Visiting the Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan

Asia | | August 23, 2011 at 12:30 am


Are you planning to spend your next vacation in Bhutan? Then, the first thing you must do is deciding the places you will be visiting during your stay in this wonderful landlocked state situated in the eastern side of the Himalayan Mountain range. One place that should be included in every tour plan made for exploring Bhutan is the Jigme Dorji National Park. This natural reserve is named after late Jigme Dorji, Bhutan’s 3rd Druk Gyalpo (or the head of the state of Bhutan).

Jigme Dorji National Park

The Jigme Dorji National Park is the state’s second biggest National Park. Jigme Dorji National Park was inaugurated in the year 1974 and covers a total area of 4316sq km. The area of this park encompasses a big share of Bhutan’s Gasa District; the other areas of Bhutan occupied by some parts of this National Park are the Punakha District, Paro District and Thimphu District. This means the National Park spans over Bhutan’s 3 major climate zones; the altitude of the National Park varies from 1400 meters to 7000 meters at different regions. There are also residential areas located within the Jigme Dorji National Park. The population of the park is around 6,500 and there are over 1000 households residing here. The professions of these people include occupations like animal husbandry and subsistence agriculture.

Jigme Dorji National Park

Jigme Dorji National Park is home to more than 37 mammal species, most of which are known to us. Several species housed by this National park are vulnerable, threatened or endangered species; some examples of such species include names like: snow leopard, bharal, Bengal tiger, black beer, clouded leopard, dhole, red panda and many more. The other interesting species present in this Bhutanese National Park are: marmot, goral, pika, sambar, serow and Indian leopard. Besides all these, there are also over 300 bird species flying around the Jigme Dorji National Park. The Jigme Dorji National Park also plays the role of nursery for a wide variety of plant species.

Snow leopard Bengal tiger Marmot Goral Indian leopard

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