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Address: Between Phuentsholing and Thimphu, Bhutan

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Energy is a very important aspect of development in Bhutan, with it receiving prime focus in the country’s five-year plans. Most of the hydropower plants generate power by means of run-of-the-river electricity. Constructed under the Indo-Bhutan treaty under Indian aid is the Chukha Hydropower Project or Chukha Hydel, Bhutan’s very first mega-power project. It is built in the Chimakoti village, on the banks of the perennial Wang Chhu River (even though it has been experiencing relatively dry winters lately).

Chukha Hydel’s glory days were between 2005-2006 when it contributed to over 30% of Bhutan’s total revenue and it was the kingdom’s largest source of income until the construction of the Tala Hydropower Project commissioned in 2007. Bhutan assumed full control of the plant in 1991, since its construction began in the 1970s and the project cost Nu 2.46 billion, funded by the Government of India. It is operated by Druk Green.

The reservoir located here is a great place to visit to enjoy a day in the sun with some swimming, boating and picnics.

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  • Try and go either early in the morning or in the evening.
  • Carry bottled water and snacks.
  • Carry a camera.

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