Haa Herbal Garden to promote local medicinal herbs

A Herbal Garden has been developed in Haa to showcase and promote the locally found medicinal herbs as well as tourism in the valley.

A special feature in the garden is the Drongkher Tanadungi Phodrang or the Celestial City of Medicine surrounded by four medicinal mountains. The auspicious pavilion houses a 5.9 ft statue of Medicine Buddha and other statues each measuring 3″.

More than 75 varieties of herbs locally found and rich in medicinal values are grown in the garden. The list includes the three most prominent herbs namely Carum Carvi Linn, Dracocephalum Tanguiticum and Euphorbia griffithii.

According to Samten, the Dzongkhag Heath Officer, Haa is considered rich in natural resources and home to many rare flora and fauna but many people are not aware of our local herbs which are abundant in the forests. “The garden displays herbs with its properties to help people understand the medicinal value of plants that are used in the Bhutanese traditional medicine,” he said.

Further, he said the garden will serve as a research centre and academic site for traditional medicine in the future. It will be also a place for tranquility and healing to all visitors from near and far away.

Being one of the major sites for the 6th Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition, the garden will remain permanent as another legacy of the exhibition. It will be taken care by the Dzongkhag’s Traditional Medicine Unit. The team developed the fallow land area into a herbal garden with the dedication over a span of almost one year.

Meanwhile, the beautification works carried out nearby at the Ingo Zam such as yak sculpture, bamboo bubble house and lawn development will be an additional attraction for visitors to explore.

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