Places to visit in Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing is located at an altitude of 350 meters and is a thriving commercial center on the northern edge of the Indian plains and southern part of Bhutan. The gateway hub is 5-6 hours’ drive from Paro and Thimphu. And 4-5 hours’ drive from Bagdogra International airport in India. Bedside, being the strategic trading zone for Bhutanese with other neighboring countries of South Asia, it also facilitates tourism with other popular tourist destination such as Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kalimpong.

Phuentsholing shares boarder with the Indian city Jaigoan, therefore a wide range of accommodation and eating option are available, inside Phuentsholing as well as in Jaigoan.  For detailed accommodation option please visit our hotels in Phuentsholing page.  It is also imperative to note that tourist entering Bhutan through phuentsholing should bring along the approved bhutan visa along with them. Indian Tourist on the other hand may apply for permits at the immigration. Please note immigration offices are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

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Places to see in Phuentsholing.

ZangdoPelri Temple

ZangdoPelri Temple is located in the center of Phuntsholing town. Zangdoperli means the abode of Guru Rinpochey. The temple has 3 floors. On the ground level there are statues of Guru and his eight manifestations. And the wall is covered with paintings of Buddha's life story. On the second floor it contains eight Bodhisattavas and statues of Avalokiteshwara and Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal, while the top floor displays statue of Buddha Amitabha.

Kharbandi or Richending Monastery

Kharbandi Gompa or Richending monastery is short distance away from Phuntsholing along the road to Thimphu on the ridge. It was built in 1967 by the Royal Grandmother and the monastery contains paintings on the life of Buddha and statues of Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal and Guru Rinpochey. The view from the monastery garden towards the Phuntsholing and surrounding Indian plains are superb.

Crocodile Farm

Established in 1974, the farm is located at a short distance of 10 minutes’ drive from Phuentsholing town. The farm is home to Muggar,  Gharial and Marsh Crocodiles. The animals are fed every two days. A tour to the farm who definitely provided rare insights into this fascinating animals.