Samdrup Jongkhar

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Samdrup Jongkhar is the gate way to Indian state of Assam. This district is situated in the south eastern part of Bhutan and has an attitude ranging from 200 metres to 3,500 metres above sea level.

The town in Samdrup Jongkhar is one of the oldest in Eastern Bhutan and has seen gradual development over the years. The town is a clean and pleasant place with an eclectic mixture of Bhutanese and Indian shops, restaurants and hotels. It also houses the oldest cinema theatre in the country.

Samdrup Jongkhar Dzong serves as the administrative centre in the district. It is one of the newest dzongs built in Bhutan, which is less charming and artistic than the traditional dzongs.

The small town situated 18 km from Samdrup Jongkhar called Dewathang is historically important. The battle of Dewangiri (old name for Dewanthang), between Bhutan and British India, was fought here in 1864. This war led to the signing of the treaty of Sinchula of 1865, which exchanged the territories in Assam, Dengual and part of Dewangiri in return for an annual subside from British India.

Above the town of Dewanthang, you will come across the only Mithun (domestic gaur-cattle hybrid breed) breeding farm in the east. The Mithuns are considered the best breed in Bhutan which is supplied to farmers of the 6 eastern districts.