Tsirang District is located in the southwestern part of Bhutan on the Wangdue-Gelephu highway.
Tsirang is noted for its gentle slopes and mild climates. The dzongkhag is also noted for its rich biodiversity, however, it is one of the few dzongkhags without a protected area. One of Bhutan’s longest rivers, the PunatsangChhu or Sankoshriver flows through the district. It is the main district where the Lhotshampas (Nepali-speaking Bhutanese) reside. The dominant language in Tsirang is Nepali, spoken by the heterogeneous Lhotshampa. In the north of Tsirang, Dzongkha is also spoken.
Damphu is the administrative headquarters and capital of Tsirang District. It is located on the north-south highway running from WangduePhodrang to Sarpang and Gelephu on the border with India. It is also where the TsirangDzong is located.
The route from WangduePhodrang to Tsirang is quite scenic; one will see one of the largest hydro power projects in the country being constructed. The project is powered by the Puna Tsang Chhu, the river that flows from Punakha.
PLACES OF ATTRACTIONS
1. TSIRANG DZONG
November 21: His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrated the new Tsirangdzong on November 19. The Prime Minister LyonchhenJigmi Y. Thinley was the chief guest at the consecration ceremony.
The TashiRabney or the consecration ceremony of the new Tsirangdzong began with Sunchey at the Kunerey led by His Holiness the Je Khnepo.
The dzong is located around half a kilometer from the Damphu town. The construction of the dzong began in January 2004. It was constructed at a cost of over Nu. 147 million.
The dzong will serve as the administrative headquarter of Tsirangdzongkhag and house about 65 offices and the DYT Hall. The dzong, however, will not house the Judiciary and the Clergy.
The Project Engineer LhabtenDorji said the dzong was actually due for completion in March this year. He said shortage of timber, skilled manpower and other construction material delayed the works. LhabtenDorji said some 150 skilled workers were involved in the construction. Apart from daily wage workers, villagers from the 12 geogs of the Dzongkhag made labour contribution.
The courtyard of the dzong was packed with people from the 12 geogs who came for the consecration ceremony.
Some of the people said the dzong will bring all sectors under one roof. This, they said will ease the administrative burden. People said earlier when offices were located in different places it took them several days to get their work done.
Various cultural programmes were presented by the students and the people of the Dzongkhag.
The Education minister LyonpoThakhur Singh Powdyel, the Home and Cultural Affairs minister LyonpoMinjurDorji, Dzongdas, Drangpons and Lam Netens from Wangdue, Punakha and Sarpangdzongkhags also attended the consecration ceremony.