Sarpang District

Coordinates: 26°50′N 90°15′E / 26.833°N 90.250°E / 26.833; 90.250

Sarpang district
Map of Sarpang District in Bhutan
Map of Sarpang District in Bhutan
 • Total1,946 km2 (751 sq mi)
 • Total46,004
 • Density24/km2 (61/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+6 (BTT)
HDI (2019)0.684[1]
medium · 4th

Sarpang District (Dzongkha: གསར་སྤང་རྫོང་ཁག་; Wylie: Gsar-spang rdzong-khag; also known as "Geylegphug") is one of the 20 dzongkhags (districts) comprising Bhutan. Sarpang covers a total area of 1,946 sq km[2] and stretches from Lhamoizhingkha in West Bhutan to Manas National Park in the east.[2] Sarpang Dzongkhag is divided into one dungkhag, Gelephu, and 12 gewogs.


The dominant language in Sarpang is Nepali, an Indo-European language spoken by the heterogeneous Lhotshampa community. The East Bodish Kheng language is also spoken in the northeastern reaches of the district.

Administrative divisions

Sarpang District is currently divided into twelve village blocks (or gewogs):[3]


Much of Sarpang District consists of environmentally protected areas. Far western Sarpang District (the gewog of Senghe) contains part of the uninhabited Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary along the India border; northern Sarpang District (the gewog of Jigmechhoeling) is part of Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park; eastern and southeastern Sarpang District (the gewogs of Jigmechhoeling, Tareythang and Umling) lie within Royal Manas National Park. Sarpang is bisected by a wide swath of biological corridor connecting all three environmentally protected areas.[3][4]


On April 26, 2007, Lhamoy Zingkha Dungkhag (sub-district) was formally transferred from Sarpang Dzongkhag to Dagana Dzongkhag,[5] affecting the town of Lhamozingkha and three gewogs – Lhamoizingkha, Deorali and Nichula Gewogs (Zinchula) – that formed the westernmost part of Sarpang and became the southernmost part of Dagana.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ a b Facts about Bhutan The Land of the Thunder Dragon.
  3. ^ a b "Chiwogs in Sarpang" (PDF). Election Commission, Government of Bhutan. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-07-28.
  4. ^ "Parks of Bhutan". Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation online. Bhutan Trust Fund. Archived from the original on 2011-07-02. Retrieved 2011-03-26.
  5. ^ "Sarpang Dzongkhag Administration online – "Handing-Taking"". Wayback Machine Internet Archive. 2008-03-19. Archived from the original on 2008-03-19. Retrieved 2011-01-23. {{cite web}}: External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ "Sarpang Dzongkhag Ninth Plan (2002-2000007)" (PDF).[permanent dead link]

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