Samdrup Jongkhar

Samdrup Jongkhar is situated in the south eastern part of Bhutan and shares borders with the Indian state of Assam. It is by far the largest urban centre in eastern Bhutan. The road from Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar was completed in 1960s and it enables the eastern half of the country to access and benefit from trade with the south as well as across the Indian border. There is little to see in this area but it is a convenient exit town for tourists who have arranged to visit the neighboring Indian state of Assam.

  • Samdrup Jongkhar Dzong

The impressive Samdrup Jongkhar Dzong is built on a sprawling ground. It is one of the newest dzongs to have been built in the country. It was constructed in traditional Bhutanese style as well as used the modern raw materials like cements. The Dzong serves as administrative centre of the district.

  • The Dratshang

The Dratshang is located next to Samdrup Jongkhar Dzong. It houses monk body and novices.

  • The Zangdopelri

Zangdopelri is located in the heart of the town of Samdrup Jongkhar. It serves as a spiritual place for the locals.

  • Dewathang

It is a small town located 18 kilometers away from Samdrup Jongkhar. It is the place where last battle of Duar war with British was fought in 1884. From this battle Bhutan surrendered the Duars and signed the treaty of Sinchula with the British in 1865.

  • Chokyi Gyatso Institute, Dewathang, Bhutan

The late Lama Sonam Zangpo, a great master and Rinpoche’s maternal grandfather, built a small temple in Dewathang, in eastern Bhutan in 1972, with the wish that in future Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche could establish a shedra (a Buddhist college) there. Fulfilling Lama Sonam Zangpo’s wish, in 1990 Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche initiated and built a Shedra Known as Chökyi Gyatso Institute. The institute today provides the study for Buddhist philosophy as well as practice Dewathang Chökyi Gyatso Institute upholds the tradition and practices of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo’s lineage

  • Mithun Breeding Farm

Dewathang also has the only mithun breeding farm in the east. It is located in Orong gewog. The Mithuns are considered one of the best breed and magnificent animal in Bhutan. The Mithuns raised here are supplied to the farmers of the six eastern districts.

  • The Town

The Samdrup Jongkhar town is considered as one of the oldest town in Bhutan. For the eastern Bhutan, it is considered as commercial hub as it is located near Indian border state, Assam.

  • Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic

The Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic (JNP), formerly known as the Royal Bhutan Polytechnic (RBP), is one colleges of the Royal University of Bhutan. It was established in 1972. It is located at the west end of Dewathang town. The institute is 18 kilometers away from Samdrup Jongkhar town in eastern Bhutan. Although it started with the Infrastructure development since 1972, it started offering Diploma level programmes in engineering from 22nd Feb 1974. Today the college provides diploma and Degree level programmes in Applied Engineering and technology