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Phuentsholing

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Best Time: April - June Read More

Ideal duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport Check Flights

"Border Town of Bhutan"

Phuentsholing Tourism

The second largest town in Bhutan, Phuentsholing shares its borders with the Indian State of West Bengal. Serving as an entry point for travellers from Kolkata and Siliguri, it is an important economic hub of Bhutan. An urban centre, it is more developed than most of the towns of Bhutan, yet it has a perfect amount of nature's touch. It offers an experience like nothing else. Home to different communities, it's a must-visit place in Bhutan.

Phuentsholing is a town on the southern border of Bhutan, known for its modern architecture. It is a valuable trading centre of Bhutan, where Indians, Nepalese and Bhutanese all come together to live and trade harmoniously in this town.

On your trip to Phuentsholing, you must visit Zangto Pelri Lhakhang, Karbandi Monastery, Bhutan Gate and Kharbandi Goemba. Zangto Pelri Lhakhang is a small temple dedicated to Guru Rinpoche. An exquisite example of the traditional Bhutanese architecture, Bhutan Gate is the main gateway for entry from India. The Amo Chuu, which is the Crocodile Breeding Centre, breeds almost extinct species like Ghariyals and alligators. Karbandi Monastery or Karbandi Goemba is a temple with giant statues of Shabdrung Ngawang, Guru Rinpoche and Shakyamuni Buddha. The temple has a rich history and offers a fantastic view.

The market of Phuentsholing is quite good and sells all kinds of products ranging from electricals to footwears to eatables. If you long for a peaceful and serene walk, then Torsa riverside is the place for you. No vehicles are allowed on the riverside, and the view and natural beauty leave you awestruck. This town is a must-visit if you want to experience a day or two of solidarity and peace.

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An important trade center

The town is a signficant business center for Bhutanese and Indians to do business. The headquarters of Bank of Bhutan are located in Phuentsholing.

History

A prominent town for trading in Bhutan, Phuentsholing is the city which witnessed the assassination of then Prime Minister Jigme Dorji by a corporal in the army on April 5th 1964. The enraged army and religious groups did not support the amendments (modernisation policies in Bhutan) made by him which led to this unfortunate event. Concrete houses and one-storeyed buildings started coming up in the late 1950s, following which subsequent services started in Phuentsholing, transforming this sleepy little village into the town we see today.

Shopping

There are no souvenir shops as such but other than that almost all kind of goods are easily available in the market. Clothes, electrical goods, eatables etc all can be bought at reasonable prices.

Religions

Buddhism is the major religion followed in Phuentsholing.

Nighlife

The nights are not as monotonous as most parts of Bhutan and being the liberal consumer of alcohol, finding alcohol is fairly easy here. But almost all the bars close before 11pm, so it's better to stock it up before 11pm.

Tips

Since the town is quite developed, there are banks and ATMs in the city and you can easily withdraw cash from any of the ATMs. Although, English is spoken and understood, there are many people who still don't speak English and hence learning a few basic Dzongkha syllables can be useful.

Restaurants and Local Food in Phuentsholing

As it is situated on the Border of India, there is a great deal of Indian restaurants all over the city. Many restaurants also serve the Bhutanese and Chinese dishes. Pa, etsy and datshi are few of the Bhutanese specialities that you must not miss during your visit to Phuentsholing. Hotel Galing offers good Indian cuisine and Pamo's is a decent place if you want to enjoy authentic Bhutanese food. ZEN restaurant, NEC restaurant, Park Hotel Bhutan, Vatika Restaurant are some of the best restaurants in the area. There are quite a few bars where you can enjoy a range of Bhutanese brands of whiskeys, rums, brandies, gins, and a peculiar green concoction called sonfy which shouldn't be attempted by the faint-hearted.
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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Monasteries, Good place to shop in Bhutan, Developed area.

What's Not So Great?

The place is not so quiet which defeats the purpose of seeking peace in Bhutan.

How To Reach Phuentsholing

Daily buses to Phuentsholing are available from Paro, home to the only international airport of Bhutan. Direct bus services to Phuentsholing are also available from the Haa Base, Tsirang, Dagana, Bumthang, Tshimasham, Samdrup Jongkhar and Trashiyangtse. Those arriving through the Indian border can reach Phuentsholing through Siliguri in West Bengal.

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