དྭངས་ཆུ།

Gewog Profile (Description):

The name of the place (Dangchu) holds miraculous historic and symbolic meaning from the time immemorial. The historic place is sacredly blessed by many divine personalities in the past. It was first visited and blessed by our 8th century Buddhist master, Guru Rinphoche. Guru mediated for three long months and blessed all the elements (earth, water and environment). It was then visited by our revered Buddhist Masters; Longchen Rabjam, Terton Ugyen Dorji Lingpa, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, Khenchen Sonam Yoedzer with crystal clear (Dang) devotion and blessed the running river (Chu) which undulates across the valley. Later during the 17th century, Zhabdrung officially approved the name the as Dangchupa (Dang- crystal clear, Chu-river, Pa- People) after having completed the construction of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong (Tshering, 2016, p. 78). Danghu Gewog presently houses 16 villages, 5 chiwogs, and 266 households with the total population of 1299 people.

The Gewog Center of Dangchu sited at the center of Danghu, which is 18.5 km away from the Wangue-Trongsa Highway. People of Dangchu are well-off for having access to cordyceps collection as their major source of income. Cash crops such as potatoes, chili, garlic, wheat and barley are grown to supplement their income for living. All the villages are connected with farm roads which immensely assist in improving the living standard of the people. Almost all the households have access to mobile services which has increased the pace disseminating the information. The sanitation facilities such as access to clean drinking water and flush toilets are still underway. There are two schools; Dangchu Primary school and Norbding Lower secondary school, one ECR and one Grade II BHU under Dangchu Gewog.

The Gewog abodes 16 Lhakhangs and many scared places (Nye) across the Gewog. Dangchu is popular for housing two holy rivers (Phochu and Mochu) to its neighboring districts; Bumthang, Trongsa, Punakha and Thimphu. Phochu/Wangchu has the spiritual power to heal eye sore and other diseases and it is believed to be the holy water of Guru Rinphoche. Mochu is said to be blessed by Guru Rinphoche and was further blessed by the Buddhist master Khenchen Sonam Yoedzer based on the prophecy. History reveals that having completed the renovation work of Chubar Stupa (which is located next to Gewog Center), an earthen pot filled with Mochu was placed as a brim inside the Stupa by the Khenchen. Surprisingly, the earthen pot filled with Mochu was discovered during the renovation work carried out by Agay Goleg sometimes in 1978. The divine river has the power to purify the internal and external defilements (Tshering, 2016, p. 78). So, we welcome everyone here to explore, discover and experience the quintessence of the heavenly abode and the GNH valley of Dangchu!

Local Government

 Gewog Name:

Dangchu

Geographical  Location

1540meters to 4120 meters

Total Area (sq.kms)

171.13

Total No. of Chiwog

5 chiwogs

 

      GT Member

Name

Designation

Gender

remarks

Sonam Dorji

GUP

Male

 

Sonam Dorji

Mangmi

Male

 

Lengo

Tashidingkha Zimi Tshogpa

Male

 

Mani Chogyel

Godraang Taagsar Tshogpa

Male

 

Pema

Tokaling Tomla Tshogpa

Male

 

Rinzin

Doongdoongnyelsa Tshogpa

Male

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community center

 

Total Population

 Male

Female

Total

599

700

1299

 Total No. of Villages

16

No. of Households

266

Business License Holder

15

Household with BBS and cable TV

120

             

Agriculture

 RNR extension centers

1

Farmer’s cooperatives

 

Irrigation schemes

Number

KMS

1

2

No of Community forest

4

Total Forest Coverage

75.64

 

Education

No. of Schools

HSS

LSS

PS

ECR

NFE

TOTAL

0

1

1

1

4

7

No. of Students

Boys

Girls

Boys

Girls

Boys

Girls

Boys

Girls

Male

Female

Total

0

0

193

203

65

64

18

10

20

13

586

No. of Teachers

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

Total

0

0

10

7

4

2

2

0

3

1

29

Teacher student ratio

 

 

Health

Hospital/BHUs/ORCs

Hospital

་ BHU

ORC

Total

 

1

3

4

RWSS Coverage

No. Household

With RWSS coverage

Percentage (%)

No. of Household Withhout RWSS coverage

Percentage (%)

266

100%

0

0%

               

Electricity

Household electrified

No.

%

Household without Electrified

No.

%

245

90%

21

10%

 

Tele-communication

Village with Mobile network

16 B-mobile & T Cell

Village without mobile network

0

 

Roads Networks

GC Roads (KMS)

21

Farm Roads (KMS)

45 km

 

Religion & Culture

Lhakhangs

Govt. Owned

Community

Private

Total

3

7

6

16

 

Civil Infrastructure

 Sl

Name

Year of const.

Remarks/Issues

 1

Gewog Office

2009

 

 2

RNR/

2010

 

3

BHU/Hospitals/ORC

1995

Taksa ORC-2007 Nobding ORC 2007 Reda ORC 2012

 4

Forest Range Office

Nobding Range 2013 July (New)

 

 5

Park Office

0

 

 6

Veterinary Hospital

0

 

 7

Others

 

 

 

No. of Farm Roads

Sl

Name

Length

Const. Year

Remarks

1

Reda-Rigon

5 km

2012

Feeder

2

Tomla Tokaling

 5 km

2012

 

3

Chuba

4.3 km

2011

 

4

Lumju

5 km

2013

 

5

Gobja

4.7 km

2015

Feeder

6

Eusagang

4 km

2011

 

7

Tashidingkha

2 km

2015

 

8

Jimmey

2 km

2015

 

9

Dogselna

2 km

2015

 

10

Taksa

7 km

2015

 

 Livelihood

Sl

Name of the crop/livestock

Annual Production

Remarks/ Issues

1

Chili

115 MT

 

2

potato

488 MT

 

3

Rice

117 MT

 

4

wheat

111MT

 

5

Milk

118MT

 

6

Cheese

10.15MT

 

7

Butter

5.97 MT

 

 

Cultural monuments

Sl

Name of Lhakhang

Description

1

Dendupcholing Shedra

Dorling Shedra

2

Safogang Lhakang

Community owned

3

Trakey Lhakang

Private lhakang

4

Shekardra Lhakang

Private lhakang

5

Kasey Lhakang

Private lhakang

6

Zabjey Lhakang

Community owned

7

Tshebiting Lhakang

Private owned

8

Ugyen Tshemo Lhakang

Community owned

9

Dogselna Lhakang

Community owned

10

Tashi Dingkha Lhakang

Community owned

11

Sibzoo Lkakang

Community owned

12

Taksa Lhakang

Community owned

13

Geydra Gonpa Lhakang

Community owned

14

Ney Gonpa lhakang

Private lhakang

15

Reda Gonpa lhakang

Dratashang

16

Reda Wog Lhakang

Dratashang

 Bridge

Sl no

Name and Type of bridge

Year of construction

remarks

1

Suspension Bridge Reda Gonpa

2007

 

2

Rida Shong RCC

2010

GC

3

Chama shong Suspended

2010

GC

4

Tsheba Shong RCC

2010

GC

5

Gewog center RCC

20106

GC

6

Dangchu Tangra Suspension

1990

 

 

Institutions

Staff

Tourism

No tourist destinations in this Gewog.