The gateway of the land of thunder dragons, Phuentsholing is often regarded as the abode of kings and queens of the Himalayan Kingdom. Time moves at a slow pace here and the simplicity of the inhabitants complements the serenity of nature. At an altitude of only 300 meters.
A blooming border town in southern Bhutan, Phuentsholing is the main overland entry point from the Indian State of West Bengal. Lying opposite the Indian town of Jaigaon, this small but prestigious town is the administrative seat of the Chukha Dzongkhag, and has a thriving local economy from the cross-border trade with West Bengal. Despite being a relatively small town, it has a permanent population of more than 28,000 people, many of whom run or work in businesses related to Indian and international tourism.
Despite it being the financial, industrial, and trading capital of Bhutan, many of the tourists that cross the border soon move on, after they have photographed the famously ornate Bhutan Gate border crossing.
However, they miss two stunning Lhakhang’s that are worth visiting. The ZangtoPelri Lhakhang houses an exact likeness of the Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), in eight different manifestations, while the KarbandiGoemba, the winter residence of the Royal Grandmother, contains vast impressive statues of Padmasambhava, Gautama Buddha, and Shabdrung Ngawang.
With so many cities to visit in Bhutan, one tour may not be enough to see them all cities usually Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha, while other stunning locations in this unique kingdom are left out. While those are the major cities in the kingdom, travel to some of the more outlying towns and valleys can bring one a much better experience of Bhutan’s landscapes and scenery, as well as giving you a better understanding of their unique Buddhist culture. Here we also have prepared the ultimate Bhu for you to work a wonderful trip to Bhutan.
2. Karbandi Gumpa/ gumba (monastery)
Karbandi is one of the oldest Monasteries in Bhutan. Also known as Karbandi Gumba, it is situated 400 meters above an astonishing valley surrounded by coniferous trees. Built by Ashi Phuntsho Choedon, the Royal Grandmother n 1967. It is a religious shrine believed to bless infertile couples with children. After an Indian pilgrim couple visited the place to pray for a child, their prayers were answered. It has a garden adorned with colourful prayer flags. The Karbandi Monastery also has four large statues of Buddhist deities, and apart from this, the Monastery offers a breathtaking view of Phuentsholing valley. Best time to visit the place is late afternoons evenings as the sunset is mesmerizing from the viewpoint.
Places to visit in Phuentsholing