Welcome to Samdrup Jongkhar
It's fascinating to see the morning tide of Indian workers crossing the border to work in the town of Samdrup Jongkhar. There's little reason to linger in this often sweltering border town, however. The highway enters Samdrup Jongkhar from the north, passing the small modern dzong with its goemba and traditional-style courthouse. The main road passes the Bank of Bhutan and crosses a bridge then turns left into the surprisingly neat and compact bazaar area. (If you are coming from India the clean, level sidewalks and streets will be a pleasant shock.) In the bazaar you'll find hotels, shops and restaurants. If you continue south instead of turning left, you will hit the border. A Bhutanese-style gate decorated with a dragon and garuda bids you farewell as you collect your passport exit stamp and cross into the heat and chaos of India.