Jigme Dorji National Park

Posted in Asia | February 7, 2012 | Comment Now

Bhutan is a lovely land of greenery and with the ideal surroundings for wildlife. The wildlife of Bhutan is very special and interesting to the tourist. Bhutan’s National Park system spans over a huge area and started sometime in the year 1999, when the ecosystems here began to protected. The national parks in the country of Bhutan not only help to preserve the culture but also enhance its traditions.

These parks are not made for tourism but as protected areas.

The Jigme Dorji National Park is one of the largest protected areas in Bhutan. It protects the Punakha, the GAsa, Thimphu and the Paro regions. This is where you can see most of the endangered species like the leopard, the tiger, the blue sheep, the takin, the red panda and the Himalayan black bear. The best bird species also are found here with more than 300 varieties. There are three kinds of trekking routes which cross this lovely zone of verdant stretches and beautiful locales.

Jigme Dorji National Park

Named after the late Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, this is the most blessed region here and is the second largest such park in B Bhutan. Occupying most of the district of Gasa, and also the areas of Thimphu and Wangdue Phodrang, this is a lovely paradise which was founded in the year 1974 and spans over 4316 square kilometers. Thus the three different climate regions of Bhutan come under this. More than 1000 households live here inside the park.

Jigme Dorji National Park

With more than 37 kinds of mammals living here, the Jigme Dorji national park is a great haven for all the wild animals. So get set to have a look at the spotted linsang, the dhole the goral, marmot, barking deer, pika, the serow and many species of birds.


 Pika Goral

This is incidentally the only ark where the takin, the national animal, the blue poppy the national flower, raven the national bird and the cypress the national tree are found in the same place

This national park also has some great areas of economic and cultural significance. There are two places of worship here which are the Mount Jitchu Drake and the Mount Jomohari where the local deity is the presiding God. Then there is the Lingshi Dzong and the Gasa Dzong which are regions of great historical importance. River Wangdi Chuhu, Mo Chuu and Pa Chuu flow through this region. They originate from glaciers found in the park.

Glaciers in the region of Jigme Dorji are very common. These glaciers are found in the Gewogs. Having thawed in the course of history, there have been many cases of flood outbursts etc, these glaciers have caused lovely lakes here like the Teri Kang, the Luggye and the Thorthormi.

This is actually the largest protected region in Bhutan and has habitats at the height from 1400 m to 7000. The management of this park takes care of the needs of the semi nomadic yak and helps the lowland farmers too in their activities. In fact, this park has also the distinction of being the site here the best trekking routes pass through.

There are villagers living in the park. So they are allowed to harvest of our their plants and in turn they use it for traditional and medicinal purposes.

The Jigme Dorji National Park thus with a lot of intrigue and interests provides a great protection for the animals living here.

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