Merak and Sakten
Merak and Sakten are two remote villages located in the eastern part of Bhutan, near the border with Arunachal Pradesh in India. The two villages are inhabited by the Brokpa community, a semi-nomadic group of people who have preserved their unique cultural and linguistic heritage over the centuries.
Merak and Sakten are known for their traditional way of life, including their unique dress, cuisine, and architecture. The Brokpa people are famous for their yak herding, and they use yak wool to make warm clothing and blankets. Visitors to Merak and Sakten can witness traditional yak herding and learn about the process of making yak wool products.
In addition to its cultural heritage, Merak and Sakten offer stunning natural landscapes, including snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes, and lush forests. Visitors can take hikes and treks to explore the area and enjoy its natural beauty. The region is also home to a diverse range of wildlife, including the endangered snow leopard and the Himalayan black bear.
The villages are located in a restricted area, and access is limited to protect the local culture and environment. Tourists must also be accompanied by a licensed Bhutanese guide during their visit.
A visit to Merak and Sakten can be a unique and rewarding experience for tourists interested in Bhutanese culture and nature.