Jigme Dorji National Park

Coordinates: 27°45′N 89°31′E / 27.750°N 89.517°E / 27.750; 89.517

Jigme Dorji National Park
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Location of Jigme Dorji National Park in pink
LocationGasa, Paro, Punakha, Thimphu, Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan
Area4,316 km2 (1,666 sq mi)
Named forJigme Dorji Wangchuck
WebsiteBhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation

The Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP),[1] 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 km², 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.[2][3]

Flora and fauna

The park provides sanctuary for 37 known species of mammals including several endangered, threatened or vulnerable species, such as the Bhutan 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, Himalayan serow, sambar, barking deer, Himalayan goral, Himalayan marmot, Himalayan 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.[2][3]

Bhutan Takin

Cultural sites

Jigme Dorji also contains sites of cultural and economic significance. Mount Jomolhari and Mount Jitchu Drake are worshipped as homes of the local deity. The fortresses of Lingshi Dzong and Gasa Dzong are sites of historical importance. The rivers Mo Chhu, Wangdi Chhu and Pa Chhu have their sources in the glacial lakes located in the park.[3][4]


Peaks of the Himalayas in the National Park

Jigme Dorji National Park covers most of northern Gasa District, including the bulk of Lunana and Laya Gewogs. These gewogs are the site of some of the most notable and precarious glaciers of Bhutan. These glaciers have thawed significantly over the course of recorded history, causing lethal and destructive glacial lake outburst floods. Chief among the glaciers and glacial lakes within the park are Thorthormi,[5][6] Luggye,[7] and Teri Kang.[8] As the seasons allow, temporary camps of laborers work within the park to reduce water levels to assuage the threat of flooding downstream.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Dofps
  2. ^ a b "Parks of Bhutan". Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation online. Bhutan Trust Fund. Archived from the original on 2 July 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Jigme Dorji National Park". Himalaya 2000 online. Bhutan Travel Guide. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Parks" (PDF). Protected Areas Programme. 9 (3). IUCN – The World Conservation Union. October 1999. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Pelden, Sonam (3 September 2010). "Thorthormi water level brought down 43 cm". Bhutan Observer online. Archived from the original on 19 January 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  6. ^ Choden, Kuenzang C (21 August 2009). "A major GLOF in 2010?". Bhutan Observer online. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  7. ^ a b Pelden, Sonam (9 October 2009). "Thorthormi water level brought down". Bhutan Observer online. Archived from the original on 19 January 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Snowman Trek I (to Sephu)". Tourism Council of Bhutan online. Government of Bhutan. 26 August 2008. Archived from the original on 25 April 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011.

External links

  • Bengal tiger versus Himalayan black bear
  • Jigme Dorji National Park: Where People, Tiger and Snow Leopard Coexist
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