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Location of Gasa dzongkhag within Bhutan
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Location of Gasa dzongkhag within Bhutan

Gasa is one of the 20 dzongkhag (districts) comprising Bhutan. It is located in the far north of the county and spans the Middle and High Himalayas. The high altitude makes farming difficult, although government programs seek to establish mustard and summer vegetable planting programs. Residents herd yaks and dzos, and a small number benefit from the nascient tourism industry. Bhutan is divided into 20 districts (dzongkhag, singular and plural): Bumthang Chukha (old spelling Chhukha) Dagana Gasa Haa Lhuntse (old spelling Lhuntshi) Mongar Paro Pemagatshel (old spelling Pemagatsel) Punakha Samdrup Jongkhar Samtse (old spelling Samchi) Sarpang Thimphu Trashigang (old spelling Tashigang) Trashiyangste Trongsa (old spelling Tongsa) Tsirang (old spelling Chirang... Perspective view of the Himalaya and Mount Everest as seen from space looking south-south-east from over the Tibetan Plateau. ... Species See text The mustards are several plant species in the genus Brassica whose proverbially tiny mustard seeds are used as a spice and, by grinding and mixing them with water, vinegar or other liquids, are turned into a condiment also known as mustard. ... Binomial name Bos gruniens Linnaeus, 1766 Subspecies The yak (Bos grunniens) is a long-haired humped domestic bovine found in Tibet and throughout the Himalayan region of south central Asia. ... A Dzo is a male hybrid of a yak and a domesticated cow. ...


Gasa is most famous for its Layap people, and for the Snowman Trek, one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayas. The Layap are an abroginal people inhabiting the high mountains of North-west Bhutan in Laya, situated at an altitude of 3,850m, just below the Tsendagang peak. ... Many beautiful natural scenes are only accessible if one is willing to hike to get to them. ...


Gasa is bordered by Tibet to the north and by Thimphu, Punakha, and Wangdue Phodrang dzongkhags to the south. Gasa is divided into four gewogs: Tibet (older spelling Thibet; Tibetan: བོད་, Bod, pronounced pö in Lhasa dialect; Chinese: 西藏, pinyin: Xīzàng or 藏区 Zàngqū [the two names are used with different connotations; see Name section below]) is a region in Central Asia and the home of the Tibetan people. ... Location of Thimphu dzongkhag within Bhutan Thimphu (ཐིམ་ཕུ་) is the capital of Bhutan, and also the name of the surrounding valley and dzongkhag. ... Location of Punakha dzongkhag within Bhutan Punakha (སྤུ་ན་ཁ་) is one of the 20 dzongkhag (districts) comprising Bhutan. ... Location of Wangdue Phodrang Dzongkhag within Bhutan Wangdue Phodrang (previously spelled Wangdi Phodrang) is a dzongkhag (district), of central Bhutan. ... A gewog (Dzongkha block) refers to a group of villages in Bhutan and thus forms an intermediate geographic administrative unit between village and dzongkhag. ...

  • Goenkhamae Gewog
  • Goenkaatoe Gewog
  • Laya Gewog
  • Lunana Gewog

External links

  • Five year plan 2002-2007
  • Dzongkhag profile with map of gewogs


Districts of Bhutan Flag of Bhutan
Bumthang | Chukha | Dagana | Gasa | Haa | Lhuntse | Mongar | Paro | Pemagatshel | Punakha | Samdrup Jongkhar | Samtse | Sarpang | Thimphu | Trashigang | Trashiyangste | Trongsa | Tsirang | Wangdue Phodrang | Zhemgang

 
 

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