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Jigme Dorji National Park

Located in the Gasa district of Bhutan sits the Jigme Dorji National Park. The second largest national park in the country it stretches well over 4000 square kilometres and has a huge variety of different species of fauna, flora and birdlife.

Any eco-tourist visiting the park will probably be most taken with its amazing biological diversity. The park itself houses a virtual plethora of endangered species and is a must see location for green travellers with a love for wildlife.

One of the species the park is most famous for is deer. There are several species of deer roaming the park including the Himalayan Musk Deer and Muntjacs (commonly known as the barking deer).

However, it is birds that have really put this park on the map. Visitors to the park regularly come back amazed at the abundance of birds that seem to thrive from one corner of the park to another. The diversity of species is astounding and if you are a lover of birds, this is quite possibly one of the best locations on earth to enjoy them.

The national animal of Bhutan is the Takin, an unusual looking species, it is often referred to as the cattle chamois or gnu goat. Out of all the national parks in Bhutan this is the one where you will find the Takin in the greatest numbers.

For the eco-tourist who enjoys healing the park has a large amount of medicinal baths. What better way to cleanse the body? During the month of February Gasa has a festival which celebrates the countries heritage and commitment to conservation of rare animals and the protection of the numerous rare flora.

This festival also offers an excellent opportunity to learn about local customs and to buy from the merchants and to contribute directly into the community.

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