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.
India - Bhutan border is a soft border. Bhutan Gate is beautifully designed with typical Bhutanese architecture. The gate usually allows vehicles coming from India and other way round. The entrance of people is from the other side. The India side (Jaigaon) is a busy trade area where Indians sell street food, mobile accessories, and garments. There are showrooms, hotels and temples. Bhutanese often come here to buy cheap goods. The Bhutanese side (Phuentsholing) mainly has hotels, shops and bars.
Bhutan Gate, Phuentsholing
Going farther, there is the bus terminal where buses are available for places like Thimphu, Paro and Punakha. The Gate is nicely lit in the night. Just pass the gate and you can access great local food and shopping for souvenirs. 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.