Sarpang District

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Coordinates: 26°50′N 90°15′E / 26.833°N 90.250°E / 26.833; 90.250

Location of Sarpang dzongkhag within Bhutan

Sarpang District (Dzongkha: གསར་སྤང་རྫོང་ཁག་; Wylie: Gsar-spang rdzong-khag; also known as "Geylegphug") is one of the 20 dzongkhags (districts) comprising Bhutan.

Languages[edit]

The dominant language in Sarpang is Nepali, an Indo-European language spoken by the heterogeneous Lhotshampa community. The East Bodish Kheng language is also spoken in the northeastern reaches of the district.

Geography[edit]

Sarpang is currently divided into twelve gewogs:[1]

Environment[edit]

Much of Sarpang consists of environmentally protected areas. Far western Sarpang (Senghe Gewog) contains part of the uninhabited Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary along the India border. Northern Sarpang (Jigmechhoeling Gewog) is part of Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park; eastern and southeastern Sarpang (Jigmechhoeling, Tareythang, Umling Gewogs) lie within Royal Manas National Park. Sarpang is bisected by a wide swath of biological corridor connecting all three environmentally protected areas.[1][2]

History[edit]

On April 26th 2007 Lhamoy Zingkha Dungkhag (sub-district) was formally transferred from Sarpang Dzongkhag to Dagana Dzongkhag,[3] affecting the town of Lhamozingkha and three gewogs – Lhamoizingkha, Deorali and Nichula Gewogs (Zinchula) – that formed the westernmost part of Sarpang and became the southernmost part of Dagana.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Chiwogs in Sarpang" (PDF). Election Commission, Government of Bhutan. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  2. ^ "Parks of Bhutan". Bhutan Trust Fund for Environmental Conservation online. Bhutan Trust Fund. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  3. ^ "Sarpang Dzongkhag Administration online – "Handing-Taking"". Wayback Machine Internet Archive. 2008-03-19. Archived from the original on 2008-03-19. Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  4. ^ "Sarpang Dzongkhag Ninth Plan (2002-2000007)" (PDF).