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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A place of lofty vales and mountains

View of Laya
Laya village

Laya is incredible place enveloped with Jichudrakey and Tsherimgang Mountain (main source of Mochu River) located North West meandering towards Lingzhi, and Masagang, Tsentagang and Gangchentag and much gigantic snow capped mountains (main source of Phochu River located north east spiraling towards Lunana geog. It is located in an altitude of 3800 masl and has 197 household at the moment. One can really feel calm and peace with enormous joys and happiness away from hustling and bustling city. It may be tough and headache journey for beginner while starting way from Gasa, but one may naturally perceive peace as and when we are greeted by virgin forests with clean breeze whirling through every direction. People are migrants where they live Punakha valley with horses during winter and other days with yak in their hut with individual pasture land. 
August, September and October month is the time where their family members meet together main house at Laya transporting goods and services by horses (main mode of transportation) especially used by tourist from Gasa to Laya which is main source of their livelihood. Meanwhile, other source of income generation is through cordycep (Cordyceps sinensis) collection and through yak hard cheese (Chugo) sale.
Students of Laya Primary School

Mid September to 1st week of October is the time period where every farmers harvest their wheat, barley and mustard as to used their tillers as fodder. One could see every farmer threshing these crops in front of their very house. The geog has one primary school, non formal education centre, RNR office and one branch office of Jigme Dorji National Park (JDNP) office. The geog grow mainly Cole crops such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, turnip, raddish and etc. Every household grow this in less amount for their own consumption. Meanwhile, Laya remain one of the unique land of culture and its life style embedding with pristine natural environments.