East Bhutan comprises of the districts of Mongar, Lhuntshe, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Pemagatshel, and Samdrup Jongkhar at the Southern border. The East is still considered less developed than the West in terms of tourism infrastructure. That makes it an even more valuable and interesting place for adventurous travellers.
Eastern Bhutanese, called Sharchops, are known to be a very friendly and relaxed lot and in the villages they welcome their guests traditionally with a drink of the local moonshine ara, as part of the infamous tshoghchang ceremony.
Agricultural products range from rice, maize, millet, vegetables and various fruits such as mangos, oranges and papaya. Fruits are available throughout the year. Lhuntshe and Trashigang are famous for weaving and pottery and Trashiyangtse for the production of the traditional wooden bowls called thapa. In the higher altitude of Merak-Sakteng you can meet with the semi-nomadic yak herders, known as Brokpa, famous for their unique appearance and tradition