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Jigme Dorji National Park is in north western Bhutan.

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With over 4,300 km2 (1,700 sq mi), this is Bhutan's largest national park, and covers the entire district of Gasa and the western areas of Thimphu and Paro districts. The park provides sanctuary for many wild animals, including the snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, red panda, sambar, barking deer and marmot. The park is also home to a wide variety of Himalayan herbs used in traditional medicine and is the country's most active geothermic region.

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The park provides refuge for 37 known species of mammals including several endangered, threatened or vulnerable species such as the takin, snow leopard, clouded leopard, Bengal tiger, bharal or Himalayan blue sheep, Himalayan musk deer, the Tibetan bear, the red panda, the dhole or wild Indian dog, and the spotted linsango. It is also home to the Indian leopard, serao, sambar, muntjac, goral, marmot, pika and over 300 bird species. It is also the only park in Bhutan where the animal (takin), flower (blue poppy), bird (raven) and national tree (cypress) coexist together.

The park is also home to a large variety of Himalayan herbs used in traditional medicine and is the most active geothermal region in the country.

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  • Lingshi Dzong.
  • Gasa Dzong.

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  • Bathe at the Gasa Tsachhu hot springs - a 4-hour walk from the nearest road head at Goen Damje - simple accommodation available.

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