Zhemgang is a town of about 2500 inhabitants located in Zhemgang District, Bhutan. Zhemgang is the capital city of the district and is located in Trong Gewog.
Zhemgang is notable for being one of the last regions where ancient Bon (Animist) religious practices are still observed. Though Buddhism has been growing in popularity in every region of the district, many still continue with the animist traditions and Bon priests, known as Bonpo, are considered respected religious leaders.
There are also a number of famous Buddhist temples in the region such as Buli Lhakhang and Tharpa Choeling Lhakhang. These ancient temples were built by the Terton Pema Lingpa, a famous revealer of the lost religious treasures of Guru Rimpoche.
Zhemgang is a region blessed with incredibly rich biodiversity. Its lush forests are home to 22 endangered animal species. One of the most interesting features in Zhemgang is the Royal Manas National Park, one of the most outstanding nature preserves worldwide. This protected park is the oldest nature preserve in the Kingdom of Bhutan. It’s incredible biodiversity includes hundreds of rare animal and plant species such as Golden Langurs, Gangetic Dolphins and the Asian One-horned Rhinoceros, which cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.
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