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The final leg of my journey across Bhutan was from Trashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar - a city on the border with Indian province of Assam. It had rained for several nights and the roads were in a rather bad state. The drive that was supposed to take less than 5 hours lasted 8 hours instead.

These kind of problems with the mountain weather happen very often and the roads are constantly maintained. It is a job done mainly by immigrants from Nepal, locally known as Lhotshampa ("people from the southern border").

Not only the Lhotshampas do long hours of hard work but also their living conditions are well below normal Bhutanese standard. Please have a look at some of their homes included in WS.

This is the less idyllic face of Bhutan...

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