Living Experience with the Village People

The village of Amorimu (Goen Zhengosa) is situated at the buffer zone of Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Park. The village consists of about twenty households, solely isolated in the midst of sub-tropical conifer forest with broad-leaved forests at the foothills. Being almost an hour’s walk from across the motor-able road leading to Gasa/Goen Damji, the village is recently connected with a farm road and electricity after decades of isolation from modern amenities like motor road, school, health unit, electricity and telecommunication.

The village can be a prototype/model of a Bhutanese Village for anybody to visit and live with for a few days sharing the experiences of the day-to-day task and the eating habits of the villagers. The village as practiced in other villages of Bhutan performs annual ceremonial rituals during the winter. The Amorimu family practices the long tradition of performing seven days ritual (Bumdey) starting on the 26th day of the 10th month of the Bhutanese Calendar and ending on the 2nd day of the 11th month. The family has a history to relate to as far as the 12th century. The authenticity of the local people’s traditions, cultures and rituals can be of more values than those created especially for tourists.