Rinchen Zangmo | Dagana
After the dzongkhag was identified as one of the dzongkhags for tourism flagship programme, about Nu 8 million (M) was approved for development of tourism in Dagana, including promotion of sites, homestays, and for the development of infrastructure and amenities in the dzongkhag.
Notwithstanding the many attractions, however, Dagana is among the dzongkhags that see very few tourists. The recent Dagap farm festival, which will now be an annual event, was initiated to improve the economy in the dzongkhag and the living standards of the people.
In the financial year, the dzongkhag saw less than 25 tourists arrive.
Dagana is also one of the dzongkhags with highest rate of poverty.
The dzongkhag’s economic development officer, Tshering Ngedup, said a team from Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) visited the dzongkhag identify tourist attraction sites.
Dzongkhag officials said that there were many historical sites in the dzongkhag, which also had potential for agro-based tourism, bird watching and that tourist arrival could be improved through the thousand-lake trek via the Dagala.
Poor road networks, lack of basic facilities and the location of the dzongkhag are some of the reasons that have contributed to poor tourist arrival in Dagana.
“We are looking at strengthening village homestays near Karmaling and Tsendagang gewogs. We can also strengthen river rafting services,” Tshering Ngedup said.
The flagship programme, he added, could also help create employment opportunities for the people of Dagana.
For the dzongkhag, however, initiating tourism promotion developmental activities must begin with infrastructural development.