Shingkhar Gewog is one of the most remotest Gewogs of the Zhemgang Dzongkhag bordered by Sengor Gewog of Mongar Dzongkhag in the east, Bardo Gewog of Zhemgang in the south, Nangkor Gewog of Zhemgang in the west and Chumey and Ura Gewog of Bumthang in the North. The Gewog is administered from the Gewog Centre established at Shingkhar which is approximately about 120 km from the Dzongkhag Headquarter. The Gewog was connected by GC road in early 2016 only and it lies at an elevation ranging from 1000m to 4000m above the sea level. The area has micro-climatic differences, characterized by south facing slopes much drier and warmer than the north facing slopes which has different vegetation pattern with recess close to tributaries are moist and receives limited sunshine. The northern portion of the Gewog falls under the Phrumsengla National Park. The Gewog has total of five Chiwogs consisting of seven villages. The name of the villages were derived based on the beliefs, observation, landscape, time of settlement, etc. Zangling is derived from combined word of â€˜zangâ€™ and â€˜lingâ€™ meaning â€˜land of copperâ€™. A hollow stone considered to be â€˜nyeâ€™ â€˜a sacred placeâ€™, located south of present village, gives a sound of copper drum when it is beaten. The other popular sacred site located in this area is Ugyenpong (Guruâ€™s sacred site). Thajong is last of the entire villages in the locality to be inhabited by the people from Nimshong and Zangling village. â€˜Thajongâ€™ literally means â€˜last of the land or placeâ€™. Nimshong village receives very early sunrise after dawn compared to other villages in the vicinity. The name therefore, was derived from term â€˜Nimjongâ€™ meaning land or place of sun. In this village, sacred remains of Guru Rinpoche can be seen at two locations Ugyengor Nye and Kemegor (where a demon was subdued). Radhi possibly derived its name from the sardonic term brag â€˜dod meaning attachment to the landscape they occupied, surrounded by crag (Brag in Khengkha is cliffs) on three sides (north, south and east). Therefore, the name of the village initially could have been â€˜brag â€˜dÃ¶dâ€™ changing to Radhi later. Shingkhar derived its name from â€˜Zhingkham (â€˜abode of peace). The Village has two important sacred sites of Guru Rinpoche (Kuje Nye and Tingkar Nye). Historically, Shingkhar village occupied a significant place in the history of the Khengrig namsum, where village (Shingkhar Trong) housed the office of Dungpa appointed during the reign of 2nd Druk Gyalpo to administer the region until the position of Gup was created. Wamling was known as â€˜Womailingâ€™ meaning â€˜land of milkâ€™. â€˜Womailingâ€™ could have changed to Wamling due to change in pronunciation. Village also possess significant site, Tangtsho (Lake) located about half an hour walk from the Wamling Tshokiling Dratshang. Thrisa village was first occupied by settlers from Tunglabi, presently under Bardo Gewog as the new tax bearer (Threlpa) to the government. Thus, the newly occupied land came to be known as â€˜Threlsaâ€™, meaning â€˜Land for Taxâ€™, later it has changed to â€˜Thrisaâ€™. The other source says â€˜Thriâ€™ meaning throne and â€˜sarâ€™ means new. A new village located on the landscape which appeared like a throne came to be known as â€˜Thrisarâ€™.
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