Discover Samdrup Jongkhar
Sharing its borders with the Indian states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Samdrup Jongkhar is an important gateway to the eastern region of Bhutan.
Due to its location, Samdrup Jongkhar is a commercially important district for cross border trade. Produce grown here includes maize, rice, oranges, chillies, mandarin, potato and ginger.
Things to do in Samdrup Jongkhar
Some of the great things you can enjoy in Samdrup Jongkhar include:
Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang
Situated in the heart of the town the three-storied Zangtho Pelri temple is dedicated to the celestial abode of Guru Rinpoche, a central figure in the transmission of Buddhism to Tibet. The temple was built in 1990s and serves as a spiritual refuge for the locals.
Just 18km from Samdrup Jongkhar is the town of Dewathang, which literally means ‘flat area of happiness’. It’s the location where Jigme Namgyal, the father of first King Ugyen Wangchuck led the Bhutanese troops in battle against the British in 1884. Though the Bhutanese put up a strong resistance, Jigme Namgyal ultimately signed the treaty of Sinchula with the British in 1865.
Chökyi Gyatso Institute
The Chökyi Gyatso Institute (CGI) in Dewathang started life as a small temple but today offers more than 140 monks a thorough education in Buddhist philosophy.
Mithun Breeding Farm
Visit the Mithun Breeding Farm to see the large domestic cattle also known as gayal and Drung ox that is found in Northeast India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Yunnan.
Go to the movies
Samdrup Jongkhar is also home to the oldest cinema in the country, popular amongst the Assamese from across the border for the Bollywood films it screens.
The best way to see Samdrup Jongkhar
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