Phobjikha, at an altitude of 2900 m, falls under the district of Wangdue, Bhutan, and lies on the periphery of the Black Mountain National Park. The valley boasts two beautiful meandering rivers, Nakay Chhu (Chhu Naap-black water) and Gay Chhu (Chhu Karp-white water). According to a local legend, the two rivers actually represent a snake and a boar. The two animals once raced each other with an agreement that if the snake (Nakay Chhu) won, Phobjikha valley would be able to grow rice, but if the boar won, then rice could never be cultivated in the area. The snake lost since it had to meander all the way during its journey. Rice cannot be cultivated in the valley even today.
Population: Approx. 4500
Languages Spoken: Henke (Local dialect)
Phobjikha consists of mainly three geogs (administrative blocks), Gangtey, Phobjikha and Bjena and a few households from Sephu and Ada geogs
The residents of Gangtey geog are known as Gangteps. They migrate to lower altitudes during winter and return to Phobjikha in the spring. Most of the households have land holding and houses at lower altitudes where they cultivate rice.
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