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Eastern Bhutan

Eastern Bhutan is the most densely populated region of Bhutan. However, it is remote than the other regions. One highlight of this region is that the cities and towns are generally built on mountain slopes except for the Samdrup Jongkhar which is in a valley on the Indian border. There are roads reaching the major towns but most settlements lay hidden in the steep hillsides of remote and isolated valleys.

Some of these settlements are home to minority ethnic groups comprising less than 1000 people. Sharchops are the predominant ethnic group in Eastern Bhutan. Normally they are followers of the Nyingma tradition of Buddhism. Even though there are many local languages and dialects, the dominant language here is Sharchop(language of the east). Sharchop is very different from Dzongkha. Due to this the people from eastern and western Bhutan usually have to use English or Nepali to communicate. Sometimes your guide might have to use sign language if you are visiting a remote village in this region.

The people of this region are fond of home-brewed 'arra' (rice wine) and locally grown green chilies. Maize is their main staple crop. The forest cover here is less extensive due to their slash-and-burn system of shifting cultivation called 'tseri'.

Being still untouched, this region is an opportunity for those who like to trek in never treaded upon paths. It also offers the visitors a look at the historic and natural wonders that is hidden in this region. This region comprises of the Mongar, Lhuntse, Tashi Yangtse, Tashigang and Samdrup Jongkhar districts. The culture is rich like other parts of Bhutan. Some of the rare animist rituals and Bon practices can still be seen here. As for now this region is for the adventure spirited tourists who like to experience basic accommodation and tented or farmhouse stays.

Destinations in Eastern Bhutan

Lhuentse

The Ancestral Home of the Kings In the north-eastern corner of Bhutan lies the ancient region of Kurtoe or Lhuentse as it is known today. It is the ancestral home of our Kings and boasts some... (more...)

Mongar

The Bastion of the Zhongarps Mongar, one of the six districts that make up eastern Bhutan borders Bumthang, Lhuentse, Pema Gatshel and Trashigang. The district covers an area of 1,954 sq.kms ... (more...)

Samdrup Jongkhar

Gateway to Eastern Bhutan The gate way to Eastern Bhutan, Samdrup Jongkhar is situated in the south eastern part and shares borders with the Indian state of Assam. It is by far the largest... (more...)

Trashi Yangtse

The land of spiritual awakening Trashiyangtse is a rapidly growing town and the administrative and religious center for the people of Trashiyangtse. It was carved out from Trashigang district ... (more...)

Trashigang

The Jewel of the East. Trashigang spans the easternmost corners of the kingdom, skirting up to the edge of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, and is the country’s largest district.... (more...)

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