Samdrup Jongkhar

Samdrup Jongkhar is located at the south-eastern part of Bhutan and borders the Indian state of Assam. It is the oldest town of Bhutan and is the largest urban center in eastern Bhutan. Its elevation ranged from 200m to 3,500m. Samdrup Jongkhar district 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. There are several tourist spots in Samdrup Jongkar including the Mithun Breeding Farm and Samdrup Dzong. Samdrup is a bustling little town with shopkeepers and hawkers coming from the nearby border of Assam to sell their wares.

Samdrup Jongkhar Dzong

Samdrup Jongkhar Dzong serves as the administrative centre of the district and is one of the newest Dzongs in the country. Unlike other Dzongs that are built on strategic locations atop mountains or between rivers, the Dzong in Samdrup Jongkhar is built on a flat and fairly wide-open area.

The Zangdopelri

The Zangdopelri Temple is three storied set in the middle of the town and is adorned with the work of the master Bhutanese craftsmen. Due to its religious significance and convenient location, it is at the heart of the spiritual lives of the people of this area.


Dewathang is the site where Jigme Namgyal, the father of Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck led the Bhutanese troops in a final battle against the British in 1884.

Mithun Breeding Farm

This Farm is located at Orong, along the highway reroute to Samdrup Jongkhar, above the town of Dewathang. The Mithuns raised here are supplied to the farmers of the six eastern districts and are considered the finest breed of bison in Bhutan.