Jigme Dorji National Park, Thimphu

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The Jigme Dorji National Park, named after the late Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, is the second-largest National Park of Bhutan. It occupies almost the entire Gasa District, as well as the northern areas of Thimphu District, Paro District, Punakha, and Wangdue Phodrang Districts. It was established in 1974 and stretches over an area of 4316 kmĀ², thereby spanning all three climate zones of Bhutan, ranging in elevation from 1400 to over 7000 meters. About 6,500 people in 1,000 households live within the park, from subsistence agriculture and animal husbandry. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan's Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.Flora and faunaThe park provides sanctuary for 37 known species of mammals including several endangered, threatened or vulnerable species, such as the takin, snow leopard, clouded leopard, Bengal tiger, bharal or Himalayan blue sheep, black musk deer, Himalayan black bear, red panda, Ussuri dhole, and spotted linsang. It is also home to the Indian leopard, serow, sambar, barking deer, goral, marmot, pika and more than 300 species of birds. It is also the only park in Bhutan where the national animal (takin), flower (blue poppy), bird (raven) and tree (cypress) exist together.
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  • Closest national park from Thimphu, accessible from Thimphu by car within 1 hour. The park holds good variety of wildlife such as Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan and Goral.  more »
  • We drove through the park to start a walk to the Chari Monastery. People in Bhutan cherish their environment, they look after their surroundings. There are lots of paths to be walked - you need a guid...  more »
  • The nature is one of the jewels of the country and here you can take a perfect exemple of it. Choose one of the trekks that are offered in that park and you will see an amazing scenery, rare wildlife ...  more »

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