’s guesthouse, we had lunch together and went to visit Zhemgang Youth Center to monitor and review the activities and services of the Center. Equipped with a lot of recreational and educational resources, the Center was found to have the potential to become one of the biggest youth hubs in Zhemgang. With little bit of internal re-arrangement and expansion of the surrounding landscape, the Center can attract a lot of young people since the Dzongkhag does not have enough recreational facilities in the vicinity.

Group photo with my Chief and colleagues at Trong Heritage Village in Zhemgang

In the evening, we went to visit Trong Heritage Village to experience a typical rural life right at the core of the town. With more than 20 traditional stone houses neatly clustered on a hillock overlooking the majestic Zhemgang Dzong, the village offers a unique opportunity to revisit its past through its distinctive architectural designs. In the walls of the houses, one can see the extraordinary skills of masons who built them. Despite being exposed to the forces of Nature for hundreds of years, these ancient structures are still standing intact today. More importantly, the arrangement of these structures fits absolutely well with the natural topography of the place, making it one of the most unique and beautiful sites in Zhemgang town. However, it would look even better if the modern grocery stores and saloons that have mushroomed alongside the traditional structures could be replaced with handicraft shops selling the unique traditional products from Zhemgang region. Otherwise, the heritage village is definitely worth visiting if we are in Zhemgang.

Photo of me with my friend Ugyen Wangchuk at Trong Heritage Village

After spending a night at the Dzongkhag guesthouse, we continued our journey to Samdrup Jongkhar via Panbang on 12th May 2019. The magnificent landscapes blest with rich flora and fauna continued to thrill us on the way. Every turning along the winding road unfolded a new world before us: the natural habitats for golden langurs, the beautiful scenery of untouched forests and typical lifestyles of rural communities. The twin waterfalls at Panbang were so beautiful that we could not resist our temptation to pause for some photographs. For the new visitors like us, it was a real paradise. We rejuvenated ourselves in the fresh breath of the waterfalls, enjoying the beauty of Nature. We then continued our journey through the Panbang-Nganglam highway en route to Samdrup Jongkhar, taking with us the beautiful memories we had created during our short stay in Zhemgang. After all, Zhemgang Dzongkhag is not as dead and dull as it is generally believed to be. It was a very rewarding experience for me.

Photo of me with my colleague Ugyen Wangchuk at Panbang twin waterfalls. Photo taken on the way from Zhemgang to Samdrup Jongkhar

2 comments:

  1. Wow sir it is really.....really nice to go through ur article. Thank u sir n hope to see more la.

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