Eastern Bhutan is one of the least explored regions of the kingdom and
offers one of most authentic experiences for adventure-oriented tourists. The
entire region is awash in unspoiled natural beauty, towering cliffs and pristine
forests with great variations in altitude and climatic conditions.
In addition to the regular Buddhist festivals, travellers to Eastern Bhutan
will be able to experience some of the country’s most ancient spiritual
practices while observing Animistic and Bon religious rituals.
The lush, breathtaking environments of the eastern region make it a perfect
location for day hikes or longer treks. Accommodations in this rural area are a
bit more Spartan than other parts of country but with the option to either camp
out beneath an ocean of stars or experience the unbridled warmth and
hospitality of the locals during a homestay you’ll never miss the comforts of
your hotel room.
The Eastern circuit includes the districts of Mongar, Lhuntse, Tashi
Yangtse, Tashigang and Samdrup Jongkhar.
Mongar is the fastest-developing district in eastern Bhutan. The region is bustling with many economic activities. It is known for its lemon grass, a plant that can be used to produce an essential oil. It also has a hydro power plant on the Kuri Chhu River. The western part of...
Lhuntse is the ancestral home to the Royal Family of Bhutan. The place is famous for the hand-loomed fabrics typically woven from fine silk, known as Kishutharas, keeping intact one of the most distinctive art forms of the country. Besides the perpetual royal anecdotes and the idiosyncratic ethnicity of the region,...
Trashigang, "The Jewel of the East", spans the easternmost corners of the kingdom, skirting up to the edge of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. It is the country’s largest district. Trashigang is home to the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, one of ten protected areas of Bhutan,...
Trashiyangtse District is one of the twenty dzongkhags comprising Bhutan. It was created in 1992 when Trashiyangtse district was split off from Trashigang District. It covers an area of 1,437.9 square kilometres. It borders the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. The ancient route between east and west Bhutan passed through...
Samdrup Jongkhar town holds the distinct honour of being the oldest town in Bhutan. This border town is a bustling little settlement packed to the brim with shopkeepers and hawkers from across the border. The gateway to eastern Bhutan, Samdrup Jongkhar is situated in the southeastern region of the country...
The name Pemagatshel translates to “Lotus Garden of Happiness”. This 517.8 sq. km district is located in southeastern Bhutan and its altitude ranges from 1,000-3,500 m. Over half of the small Dzongkhag is under the cover of broadleaf and coniferous forests and most of the remainder is farmland. Pemagatshel is...