Posted on 04/09/2008

Photo taken on February 14, 2008

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Samdrup Jongkhar the border to India

Samdrup Jongkhar the border to India
This small frontier town is situated 18 kilometres from Deothang at the precise point where the mountains meet the plain. It is the headquarters of a district boasting a brand new dzong, although it is basically a town of small shopkeepers who serve all of Eastern Bhutan as far as Mongar and Lhuntshi. The tropical heat gives it a languid air which is accentuated by a lack of busy traffic.
After crossing the border into India it was a shock for us how all has changed, the mountains landscape into draggy lowlands, the kindness of the people, the tension in Indias Assam district, the highly armed eight checkpoints on the way 3 hours to Guwahati and so on. India is an amazing and beautiful country too but really not this part.