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History of Gelephu dates back to 1960s when primitive settlement was shifted from the banks of Mao Chhu to the present area, which used to be known as Hati Sahar (Elephant infested place). The bus stand is located near the Bank of Bhutan which is 1.0 km from the India-Bhutan Border gate. It has bus services for the Thimphu, SamdrupJonkhar, Sarpang, Phuentsholing etc. Gelephu makes a perfect stop for treks to Royal Manas National Park as well as Phipsoo Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Royal Manas National Park

Lying in south central Bhutan, Manas is connected at the southern border with India’s Manas Tiger Reserve, a World Heritage Site. To the north it borders the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. Royal Manas was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1966 making it Bhutan’s oldest protected area. The area was upgraded to a National Park in 1993.

Read blog post: Royal Manas National Park is conservation showpiece of the Bhutan Kingdom

Bjoka Village

Bjoka village is about one and half hour drive from Pangbang through the heart of the Royal Manas National Park. The drive is through sub-tropical forests of giant bamboo trees and two spectacular waterfalls. Excursion of Bjoka and nearby villages is one of the key attractions of the Park and will add on to a unique cultural experience of ancient culture, traditions and beliefs.

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