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GASA: A large portion of Gasa falls under the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Park and a special ‘Park Permit’ is required to go there. The roads are still unpaved as of now (Jan 2017) and conditions can be rough during monsoon. The journey to Gasa is beautiful with almost no traffic and quaint little settlements along the way.
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Park: Covers a large portion of Thimphu and Gasa and the park area starts just as one crosses Punakha to the north and goes all the way up to Gasa and beyond. A special permit is required to go here. It is a protected area and there are chances of encountering many wild animals depending on conditions and patience. The park is home to animals such as Bhutan’s National Animal, Takin, Tigers , Snow Leapords, Sambhar Deers, Himalayan Bears, Himalayan Monal, Tragopan and many more.
Gasa Hot Springs: The old one was washed away during a flash flood caused by an earthquake in 2009 and a new one has been rebuilt. It is one of the most popular hot springs in the country and locals visit it especially during winter holidays.
Gasa Trashi Thongmen Dzong: The name is taken from the protector deity of the place, Trashi Thongmen. It is the second of the four defence fortresses built under the command of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It was built in the 1640s by Desi Tenzin Drukdra and functioned as the defence tower in the northern region of Bhutan and has 3 strategically located watchtowers. The skeletal remains of a sheep that Zhabdrung himself brought from Tibet while escaping his enemies are still kept in the Dzong as one of the treasures.
Laya: It is about 2 days walk from Gasa but a road is currently being constructed. Laya is one of the Nothern most villages in Bhutan and is inhabited by semi-nomadic people called ‘Bjops’. Most of the people the depend on yaks as their main livelihood but off-late their main income has been collecting and selling a fungus called ‘Cordyceps Sinesis’ which grows on a caterpillar’s head killing the critter, and is found at altitudes above 5000m. The fungus can sell for as much as USD 20,000/ kg.
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