Town & Gate

Samdrup Jongkhar town holds the distinct honor of being the oldest town in the country, a bustling little town which is by far the largest urban center in Eastern Bhutan, said to have developed as a result of the construction of the Samdrup Jongkhar-Tashigang national highway in the 1960s.

The town is a very clean and pleasant place with a diverse mixture of Bhutanese and Indian shops, restaurants and hotels and people from different cultural backgrounds. The town is also home to the oldest cinema in the country which is known for the Bollywood films (Indian) it screens.

One of the most distinct monuments of the town is the Indo-Bhutan Gate, an architectural delight that seems to have stood the test of time as it still stands strong in all its glory, screening thousands of commuters between the two countries every day.