A paradisiacal locale enveloped under the cover of a thick and lush Himalayan forest, Zhemgang delights with its unmatched natural charm and offers a surreal holiday in the lap of Mother Nature. Zhemgang was earlier known as Shemgang and around 85% of the total area of the dzongkhag (district) is under forest cover, making it one of the best places to visit in Bhutan to experience the raw and wild marvels of nature.
Boasting a rich and exotic biodiversity full of rare and endangered species, Zhemgang is home to three wildlife reserves, the Royal Manas, the Jigme Singye Wangchuck and the Thrumshingla National Parks, which it shares with its neighbouring dzongkhags. The most popular tourist attraction in Zhemgang is the Royal Manas National Park, a sprawling wildlife reserve and oldest nature conservation Park of Bhutan.
Like other dzongkhags of Bhutan, Zhemgang also boasts a beautiful dzong situated atop a triangular-shaped ridge and set against the backdrop of the stunning Black Mountains. While this architectural marvel may make you simply awestruck by its sheer magnificence, the spectacular vistas of the surrounding Himalayan Mountains treat your eyes with their wondrous visual delights. Apart from this, Zhemgang, owing to its two monasteries, also caters to the needs of those looking for a spiritual holiday. Built by the revered Lama Terton Pema Lingpa, the Buli Lhakhang and the Tharpa Choeling Lhakhang delight weary souls with a pristine and peaceful environment.
Another popular tourist attraction in Zhemgang is the Duenmang hot spring which offers a therapeutic bath amidst the lush Himalayan landscapes and healing from many ailments. The best way to experience the true charm of Zhemgang is by traveling to its numerous heritage villages like Bjokha Village, Trong Village and the Dangkhar Village. These villages offer a glimpse into the local culture, cuisine and tradition of central Bhutan.