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.