Eastern Bhutan

Eastern Bhutan is a region in Bhutan.


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The predominant ethnic group in Eastern Bhutan are Sharchops, who are generally followers of the Nyingma tradition of Buddhism and tend to be shorter and stockier than people in other parts of the country. Another characteristic of Eastern Bhutan is that the cities and towns are generally built on mountain slopes, a notable exception being Samdrup Jongkhar which is in a valley on the Indian border.

Lhuentse District is one of Bhutan's remotest and least developed districts, and the landscape in the north is dominated by the Himalayas. The district is famous for its beautiful and intricate woven cloth. There are no shops selling it, but no doubt pieces can be bought by visiting the houses of weavers - the village of Khoma is an especially good place to look.


Sharchopkha is the predominant language of the region, though there are local variations.

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The local drinks (home-brewed) available are (majority)ara, singchang, bangchang

The Government's breweries in Samdrup Jongkhar (Eastern Bhutan), Gelephu (Southern Bhutan) and Samtse (Southern Bhutan)are whiskey, rum, brandy and gin.

In central Bhutan, peach and apple Brandies are available too.

The beers (made in Bhutan) are Druk 11000 and Red Panda.

Indian drinks such as Hit Beer, Dansberg beer, Figuera red wine and Spry Red wine are also available at subsidised (by Indian Government) prices.

Overall, drinks are available literally everywhere with a majority of shops being "bar-shops".

At the main hospital (JDWNRH) in Thimphu, Bhutan, 80% of the deaths are attributed to alcohol (not including collateral damages such as drunk driving, murders under the influence etc).

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