Bjoka village or Bjoka Gewog is about one and half hour drive from Pangbang through the heart of the Royal Manas National Park. The drive is through sub-tropical forests of giant bamboo trees and two spectacular waterfalls. Excursion of Bjoka and nearby villages is one of the key attractions of the Park and will add on to a unique cultural experience of ancient culture, traditions and beliefs.
Bjoka Gewog lies in the south-east part of the Zhemgang Dzongkhag Administration covering an area of 196 sq. km. The Gewog is also considered as one of the remotest Gewog in the Dzongkhag. The Gewog is administered from the Gewog Centre established at Kamalung Village, which is 31 km away from the Drungkhag Administration, Panbang.
The Gewog shares its boundary with Ngangla and Goshing Gewog to the west, Bardho Gewog to the north and Mongar Dzongkhag to the east. The Gewog is popular for cane and bamboo handicrafts and is the major cash income sources besides mandarin and potato. In addition, the people also raise cattle and horses in order to generate cash income for their livelihood.
A feeder road branches off the Zhemgang – Pangbang highway that leads to Bjoka Central School and Bjoka Gewog Centre via Ngangla Gewog. It takes approximately 20 minutes to drive to Bjoka from Nangla. Bjoka community lhakhang sits on a ridge that joins the two villages of Bjoka and Nangla. The lhakhang is located east of Bjoka village, and the community road that connects Bjoka and Nangla passes next to the temple. The road to the temple is just a few meters’ diversion from the main community feeder road.
The community’s lama and monks of the new monastic body (Dratshang) and local lay-practitioners conduct the festival as well as perform the mask dances. The new dratshang was started by Gangteng Trulku at the old Basic Health Unit structure with around 10 – 15 monks.
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