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Phuentsholing (also sometimes spelled Phuntsholing) is second largest town in Bhutan situated on Indian border, next to the town of Jaigaon. Phuentsholing is point of entry for travelers arriving by bus from Kolkata and Siliguri in India and town functions primarily as a place where Bhutanese and Indians do business where architecture is modern.

Must See

Amo Chuu: Crocodile Breeding Centre on the banks of river behind bus station. Crocodiles are bred in order to be released in a nature reserve.

Gate at the border (called Bhutan Gate) - it makes a good first photograph for your Bhutan photo album.

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 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: When an Indian pilgrim became pregnant after praying at this monastery to conceive, temple has become a regular port of call for couples wishing for children. For those who do not have parental ambitions view from the monastery over Phuentsholing and Bengal Plain is still worth making the trip.


Phuentsholing does not have any handicraft gift shops, so do not leave your souvenir shopping until your departure from here.

The town has a good selection of supermarkets, electrical and computer shops and a fresh vegetable market.