Deothang

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Deothang, also known as Dewathang[1], is a town in south-eastern Bhutan which falls under Samdrup Jongkhar District. In 2010 it became part of Samdrup Jongkhar municipality (thromde)[2].

History[edit]

Until 1865 there was an important fort standing on the ridge overlooking the road into the town. This fort, known at the time as Dewangiri, was dismantled by the British during the Anglo-Bhutanese War of 1865. The British were defeated at Deothang and when they recaptured Dewangiri they destroyed much to attempt to compensate.

Geography[edit]

Dewathang is located in Samdrup Jongkhar District at an altitude of 870 metres (2855 feet).[3] It is 18 km away from the Dzongkhag Administration.The Gewog is bordered by Orong Gewog in the North, Phuntshothang Gewog in the East, Pemagatshel Dzongkhag in the West and Assam in the South. It consists of 23 villages with 352 households with a total population of 3091.

The town and surrounding area is known for its bird population and there is the Sonai-Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary.

Institutions[edit]

  1. Jigme Namgyal Engineering College
  2. Garpawoong Middle Secondary School
  3. Dungsam Academy
  4. Dewathang Primary School
  5. Rikhey Primary School
  6. Chokyi Jatsho Institute
  7. Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative
  8. Command Center, Royal Bhutan Army
  9. Dewathang Hospital

Notable People[edit]

  1. Neten Zangmo (Dasho) - Incumbent President of Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party and Chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bhutan
  2. Ugyen Chhewang - Auditor General of Bhutan (2005 - 2015)[4]
  3. Karma Sherab Tobgyal - Thrompon - Samdrup Jongkhar Thromde (2013-present)
  4. Kezang Dorji - Rapper/Social Worker
  5. Sangay Lhendup - National Council contestant for Samdrup Jongkhar District 2008 & 2013.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ see eg. list of Bhutan Post post codes http://www.bhutanpost.bt/documents/postcodes.pdf
  2. ^ approved thromdes & boundaries 2010, part 1 on the website of the Ministry of Works and Human Settlements http://www.mowhs.gov.bt/publications/approved-thromde-and-boundaries/
  3. ^ Pommaret, Francoise (2006). Bhutan Himalayan Mountains Kingdom (5th edition). Odyssey Books and Guides. p. 270.
  4. ^ "BBS". BBS. Aug 7, 2017.
  5. ^ www.kuenselonline.com Archived 2008-06-16 at the Wayback Machine.