Drakteng Gewog

Background

Drakteng Gewog is located towards the south covering an area of about 84.8KmĀ² and is the smallest Gewog in terms of size. It has 344 numbers of household and 9 villages. According to the PHCB-2005, the Gewog have 2697 number of population, out of which 1311 are male and 1386 are female. The Gewog shares boundary with Nubi Gewog to the north, Tangsibji to the west, partially with Bumthang Dzongkhag to the East and Langthil towards the south and southeast.

Drakteng Gewog is of historical importance particularly in the early part of the 20th century. When Kuengarabten Dzong was the winter Royal Palace of His Majesty the Second King of Bhutan. The Dzong is currently used as a monastic school by Trongsa Rabdey.

According to the PHCB-2005 report, of 2408 number of population are above the age of six and 57.8% with a total number of 1393 people are literate.

The Trongsa-Gelephu highway passes through the Gewog, which serves as a main economic artery. The Gewog has four farm roads and two approach roads, which are connected from the highway to the villages playing a vital role in marketing the surplus farm products.

Paddy, maize, mustard, rice and wheat are the form of major crops grown in the Gewog. Almost all type of vegetables are grown and villagers from this Gewog are mostly found in Trongsa Sunday market selling their surplus vegetables since they are near and are connected by Trongsa-Gelephu highway. The villagers of this Gewog have a long tradition of sharecropping the wetland which is mostly owned by people outside the Gewog.

This Gewog enjoys a warm climate with sandy loam soil type, with altitude ranging from about 1100 meters to 2000 meters above sea level. The monsoon season starts from June to August.