The Phuentsholing is the Bhutan’s trading, industrial and the financial capital and is thus, meant more for the facilitation of the varied business activities rather than the tourism. Acting as a business place for both Indians and the Bhutanese, this place does not include any kind of monasteries, Dzong or any other sight for the purpose of being explored. However, you can expect the serenity, greenery and safety from the environment that is provided here like all other places in Bhutan that is really sound for indulging in any kind of business activity here. Phuentsholing holds the India-Bhutan border that is known to be a bisector of the different people and their culture as well an acceptor of the varied kinds of good traded from outside into Bhutan. Its neighbouring countries have influenced this elegant hub’s culture a bit, but on comparing this city is said to be more orderly than its neighbours.
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Phuentsholing is the 2nd largest town in Bhutan, situated on the Indian border next to Jaigaon town in India. It’s the entry way to the country for travelers arriving by bus from India and the town is primarily a commercial establishment where Bhutanese & Indians do business. Much unlike any Bhutanese town, this town has no dzong or any famous monastery. Nevertheless, the unexplored terrain and scenic natural beauty makes Phuentsholing a place worth visit, in spite of the chaos of its commercial areas. This town maintains the perfect mix of culture, traditions, beautiful landscapes and modern life style. Phuentsholing holds loads more in store. It is a hub that has ethnically diversified groups of people like Bhutanese, Nepalese and Indians living in perfect harmony with each other.
On your trip to Phuentsholing, visit the Karbandi Monastery, Zangto Pelri Lhakhang, Amo Chhu Crocodile Breeding Centre and the Bhutan Gate. The Amo Chuu The Crocodile Breeding Centre breeds crocs to release them into natural reserves. It is a good place to visit; The Bhutan Gate at Bhutan-India border is a photo point for your Bhutan travel dairy.; The Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang is the city centre temple which depicts the heaven of Guru Rinpoche.
On ground floor of this monument there are eight statues that showcase the manifestations of Guru Rinpoche. This place also has many paintings on the life of Buddha. Another floor here has eight Bodhisattavas and statues of Avalokiteshvara and Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. While the top floor has the main statue of Amitabha.; the Karbandi Monastery here became popular after an Indian devotee / pilgrim, who was childless for years, conceived after praying at this monastery. This shrine has become a port of call for childless couples. Nonetheless, the view from the monastery over the town to the Bengal plains is still worth seeing. Located at a short distance above the town, one can easily find a cab to visit the place and its nearby attractions. The last but not the least is the Chukha Hydrothermal Project area, which is a peaceful place to relax amidst natural beauty of the surroundings, but one needs prior permission to visit the project area.
Phuentsholing is a potpourri of traditions, adventure, nature and relaxation, offering everything to awaken the travel inside you. This place is a convenient link between Bhutan and India, and Indians do not require a visa to visit Bhutan.
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