Located at an elevation of about 180 meters above sea level, the Jigmechhu campsite in Chhukha is an emerging eco-tourism hotspot that has carved a niche for itself as a pleasant winter destination. Also known as “Majathang” (the Flat Land of Peacocks), Jigmechhu is a picturesque riverside settlement on the banks of Wangchhu and is bordered by the rolling plains of West Bengal and the Buxa Tiger Reserve to the south.
About 49 kilometers away from Gedu, Jigmechhu has a host of attractions that is tailor-made to suit visitors for a wholesome and memorable escapade. From birding to hiking and sport fishing, the scenic locale has all the elements that will make up for an unforgettable holiday destination. The place also has three campsites with well pitched tents while the pleasant home stays also provide an alternative mode of accommodation.
The lush sub-tropical forests teem with a plethora of wildlife and avifauna species and are an ideal destination for bird watching. Endangered birds like the majestic greater hornbill and the regal peacock can also be sighted in the vicinity. In addition, the Wangchhu which provides habitat for the golden and chocolate mahseer, offers an ideal setting for sport fishing.
There are also numerous pilgrimage site (Nyes) in the locality which are frequented not only by the locals but by Hindu pilgrims from India and can be a perfect getaway to undertake day excursions. The numerous local delicacies and fermented home-brewed drinks (Tongba) can be an icing on the cake.
As Jigmechhu is located in the southern foothills of Bhutan which experience a hot and humid climate, the perfect time to visit is during the dry months of November through to March when the skies are clear and the weather pleasant.