Duenmang Tshachu – A Popular Hotspring Known for its Healing Properties

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Gothpo, 76, who has visited the tshachu, said that the Kheng Duenmang tshachu is a renowned hot spring with 'great healing powers'.

Hot Springs in Bhutan are known for their healing properties. (Source: https://www.travellocal.com/inspiration/blog/134/refresh-and-rejuvenate-bhutan-s-hot-springs)

 

The Duenmang tshachu (hot spring) is located on the right bank of the Mangdechhu at the base of a steep hill called Kamjong. It is widely known as the Kheng tshachu due to its location in the centre of the Kheng region.

Great news for tourists visiting the Duenmang tshachu under the Nangkor gewog in Zhemgang as they do not have to face the risk of falling boulders on the way there anymore. This is because the path that crosses under a cliff is being roofed with wire mesh.

New facilities constructed to enhance tourism to the hotspring

New facilities such as a guesthouse, a neykhang (residence of local deity), bathrooms, water taps, a new footpath within the Tshachu area covered by a canopy and secured with railing are also being constructed. Six new ponds have also been created besides improving the existing ponds.

The Zhemgang forest division’s chief forest officer, Ugyen Tenzin said that the foot trail from the road head at Praling to the Tshachu has been improved with steel railings and the path from the bridge till the Tshachu has been roofed with wire mesh.

He said that they are also constructing a cold water supply system to all the Tshachu ponds for new toilet facilities. “Flora and fauna at the area is also being documented,” he said.

Ugyen Tenzin said that the tshachu was in dire need of renovation as there was leakage in most of the ponds.

“The waste was also an issue since it was increasing,” he said.

Waste bins have also been constructed in Praling and the tshachu areas.

Coping with the increasing number of local and international visitors to the hot spring

But the previous amenities could not cater adequately to the increasing number of national and international visitors at the tshachu. Camping sites and the previous guesthouse could not accommodate the increasing number of visitors.

Ugyen Tenzin said that visitors will be able to enjoy better facilities with the funding of Nu 10.9 million (M) from the Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation.

The Zhemgang forest division has implemented the renovation and extension work with close consultation with the dzongkhag.

The tshachu is located on government reserve forest land which is under the jurisdiction of the Zhemgang forest division under Nankhor gewog.

Dorji Dema, 61, from Trongsa who visited the tshachu in 2014 said it was quite difficult for her to even find a place to pitch a tent. “It is also risky to live in tents in the area since monkeys roll stones down the cliff,” she said.

Amenities available at the popular hot spring known for its healing properties

The new guesthouse has 10 rooms and each room can accommodate 10 persons. Guests can also opt to stay in the attic.

Gothpo, 76, who has visited the tshachu, said that the Kheng Duenmang tshachu is a renowned hot spring with 'great healing powers'.

 

By Nima Wangdi (This article has been edited for the New Bhutan Times)

This article first appeared on Kuensel.

 


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