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About Samdrup Jongkhar

Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag borders the Indian State of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The major portions of the Dzongkhag fall within the subtropical belt with elevations ranging from 200 meters to 3500 meters.It is also known as the Phuentsholling little sister due to the similarity in architectural style and the fact that both towns are on the border with India. Samdrup Jongkhar is a very clean and pleasant place with an eclectic mixture of Bhutanese, Indian shops, restaurants, hotels and is worth visiting. It is necessary to visit the Indian foreign check post at Darranga nearly 5 kilometers from Samdrup Jongkhar to get your entry stamp. Samdrup Jongkhar is a town of Samdrup Jongkhar District in Bhutan. It is located at the south-eastern part of Bhutan and borders the Indian state of Assam. This town perhaps was developed as a result of the construction of the Samdrup Jongkhar - Trashigang national Highway in the 1960. Samdrup Jongkhar is only the entry point of Bhutan from India from the Indian district of Assam. There are not many tourist spot yet Trashigang, Jakar, Mongar etc are nice places to visit from here. It is one of the important trading town for eastern districts of Bhutan. Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag has a mix of population mainly dominated by the Sharchops and Lhotshampas. Samdrup Jongkhar District is one of the 20 Dzongkhag or districts of Bhutan and it have 11 Gewogs. The dominant language of the district is Tshangla or Sharchopkha in the north and west and Nepali in the east. Samdrup Jongkhar acts as an entry point to Bhutan and is one night stay. Other than Samdrup in eastern Bhutan other cities are Bartsam, Deothang, Khaling, Lhuentse, Mongar, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Wamrong, etc worth visiting. Southeastern Samdrup Jongkhar contains Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary, which is connected via biological corridors to Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary to the north and Royal Manas National Park to the west. A small portion of northern Lauri Gewog is part of the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary. The town has no tourist class hotels but one can stay at Hotel Peljorling, Hotel Shambhala, Friends Hotel, etc. Bar serves Bhutanese liquor and some Bhutanese, Indian, Assamese food along with Chinese and Tibetan food.


Places to Visit Samdrup Jongkhar

Mongar Dzongkhag

The road approaching Mongar is one of the most spectacular journeys in the country. It passes over sheer cliffs and through beautiful fir forests and green pastures. Travelers passing this way will have the opportunity to visit the Rhododendron garden. There are countless varieties of rhododendrons here and on clear days you can even catch a glimpse of Gangkhar Puensum (7541 meters), the world’s highest unclimbed mountain.

 

Lhuentse Dzongkhag

Most of Lhuntse district is part of the environmentally protected areas of Bhutan. The district contains parts of Wangchuck Centennial Park in the north, Thrumshingla National Park in the south and Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary in the east. These three parks are connected by biological corridors that crisscross the central and southern regions of the district.

Lhuentse & around

Lhuentse is the ancestral home of the royal family of Bhutan, therefore historically very rich and significant. The valley is home to some of country’s most sacred pilgrimage sites. Located at an altitude of 800m - 5700m, it is approximately 3 hours’ drive from Mongar. Undoubtedly one of the most remote areas in Bhutan, it is popular for trekking, rich biodiversity and textile. The landscape is impressive with towering cliffs, deep river gorges and dense coniferous forest.   Some of the best handmade textile comes from the valley of Kurtoe, the Kurtoep women are known to be a connoisseur of traditional textile weaving; the famous Kushuthara textile originates from here.

Trashigang Dzongkhag

As you approach Trashigang or Trashiyangtse the first sign will be scores of prayer flags fluttering in the wind. The coloured ones bring in luck and prosperity while the white ones respect the dead. The road to Trashigang from Samdrup is not very smooth and is very windy (you will be reminded of Darjeeling’s Hill Cart Road). The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful and the view changes every 3 seconds. If you are a photography addict then the journey is going to take you a long long time. 

Far Eastern Bhutan

This trip is designed for those who are interested in seeing a greater part of the country. The tour provides an insight into the remoteness of the country’s Far East, where development is minimal due to the high passes and terrain. Your visit will feature an authentic look at the Bhutanese lifestyle. You will see firsthand and up close how people live and work.

Trashi Yangtse Dzongkhag

Trashi Yangtse Dzongkhag is located in the far north-east of Bhutan, bordering Tibet (China), Arunachal Pradesh (India) and Trashigang, Mongar and Lhuntse Dzongkhags. It counts 8 Geogs, of which Boomdeling in the north is thinly populated and covers half the Dzongkhag, most of it coinciding with the Boomdeling Wildlife Sanctuary.

Trashi Yangtse

As you approach Trashigang or Trashiyangtse the first sign will be scores of prayer flags fluttering in the wind. The coloured ones bring in luck and prosperity while the white ones respect the dead. The road to Trashigang from Samdrup is not very smooth and is very windy (you will be reminded of Darjeeling’s Hill Cart Road). The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful and the view changes every 3 seconds. If you are a photography addict then the journey is going to take you a long long time. 

Gom Kora

Around 13kms beyond Chazam (22km from Trashigang) on the road to Yangtse is an extraordinarily picturesque temple, just beneath the road, surrounded by terraced rice fields, called Gom Kora or actually Gomphu Kora (Gomphu meaning Mediation Place and Kora means Circumambulation). Guru Rinpoche meditated here and left a body impression on the rock. It is believed that Guru Rimpoche subdued an evil dragon here crushing it into the rock leaving impressions of the dragon's body and his hat. Guru Rimpoche also hide a Tshebum or vase containing the water of immortality inside the rock. Pilgrims may be fortunate to have opportunity to taste the water if it trickles out of the rock when they visit. The temple was built here in 17th century by Minjur Tempa, above the large rock with meditation cave underneath

Trashi Yangtse & around

Proudly referred to as the “Jewel of the East” by the Bhutanese, Trashigang is the Easternmost dzongkhag of Bhutan and its borders skirt the boundaries of Arunachal Pradesh. Trashigang is a huge district that has varying altitude from 700 to 4200 m. The biggest river of Bhutan, the mighty Dangmechu flows across this district. Trashigang town lies on the eastern side of the valley, right above the Drangme Chu River to the southern tip of where the Gamri River meets it.

Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag

The Youth Forum (Program) for Nine Secondary Schools was convened on the theme “Promoting culture and preserving environment through advocacy and awareness programme” from 26th -27th March, 2018 at Garpawoong MSS. It was commenced with Marchang Ceremony followed by welcome and overall program highlight and introduction of judges by Mr.Rinchen Gyeltshen, Chief Dzongkhag Education Officer and sharing of judging criteria by Mr.Dorji Gyalpo, TEO (Chief Judge of the Cultural Program).

Samdrup Jongkhar

Samdrup Jongkhar is a town and seat of Samdrup Jongkhar District in Bhutan.The town is located at the south-eastern part of Bhutan and borders the Indian state of Assam. Though there is no clear historical record of the development of the town, it is said to have developed as a result of the construction of the Samdrup Jongkhar-Tashigang national highway in the 1960s. In the past the Sharchops of Tashigang, Dundsan, Orong and Yangtse used to trade in a small Indian border town in Assam called Gudama . Today it is one of the most important trading towns for the eastern districts of Bhutan. Near the border is Hanumaan Mandir in NK Darranga, a temple run by Hanumaan Mandir Charity in which there are both Bhutan and Indian people member. After 2003, due to insurgency problems, much of the business was halted, causing a ripple effect on the developmental and socio-economic life of the people of most of eastern Bhutan.Samdrup Jonkhar Dzongkhag has a mix of population largely dominated by the Sharchops and by Lhotshampas in Bangtar. It is also an important economic center of the country where coal mining is an important contribution to the country's economy.

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