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  • Phuent Sholing

    Phuentsholing is a border town in southern Bhutan, and is the administrative seat (dzongkhag thromde) of Chukha District.

    The town occupies parts of both Phuentsholing Gewog and Sampheling Gewog. Phuentsholing lies opposite the Indian town of Jaigaon, and cross-border trade has resulted in a thriving local economy. For example, the town serves as headquarters for the Bank of Bhutan. In 2005, Phuentsholing had a population of 20,537.

    Phuentsholing is the point of entry for travelers arriving by bus from Kolkata and Siliguri and the town functions primarily as a place where Bhutanese and Indians do business. The architecture is modern, and there is no dzong, famous monastery or in fact anything of particular interest to tourists. However, like all of Bhutan, it does offer a clean, pleasant and safe environment in which to go about your business. NB: Until 2005, it was possible for overseas visitors to enter the town without a Bhutanese visa. Except for Indian nationals, this is no longer possible. Indians are denied entry beyond the checkpost in the absence of a permit.

    Amo Chuu

    The Crocodile Breeding Centre on the banks of the river behind the bus station. The crocodiles are bred in order to be released in a nature reserve.

    The gate at the border (called Bhutan Gate)

    Not much to see, but it makes a good first photograph for your Bhutan photo album.

    Natural beauty of the surroundings.

    Chukha Hydrothermal Project.

    For this you need to take special permission.

    Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang

    This city centre temple represents the heaven of Guru Rinpoche. On ground floor there are statues of eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche and paintings on Buddha’s life while the next floor contains eight Bodhisattavas and statues of Avalokiteshvara and Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. On top floor, there is a main statue of Amitabha.

    Karbandi Monastery.

    After an Indian pilgrim became pregnant after praying at this monastery to conceive, the temple has become a regular port of call for couples wishing for children. For those who do not have parental ambitions, the view from the monastery over Phuentsholing and the Bengal Plain is still worth making the trip. The monastery is located a short distance above the town. Take a cab up and walk back. In google maps it is shown as Richending Gompa.

    Gateway to Bhutan

    Gateway to Bhutan

    7
    Days
    Phuent Sholing → Thimphu → Punakha → Paro
    This "Gateway to Bhutan" cultural tour is ideal for those wishing to enter Bhutan from the Indian state of Western Bengal via the southern overland border gateway of Phuentsholing. Beginning with a breathtaking journey on roads surrounded by lush green tea plantations with breathtaking...
    Bhutan Cycling and Hike Tour

    Bhutan Cycling and Hike Tour

    10
    Days
    Phuent Sholing → Thimphu → Punakha → wangdue Phodrang → Paro
    This "Bhutan Cycling and Hike Tour" starts in Phuntsholing and makes its way through the diverse landscapes that are culturally and historically significant towns of Bhutan. The goal is to celebrate the land of happiness; share real world experiences, where you will interact with...
    Druk Phuentsholing Hotel

    Druk Phuentsholing Hotel

    The Druk Phuentsholing Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the town and was instrumental in pioneering quaint accommodation in the Bhutanese hospitality industry. The hotel is designed to suit business-oriented clients and offers modest, clean accommodation at competitive rates. The hotel features...
    Royal Orchid Hotel

    Royal Orchid Hotel

    The newest quality hotel to be established in Bhutan’s southern gateway town Phuentsholing, the Royal Orchid hotel offers a wide range of facilities and comfortable beddings. The hotel is ideal for a quick layover when entering Bhutan via India or vice versa. Minutes away...
    Park Hotel Bhutan

    Park Hotel Bhutan

    Located next to Zangtopelri in central Phuentsholing town, Park Hotel Bhutan is barely a 5-minute drive from the Crocodile Zoo. Toorsa Tea Garden (in West Bengal) is about a 10-minute drive away. Paro International Airport can be reached in about 4 hours drive from...
    Lhaki Hotel

    Lhaki Hotel

    The newest hotel to hit Phuentsholing, the Lhaki hotel offers one of the best accommodations in town. The design translates into local Bhutanese themes and the interior is blessed with abundant use of natural lights. The rooms are designed keeping in views today’s traveller's...