Samdrup Jongkhar

Samdrup Jongkhar - Situated at an altitude of 233 meters and has scenic drive routes all around. This town is small and is a commercial hub and serves nearly all of eastern sector of Bhutan as far as Mongar and Lhuntshi. It is the entry point in the south east bordering the state of Assam in India. The exit point is important due to its proximity to the airport at Guwahati.  The town is very pleasant and clean.

Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary and Royal Manas National Park are two major attraction of the region. Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the region spread over an area of nearly 270 square kilometers with an altitude range of 400 meters to over 2,200 meters. It also has one Dzongkha of Samdrup Jongkhar. Major fauna includes elephant, gaur, rare pygmy hog and hispid hare. Royal Manas National Park in the south central part is spread over three districts with an area of nearly 1020 square kilometers. One of the oldest protected area and was established in 1966.

To See

Zangdo Pelri Temple, School for the Blind, Khaling Weaving Centre, Dewathang, Mongar, Trashigang, Deothang, Bhangtar, Royal Manas National Park, Khaling Wildlife Sanctuary

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To Reach : Airways

Nearest Airport is at Guwahati, 110 kilometers and nearly 3 - 3 ½ hours. The nearest airport to Phuentsholing is Bagdogra and from Samdrup Jongkhar it is Guwahati. Bhutan's Airport is at Paro is about 1 hour drive from the capital, Thimpu. Druk Air is the only airline flying to and from Bhutan to Kathmandu, Kolkata, Gaya, New Delhi etc. Schedules vary between seasons, and extra flights are available during peak tourist season. Normally flights from New Delhi, via Katmandu and from Bangkok via Kolkata or Dhaka.

To Reach : Railways

Nearest Railway Station is Guwahati, 110 kilometers and nearly 3 - 3 ½ hours drive. Assam railway is closest to Samdrup Jongkhar. There is a proposal to link between Hashimara in West Bengal and Phuentsholing by an 18 kilometer rail line with bifurcation to Pasakha, Another between Kokrajhar in Assam and Gelephu by a 70 kilometer, Rangia in Assam and Samdrup Jongkhar via Darrang with a 60 kilometers track and Banarhat in West Bengal and Samtse by a 16 kilometer track

To Reach : Roadways

Roads are only for the Bhutan National to use as an entry and exit point. Travelers are only allowed to enter, exit point are Paro and Phuentsholing only. Samdrup Jongkhar to Guwahati in Assam is 110 kilometers and nearly 3 - 3 ½ hours drive.  Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar is nearly 8 hours drive. Tashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar 180 kilometers and nearly 7 - 8 hours drive. Samdrup Jongkhar to Phuentsholing 380 kilometers and nearly 10 hours drive. Flight and roadways are the best option of travels in Bhutan.

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