Gelephu / Sarpang

GELEPHU

Gelephu is a region of the Dzongkhag of Sarpang. It is located in Southern Bhutan on the border with India and this makes it a hub for cross-border trade. Gelephu is a warm, fertile region with plenty of rainfall.

Gelephu is one of the areas through which visitors can enter Bhutan overland through the Indian state of Assam and it is also a gateway to the Royal Manas National Park, the oldest nature preserve in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Its incredible biodiversity includes hundreds of rare animal and plant species that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world such as Golden Langurs, Gangetic Dolphins and the Asian One-horned Rhinoceros. The park is the most biologically diverse protected area in the kingdom as well as one of the most outstanding nature preserves worldwide.

The two most defining aspects of the Gelephu region are the new Gelephu Airport and the Gelephu Hotsprings (Tshachu).

Gelephu Airport

This is one of the new domestic airports that have recently been opened in the country. The inaugural flight on was launched on 25th of October 2012. This airport is one of the major keys to the strengthening links with and opening up more rural areas of the country.

Gelephu Tshachu

This Hot Spring is mainly frequented by the local residents but in winter people from all over Bhutan journey here cure themselves of diseases.

Visitors can also try out the ancient Bhutanese tradition of ‘Menchu’ or Hot Stone Baths. In this method water is heated by submerging red-hot stones into it.and then used to bathe and soak. This is a popular curative method that is used throughout the country.

SARPANG

Though there is not much in the way of an actual town the surrounding area is extremely beautiful. A large portion of the Dzongkhag falls under the Royal Manas National Park, a preserve with a incredible biodiversity.

The country’s first and only safari experience will soon be offered here and it is well worth a visit. This small settlement is ethnically diverse with members of every ethnicity in Bhutan present here. The diverse population gives visitors an interesting cultural experience with a wealth of disparate religions and traditions.

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