Phobjikha

Gewog at a Glance

Phobjikha is a small Gewog extending to an area of 138.20Sqkm with an altitude ranging from 2800 to 4000 Meters above sea level. It is located in east- central part of the country, a little more than 65 kilometers away from Dzongkhag Administration, Wangduephodrang. It shares border with Athang Gewog in the South, Gangtey Gewog in the North and Sephu Gewog in the North – East frontier with an old neglected foot path connecting to Tsendebji Gewog of Trongsa Dzongkhag which is told to be approximately three hours journey on foot.

It comprises of five Chiwogs with 29 villages on aggregate. It has 375 households and a population of about little over 3200 head counts as per the counting from census registration of the Gewog. There could be a slight increase in the demography figure if the counting could be done from the annual census every year but it is not possible since civil registration is deemed confidential. On aggregate, there are 29 villages in the Gewog with 5 villages in Gangphel Chiwog and consist 78 households, 7 villages in Tawa Chiwog with 130 households, 5 villages in Khemdro Chiwog with 99 households, 3 villages in Drangha Chiwog with 36 households and 7 villages in Dogselna Chiwog with 32 households as of now excluding the newly registered Households in all the five Chiwogs.

The Gewog is known by its beauty and immemorial scenery stretching over a vast valley. Spring season is   a wonder for visitors from different walks of life. It is an exact time of the year where the true nature of its beauty is being revealed with varied abundant blossoms of flowers and rhododendrons complemented by cool breezes blowing through this heavenly abode. However, it is characterized by cold temperate climatic conditions with strong winds on a daily basis. It usually experiences a very harsh cold windy winters with snowfall and cool warm rainy summers.

Although, some parts of the terrain in the Gewog is rugged but most of the Agricultural land is situated on gentle slopes to vast stretches of gentle areas along its valley.  Approximately about 69.9 % of the Gewog is covered by forest mostly consisting of mixed conifers with sandy loam soil found very fertile, high in humus content best suitable for Potato cultivation which is evidently one of the most dominant cash crops cultivated in this part of the country on a very large scale for commercial purposes. It contributes to almost 90% of the peoples’ cash income generation and the same is used for buying all the necessities enough to last for a year. Obviously, it has contributed to enhancing and increasing the livelihood of the people thereby reducing the poverty incidences in the Gewog at an individual level in general.

The Gewog has good road accessibility with over 62kms of farm road being constructed over the last plan periods connecting every village. All the farm roads are open to traffic during winter months with exceptions during a few months in summer when heavy downpours are quite incessant. It has 100% Telecommunication networks both for B-Mobile and Tashi Cell. Electricity coverage is also 100% but frequently confronts power cuts almost 5-6 times everyday due to Electric Cable Poles erected through thick woods via Gogona and due to the underground cables along the plain areas.

The natural beauty of the valley complemented with rich flora and fauna in particular the Black-necked Cranes, makes the place an attractive recreational destination for both Bhutanese and foreign visitors. Moreover, the introduction of Home-Stay program in the villages adds more value for the foreign visitors to experience the living styles, food habits and culture of the people living in these far flung areas. But not much have been gained significantly for the proprietors of a few Home –Stay in the Gewog since most of the Tourists are absorbed by larger Tourist Hotels and Home-Stays in Gangtey Gewog.  Yet it does have great potentials for ecotourism given the proper initiatives put in place and the willingness of the people for any changes hereon on the same.

 

Local Government

 

Gewog Name:

Phobjikha Gewog

 

Geographical  Location

 

2800- 4000 meters above sea level

 

Total Area (sq.kms)

138.20 Sq. kms

Total No. of Chiwog

5 Chiwogs

 

      GT Member

Name

Designation

Gender

remarks

Jamtsho

Gup

Male

17846906

Sati

Tshogpa

Male

17866889

Sangay Dorji

Tshogpa

Male

17402144

Passang Dorji

Tshogpa

Male

17660485

Tshering Dorji

Tshogpa

Male

17737096

Gyeltshen

Tshogpa

Male

17846552

Thinley Dorji

Tshogpa

Male

17328854

 

 

Community Centre

1 no ( at Gewog centre, Dazi Jab)

 

Total Population

 Male

Female

Total

1885

 

1251

 

3136

Total No. of Villages

29

No. of Households

375

Empty Households(Gungtong)

5 numbers

Business License Holder

11 nos

Household with BBS and cable TV

89 HHs ( Cable TV = Nil)

             

 

 

Agriculture Sector

 

RNR extension centers

RNR-EC Office at Gewog centre, Dazi Jab

Farmer’s cooperatives

2 nos(vegetable Group & Local Sheep Preservation)

 

Irrigation schemes

Number

Kms

NA

NA

Forest Sector

No. of Community forest

7 numbers of community forests established

Sl.No

Names of CF

Estb. Date

Acreage

Location

1

 Dogsel CF

8/05/2009

184.98 AC

Dogselna, Dogselna Chiwog

 

2

Taphu Wongbab CF

 

03/30/2012

715.83 AC

Taphu, Tawa Chiwog

 

3

Drangha Kuenphen CF

18/04/2012

198.15 AC

Drangha, Drangha Chiwog

 

4

Kilkhorthang Phuensum CF

28/05/2012

168.12 AC

Kilkhorthang, Khemdro Chiwog

5

Gangphel CF

29/05/2013

91.92 AC

Gangphel, Gangphel Chiwog

  1.  

6

Yuetshen Thuensum CF

 

08/08/2013

214 AC

Chakji, Tawa Chiwog

  1.  

7

Samphel Norbuling  CF

 

01/08/2013

216.19 AC

Tangchey, Khemdro Chiwog

TOTAL Acreage

1789.19 AC

 

Reforestation

FY 2014-15

9.2 AC (LoCAL Project fund)

Gewog centre, Dazi Jab

Total Forest Coverage

69.9 %

           

 

 

Livestock Sector;

Sl.No

Chiwog

Thrabum

Jersey X

Jatsha/

Jatsham

Yangku/

Yangkum

Brownswiss X

Yak

Sheep

1

Gangphel

606

162

61

41

8

80

131

2

Tawa

967

136

28

14

0

0

808

3

Khemdro

698

193

9

11

18

0

291

4

Dogselna

304

17

10

7

0

0

0

5

Drangha

324

80

0

15

4

0

10

 

TOTAL

2899

588

108

88

30

80

1240

 

SUB-TOTAL

3713

80

1240

 

GRAND TOTAL

5033

 

 

Education

No. of Schools

HSS

MSS

PS

ECR

NFE

TOTAL

 

 

1 no

2 nos

3 Centres

 

No. of Students

Boys

Girls

Boys

Girls

Boys

Girls

Boys

Girls

Male

Female

Total

 

 

 

 

103

66

31

22

 

 

 

No. of Teachers

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

Total

 

 

 

 

4

2

1

3

 

 

 

Teacher student ratio

1:18

 

 

 

Health

Hospital/BHUs/ORCs

Hospital

 BHU

ORC

Total

Nil

Nil

2 nos

2 nos

RWSS Coverage

No. Household

With RWSS coverage

Percentage (%)

No. of Household Without RWSS coverage

Percentage (%)

347 HHs

99 %

28 HHs

1 %

No. of RWSS in the Gewog( five Chiwogs)

60 numbers of Rural Water Supply Schemes

No. of spring source protections

6 water sources(through LoCAL Project funding in the FY 2014-15)

Sl.No

Name of Spring Source

Acreage

Beneficiaries

Location

1

Dembangsa

3.7 AC

34 HHs

Gangphel, Gangphel Chiwog

2

Lhakhang Tag

7.7 AC

 

Taphu, Tawa Chiwog

3

Drangchu kha

3.8 AC

20 HHs

Tangchey, Khemdro Chiwog

4

Deykor Chapsa

3.9 AC

27 HHs

Khemdro, Khemdro Chiwog

5

Dazi Jab(2 water sources for Gup Office & Kilkhorthang combined)

4.1 AC

15 HHs

Dazi Jab, Khemdro Chiwog

6

Dazi Jab

2.3 AC

2 HHs

Dazi Jab, Khemdro Chwiog

               

Electricity

Household electrified

No.

%

Household not Electrified

No.

%

375

100 %

Nil

Nil

 

Tele-communication

Village with Mobile network

All villages

Village without mobile network

Nil( in few villages like Gaydeychen(10HHs) and Drang(2 HHs)…without full coverage)

 

Roads Networks

GC Roads (KMS)

65 Kms

Farm Roads (KMS)

62 Kms

 

No. of Farm Roads;

Sl

Name

Length

Const. Year

Remarks

 

Gangphel Chiwog;

 

 

 

1

Tabading – Gangphel farm road

6 KM

 

Benefits 75 HHs(overall)

2

Gangphel Zam - Zizi

5.3 KM

 

Benefits 29 HHs

3

Tsikorpang –Damchoelhakhang farm road

1.2 KM

 

Benefits 7 HHs (excluding beneficiaries from Gangtey Gewog)

 

Tawa Chiwog

 

 

 

1

Tangchey – Tafu farm road

3 KM

 

 

2

Tsoribuso – Ramichen FR

5.2 KM

 

Benefits 12 HHs

3

Pakji Zam – Chakji FR

2.3 KM

 

Benefits 10 HHs

4

Zhilam – Nimdosa FR

0.89KM

 

 

5

Gangyoed ram – Talachen FR

0.88KM

 

Benefits 17 HHs

6

Tawa – Poelam FR

1.10KM

 

Benefits 8 HHs

 

Khemdro Chiwog;

 

 

 

1

Nenphel – Ramsarba farm road

2 KM

 

Benefits 33 HHs

2

Dueney Chorten – Nenphel FR

1 KM

 

Benefits 14 HHs

3

Churibuso – Tangchey FR

0.5 KM

 

Benefits 23 HHs

4

Churibuso – Tsamshing Kesa FR

2.2 KM

 

Benefits 7 HHs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drangha Chiwog;

 

 

 

1

Gangtey – Drangha FR

7 KM

 

People of two Chiwogs(Drangha & Dogselna)

2

Tseldagong – Pangsar FR

1.8 KM

 

Benefits 9 HHs

3

Zamchuchen – Haal FR

1 KM

 

Benefits 15 HHs

4

Jishing Tsawa – Sangchugang FR

0.56KM

 

Benefits 3 HHs

 

Dogselna Chiwog;

 

 

 

1

Tseldagong – Dogselna FR

2 KM

 

Benefits 10 HHs

2

Tabading – Zamtogna FR

2.8 Km

 

People of two Chiwogs(Drangha & Dogselna)

3

Khewang Lhakhang – Gorphu FR

1.2 KM

 

Benefits 5 HHs

4

Khewang Lhakhang – Dangsar FR

2.2 KM

 

Benefits 14 HHs

5

Tseldagong – Tselda FR

1.2 KM

 

Benefits 2 HHs

6

Dangsar – Yukoma FR

1 KM

 

Benefits 2 HHs

 

Local Government;

 

Village Name Population

Village

Male

Female

Total

 

No. of Households

Gangphel Chiwog

  1. Gangphel

110

114

224

34 HHs

  1. Zizi

80

70

150

22 HHs

  1. Ziba

31

29

60

 

7 HHs

  1. Gaydeychen

13

11

24

3 HHs

  1. Damchoelhakhang

42

49

91

 

12 HHs

TOTAL

276

273

549

78 HHs

                            Tawa Chiwog

  1. Chakji

30

28

58

10 HHs

  1. Kephel

13

14

27

3 HHs

  1. Rampokto

21

23

44

5 HHs

  1. Zhiphu

43

59

102

7 HHs

  1. Talachen

66

52

118

11 HHs

  1. Poelam

38

39

77

7 HHs

  1. Tawa

103

98

201

22 HHs

  1. Ramichen

41

32

73

7 HHs

  1. Gangyoed

14

20

34

2 HHs

  1. Zhilam

89

97

186

15 HHs

  1. Nimdosa

86

91

177

12 HHs

  1. Taphu

119

117

236

29 HHs

TOTAL

663

670

1333

130 HHs

Khemdro Chiwog

 

  1. Nenphel

51

52

103

             14

  1. Tangchey

91

73

164

24

  1. Khemdro

110

106

216

31

  1. Kilkhorthang

73

95

168

28

  1. Dazi Jab

9

13

22

2

TOTAL

334

339

673

99 HHs

Dogselna Chiwog

 

  1. Gorphu

22

20

42

5

  1. Khewang

6

7

13

2

  1. Dangsar

12

21

33

3

  1. Chumichen

14

12

26

3

 

  1. Yukoma

6

5

11

2

 

  1. Jangchub Goenpa

8

15

23

3

  1. Tengkha Gayrey

12

10

22

3

  1. Dogselna

39

40

79

10

  1. Tselda Gong

5

6

11

1

TOTAL

124

136

260

32 HHs

Drangha Chiwog

  1. Pangsar

26

30

56

8 HHs

  1. Haepa

32

49

81

11 HHs

  1. Drang

50

60

110

11 HHs

  1. Bachi

3

6

9

2 HHs

  1. Gomlo

4

2

6

1 HH

  1. Zhukina

3

5

8

1 HH

  1. Jachenma

3

5

8

1 HH

TOTAL

121

325

446

36 HHs

                 

 

Civil Infrastructure;

Sl

Name

Year of const.

Remarks/Issues

1

Gewog Office

FY 2013-14

 

2

RNR/

FY 2012-13-14

 

3

BHU/Hospitals/ORC

NA

Gangphel & Tawa ORCs

4

Forest Range Office

NA

 

5

Park Office

NA

 

6

Veterinary Hospital

NA

 

7

CC Office

2013-14

 

8

RNR Staff Quarter

2012-13-14

 

9

Public Meeting Hall

2011-12

 

10

Kitchen & Toilet

2011-12

 

 

Livelihood;

Sl.No

Name of the crop/livestock

Annual Production

Remarks/ Issues

1

Cabbage

28 MT

Annual production 2015

2

Radish

154 MT

-do-

3

Potato

6657.03 MT

-do-

4

Buck Wheat

21 MT

-do-

5

Barley

30 MT

-do-

6

Cheese

18.01 MT

-do-

7

Butter

10.01 MT

-do-

8

Milk

200.11 MT

-do-

             

 

Religion & Culture

Lhakhangs

Govt. Owned

Community

Private

Total

Nil

7 nos

4 nos

11 nos

 

Cultural monuments;

Sl.No

Name of Lhakhang

Description

1

Damchoelhakhang

A community owned Lhakhang and it has been built by Lam Phajo Drukgom Zhipo in the 14th century. Sangay Tempa is the main nangten in the Lhakhang

2

Zizi Lhakhang

It’s a community owned Lhakhang and has been built by Ugyen Thinley Dorji 100 years ago. Chenreyzi is the main nangten in the Lhakhang

3

Gaydeychen Lhakhang (Thukten Drubcholing Lhakhang)

It is owned by the community and is said to have been built by Tsepai Lopen Jadu 19 years ago

4

Taphu Lhakhang

It is known as Thekchok Samten Choling Lhakhang and has been built by Dungtsho Kinley Gyeltshen. Chukchi Zhey is the main nangten in the Lhakhang and it is a community Lhakhang

5

Gangyoed Lhakhang

It is a community Lhakhang although it is not known who has built it. Duesum Sangye is the main nangten in the Lhakhang. It Constructed over 400 yrs ago

6

Kepai Tinglochu Lhakhang

It’s a private Lhakhang and is believed to have been built before 70 years ago. The founder of it is not yet known till now. The Chenreyzi is the main nangten in the Lhakhang

7

Sangay Penjor Lhakhang

It’s a pvt. Lhakhang and it has been built by Lam Lingbab in the 16th century.

8

Tangchey Lhakhang

It’s a pvt. Lhakhang and it is believed to have been built by Lam Ngagi Wangchuck during the 16th century

9

Kilkhorthang Lhakhang

It is a community owned Lhakhang and is believed to have been built during 15th century by Lam Thukten Drakpa. Chukchi Zhey is the main nangten in the Lhakhang

10

Ngelung Drechagling Lhakhang

The new Lhakhang was built recently a few years ago in 2006 by her highness, Royal Queen Grandmother. And in early march 2015, a nunnery was established for the wellbeing of the people of the Gewog by his eminence, Gyeltshen Truelku Rinpoche

11

Khewang Lhakhang

It’s a community owned Lhakhang built in the 14th century by Truelku Penjor Gyeltshen who was a mind reincarnation of Kuenkhen Longchen Rabjam

 

Bridges;

Sl No

Name and Type of bridge

Year of construction

Remarks

1

Lekjay Suspended Bridge

2012-13

LoCAL Project funding

2

Pakji RCC T-Girder Bridge

2014-15

Abutment constructed in the FY 2013-14 and its Slab launching is supplemented by LoCAL Project funding( FY 2014-15)

3

Zamtogna RCC Slab Bridge

2014-15

LoCAL Project funding

4

Gangphel RCC T-Girder Bridge

2014-15-16

GOI(SDP) II Phase

Institutions

No institutions in this Gewog.

Staff

Tourism