the frontier town of Bhutan

Phuentsholing is a frontier and thriving commercial center on the northern edge of the Indian plains and five-six hours drive south of Thimphu and Paro International airport. Situated at the foothills of Himalaya, it serves as the main trading zone for Bhutanese with other neighboring countries of South Asia . Visitors can reach Phuentsholing by road from Sikkim, Darjeeling and Bagdogra airport in West Bengal . It takes between 3 - 6 hours by drive from these places.

Places you can see are Kharbandi Gompa (Rinchending), built in 1967 by the Royal Grandmother, 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 Phuentsholing and surrounding Indian plains are superb.
Zangdopelri Temple, located in the center of Phuentsholing town, represents the abode of Guru Rinpochey. On the ground level there are statues of Guru and his eight manifestations. And the wall is covered with paintings of Buddha's life. On the second floor it contains of eight Bodhisattavas and statues of Avalokiteshwara and Shubdrung Nawang Namgyal while on the top floor the main statue is of Buddha Amitabha.

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Attractions in Phuentsholing, around and from Phuentsholing

  • Drive from Phuntsholing to Darjeeling Drive to Darjeeling from Phuntsholing crosses vast plains called Duars (originally Doors - for doors to Himalayas) with large tea estates. Several stops can be made along the way for chance to see the

  • bhutan by road

    Road from Phuentsoling to Thimphu The distance of 180km takes 6-7 hours depending on the road conditions and stops is long, spectacular and also rich and diverse with forever changing vegetation.
    Leaving the town, the road climbs up