Land of Thunder Dragon


The recent declaration by the government that Lhuentse is the most poorly served Dzongkhag in the country is nothing short of rubbing salt to the wound of the people of Khengri Namsum. If the government feels that the people of Lhuentse are more deserving than the stoically tolerating Khengpas, they should have the courage to go ahead and do whatever they want to do - without resorting to falsehood.
As a Khengpa, I feel insulted that the government not only continues to ignore Zhemgang Dzongkhag but goes as far as to deny that it is the most poorly served Dzongkhag in the country. Such a deliberate distortion of facts has serious ramifications on the people of Kheng. By denying that Zhemgang Dzongkhag is the most poorly served Dzongkhag in the country, it becomes convenient for the government to divert funds else where. But in a sense I think I can understand why our government is so poorly educated about Khengpas and their continuing plight. I want to know: how many of the members of the Cabinet - both present and past - have visited inner Kheng? It may come as a shock that majority of them, even after being Ministers for decades, have not visited Kheng even once.
Today, when there are natural calamities in the East and the West, everybody is scrambling to outdo each other to deliver relief and reconstruction material. If such calamities were to happen in the Kheng region, the government would be soooooo terribly out of luck - because no way they would be able to be so quick with their kidu! There are no roads to deliver anything! That is when the government will truly understand the calamity of their neglect.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Paro, Transfer to hotel in Paro, tour the Ta Dzong (museum), over night at hotel

Day 02: Sight seeing, visit to Drukgyel Dzong, Visit Kyichu Lhakhang then walk down the hill trail to visit Rimpong Dzong.

Day 03: Paro to Thimpu, a brief stop at Simthokha Dzong (oldest fortress, built in 1627) After lunch visit as time permit: national Library, Traditional Medicine centre, Traditional Arts & crafts of Bhutan, National Folk Heritage Museum, Memorial Chorten and Tashichhodzong, over night at hotel

Day 04: Thimpu to Trongsa, via Dochula Pass (3,088m), continue on to Wangduephodrang town, then proceed to Tongsa over Pelela Pass(3300m), overnight at the lodge in Trongsa.

Day 05: Trongsa to Bumthang, Morning visit to striking Trongsa Dzong, ancestral abode of Royal family. Proceed to Bumthang and in the afternoon visit the 17th century Jakar Dzong and then Kurje monastery, built in the 17th century.

Day 06: Bumthang to Ngang Lhakhang, Distance 14km. The trek begins today.

Day 07: Ngang Lhakhang to Ugyencholing, Distance 19km

Day 08: Ugyencholing to Bumthang, Distance 11km, In the morning walk up to Ugyencholing Palace which houses an ancient private museum of Desi Choki Dorji, on the way visit the Meber tsho(the burning lake-a sacred religious site, over ight at the lodge in Bumthang

Day 09: Bumthang to Punakha; Morning visit to Jamey Lhakhang an drive to Punakha, over night at the hotel in Punakha

Day 10: Punakha to Paro; Reach Paro by lunch time and free time for leisure or last minute shopping. Take a stroll around Paro market in the evening, over night at hotel/resort in Paro

Day 11: Paro depart

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