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Phuentsholing

It is the second largest town in Bhutan. It is a border town in southern Bhutan and is the administrative seat of Chukha District. The town occupies parts of both Phuentsholing Gewog and Sampheling Gewog. Phuentsholing adjoins the Indian town of Jaigaon, and cross-border trade has resulted in a thriving local economy. The town once housed the headquarters of the Bank of Bhutan, which has now been shifted to Thimphu. 

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Place of Interest / Things to do
Zangto Pelri Lhakhang

Zangto Pelri Lhakhang is home to the exact replica of Guru Rinpoche, with eight life-size idols of different manifestations of the revered guru. Statues of Bodhisattvas, paintings of Lord Buddha, and statues of Avalokiteshvara are a few artistic wonders you shouldn’t miss during your visit.

Time taken from Phuentsholing: 5 mins

Karbandi Monastery

The temple compound of Karbandi Monastery, or as locals call it, Karbandi Goemba, houses impressive, large statues of Shabdrung Ngawang, Guru Rinpoche, and Shakyamuni Buddha. The plush garden located right outside the monastery gives a panoramic view of the Bengal plain and the Phuentsholing town. Eight different Tibetan Buddhist stupas can be seen enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the garden. According to legend, an Indian pilgrim couple visited this place and prayed for a child. The wish was granted, and since then, couples have been visiting this place in hopes of a better future.

 Time taken from Phuentsholing: 2 mins

Read blog post: Goempa with panoramic view of the Bengal plains and the Phuentsholing town

Amo Chhu Crocodile Breeding Centre

The Amo Chhu Crocodile Breeding Centre is undisputedly one of the most popular places to visit in Phuentsholing. Get close to these dangerous creatures in real life and see them snooze or feed. Of course, how close you get depends on the time you visit the breeding centre. With various species of crocodiles and alligators, it’s the place to be if you’re an animal lover.

Time taken from Phuentsholing: 1 hr


Bhutan Gate

Depicting traditional Bhutanese architecture, Bhutan Gate is the main gateway for entry from India. One of the most photographed attractions, the gate demarcates the Bhutanese and the Indian territory with adjoining cities Jaigaon and Phuentsholing. As you walk in, the difference is clearly visible in terms of architecture, municipal cleanliness, and orderly planning. Take a picture of the Bhutan Gate and make it your first photograph on your trip. It is advisable to choose hotels in the vicinity to mingle with the locals and shop in the city’s crowded markets.

 Time taken from Phuentsholing: 5 mins


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