Boasting a wealthy amalgamation of culture, ethnicity, artwork and scenic beauty, the border city of Phuentsholing serves as the gateway to the ‘land of thunder dragons’ from the Indian states of West Bengal, Sikkim and Assam. Lying in the Himalayan foothills at an altitude of simply 300 meters and adjoining to the sweltering city of Jaigaon in West Bengal, Phuentsholing presents vacationers a glimpse into the captivating culture, heritage and traditions of Bhutan.
Unlike the different locations of Bhutan, it is a bustling city city with cutting-edge structure and a sprawling business hub. It is crucial that shopaholics go to this vivid market and get enamored with the awesome vary of gadgets and nearby fruits and organic vegetables are sold here.
With its immense tranquility and simplicity, Phuentsholing delights travelers with its flora and fauna conservation park, serene monasteries, scenic viewpoints which captivates vacationers with surprising views of the Bengal plains, and nature parks.For animal lovers, there’s not not a better way to spend their afternoon right here than to treat themselves to the sight of the feeding session of crocodiles in the Amo Chhu Crocodile Breeding Centre, a conservation sanctuary of apex predators inclusive of mugger crocodiles and endangered gharials.
Places to visit in Phuentsholing
Founded in 1967 by Royal Grand Mother, Ashi Phuntsho Choedron and located at the altitude of 400m, this lovely monastery incorporates artwork on the existence of Buddha, statues of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Guru Rinpoche. From the monastery there is a captivating view of Phuntsholing city and surrounding plains.
Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang
This temple or lhakhang is located in the centre of the Phuentsholing city is a illustration of the celestial adobeof Guru Rinpoche, albeit in concrete. On the floor floor, you will discover statues of the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche, or the eight important varieties that he assumed at exceptional factors in his life. The partitions are embellished with artwork depicting the raise of Buddha. On the subsequent ground you will locate eight Bodhisattavas and statues of Avalokiteshvara and Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal whilst the pinnacle ground hosts the fundamental statue of Amitabha.
Bhutan has only one international airport in Paro, which is regarded as one of the world’s most dangerous airports. Owing to this reason, only a few certified pilots are allowed to fly in and out from here. There are straight as well as connecting flights (via Nepal) from India to Bhutan. Cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Siliguri and Gaya have regular flights to Bhutan. In fact, Druk Air even operates flights from Bangkok, Singapore, Dhaka and Kathmandu to Paro.
Jaigaon town in West Bengal serves as the most common point if you wish to travel via road. It is located around 4 km from Phuentsholing, which is the border town of Bhutan. Once in Bhutan, you can continue your drive to Punakha.Another option is to take a bus from Esplanade station in Kolkata till Phuentsholing.
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