Phuntsholing, also spelled as Phuentsholing is a border town in southern Bhutan and is the administrative seat of Chukha District. Phuntsholing offer unexplored terrain and natural scenic beauty, It is the perfect mix of traditions, beautiful landscapes, modern life and culture.
Phuntsholing is the most urbanized town of the country Bhutan. It is considered as the financial, industrial and trading capital of the country. Phuentsholing adjoins the Indian town of Jaigaon.The India-Bhutan border at Phuntsholing clearly separates two very different peoples and cultures. Jaigaon across the border is larger, bustling and loud, similar to many other West Bengal centers of commerce, albeit with many Bhutanese shoppers. Phuntsholing is uniquely more urban than other Bhutanese towns as it is the Bhutan financial, industrial and trading capital. It has been affected a little by the neighboring culture, but is distinctly far more quiet and orderly than its neighbor.
Phuentsholing is the border town of India and Bhutan, so a lot of Indians and foreign tourists who have been touring the dooars-darjeeling-sikkim sides prefer entering Bhutan via Phuentsholing.
The border is separated by a long wall with a single Bhutanese gate. Locals can sometimes even cross without being asked for papers. Tourists from India, Bangladesh and Maldives do not need visa to enter Bhutan but have to show proof of identity such as a passport or voter ID card and apply for a permit at Phuntsholing to enter Bhutan. Other foreigners need a visa presented by a hired registered tour guide.
There are not many tourist attractions in Phuentsholing , you can cover all the below mentioned spots in one day. The Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang , Karbandi Monastery, Amu Choo Crocodile breeding center , Bhutan gate and Torsa River Side view point
Zangdok Palri Temple & Park : The Zangdok Palri Temple is a small but spiritually significant temple in Phuentsholing and contains many fine examples of Buddhist drawings. Zangto Pelri Lhakhang is home to the exact replica of Guru Rinpoche. The temple symbolizes the heaven envisioned by Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava). The name of the temple comes from the copper colored mountain which is believed to be the abode of guru Padmasambhava. .
Karbandi Monastery / Gompa : Being the oldest and first monastery, Karbandi Monastery bears Bhutanese architecture which tempts the heart of visitors.It is situated 400 metres above an astonishing valley surrounded by coniferous trees. Built by Ashi Phuntsho Choedron, the Royal Grandmother n 1967It is a religious shrine believed to bless infertile couples with children.
Amo Chhu Crocodile breeding center : First established in 1976, in a small pond, today the Amo Chhu Crocodile Breeding Center has developed into a major tourist attraction. Get close to various species of crocodiles and alligators and see them snooze or feed.
Torsa River Side: The Torsa river is also seen as you travel upwards from Phuentsholing to Paro/ Thimphu. The best thing about this place is that there is a walking path made alongside the river and vehicles are prohibited from running in that track. This is also a great site for photography
Bhutan Gate : 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.
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How to Reach Phuntsholing
By air: Reaching here is easy because it’s accessible by road. Nearest airport is Bagdogra airport (165 K.M). One can book private car from airport . Paro airport is 140 Km away.
By Rail: Closest railway station is Hasimara , distance is only 19 KM , its take around 30 to 45 minutes . Situated at a distance of 154 km from the North Bengal’s most important railway station NJP. Its take around 3 to 4 hour by car to reach here from NJP/Siliguri. .
By Road: Nearest roadway is National Highway 37. hasimara is just 19 km and take 30 to 45 minute to reach . One can get local auto from hasimara rail station for Jaigaon .