Towards the south of Bhutan, bordering the gigantic Indian state of Assam lies Lhamoyzingkha the land known to be blessed by the divine god and goddess. The spectacular views of its enchanting environment are being beautified by the glorious sunbeams of spring morning sparkling upon layers, fighting before the clouds could really dominate them. The saga of peaceful nights and freshening morning arises when one could spend the evening listening to the rhetorical songs of birds along the edge of forest. The mornings being the fountain of spectacular views are the springboards for those onlookers who see beauty of environment as their source of luxury. Lhamoyzinkha is not only enriched by the presence of only “lake” in south but also has few natural wonders if you are being moved from freshening perspective of conservation.
Khurul Lake: The Most Visited Site of the Valley
In the mid of lush green forest, almost 20 minutes ride from lhamoyzingkha beside the new high way joining Dagana, lies Khurul Lake one of 2674 lakes in Bhutan. The lake is not only the driving source of tourism but also a social fence contributing towards conservation. The restrictions by lake itself from unethical acts and behaviors, pollution and disturbance have bonded in making the place aesthetic and also maintain its sanctity. For bird lovers, the place is another advantage of spotting Night Jar along the roadside just after the sunset when the night has been welcomed. The interesting significance of the site is, many a time I heard people telling the shells be observed which otherwise will be only found in oceans. Yes, the shells are presents and I have seen it but I am not sure if it is only found in ocean. The shells are beautifully shaped like a beautiful “Dungkar” and if taken is considered to accumulate negative merits finding yourself haunted with sleepless nights and illness. But, visiting the place is never regret for you as you got to see the beauty of lake engulfed between the enchanting environments and guarded variety of birds.
The Beautiful Natural Salt-lick: The Sacred Home for” Lama Lamini”
Salt-licks are the nutrients and mineral source for wildlife besides its wonders for unique appearance. Saltlick at Tintalay village in Lhamoyzingkha Dugkhag is not only beautiful but also large and unique enough to attract the hearts of nature lovers. As you ventured towards “Raidak” just below the roads you will see the unique soil structures in shape and is not other than salt-lick. Local people consider the area as sacred as it is believed to be the hermitage of a yoga and yogi who later died in the area too. The local folks still perform rituals in their homes to please the spirits of those two hermits which is considered to be the guardian of the site. For conservationist, you need not haunt and go searching in jungles for salt-lick like we foresters do for enrichment. Because it is very near and next to the road and leaving it unnoticed will regret you. Sadly, the salt-lick seems to be deteriorating with developmental activities like road construction and widening in process. For those visitors, it is important to take care of the waste like plastics and papers in salt-lick as it could cause damage to the health of wildlife since salt licks are frequently visited by wildlife.
The sacred Place of Devithan : Role of Religion in Conservation
Devithan (Piping Dam), the sacred site in Lhamoyzingkha Dungkhag is located almost 4 km away from Devitar. The place has significant role in conservation by the place itself acting as social fence. Located near the river with school of fishes pooling around and water sprinkling like rain from the cave, the site could be the thought for many. The fact is in most of the small streams and rivers, fishes are likely seen due to the pressure from human intervention. Devithan has great role in conservation as the place is taken good care by the people irrespective of the religion. The inhabitants do not fish in the place as they are believed to be punished with negative merits bringing bad lucks and illness.
Like spring water and “Drupchus” in Buddhist context, Devithan also has water being originated from the very cave. The water itself is a symbol for its sanctity for those who consider the place as sacred. On the other hand, for a conservationist like me it is a perfect place to see the result of environmental conservation and role of trees as source of water. Above the cave, if you happen to see, you will notice trees and shrubs’ covering the place making it lush and green. The spectacular and heart –catching beauty is the wonder that I enjoy as a conservationist. Because in the modern era like today, certain proves are needed to explain some ignorant to win their hearts. And if you still don’t believe the role of trees as water source, visit Devithan.