The town of Phuentsholing is situated at the Bhutanese side of Indo-Bhutan border with Jaigaon in Indian side. Among all the three roadway passes between India and Bhutan, Phuentsholing is the busiest one for visitors of Bhutan. This is the second largest town in Bhutan and an excellent hub for Indian and Bhutanese people to trade. Tourists also get their permits before entering Bhutan for trips and other purposes. Although Phuentsholing doesn’t have many things to do, there are some tourist places in Phuentsholing which are worth visiting.
Amo Chhu is a crocodile rehabilitation centre in Phuentsholing. The centre is situated on the banks of the river. Crocodiles are bred here and then released in nature reserve.
Some tourists also visit the hydrothermal project in Chukha near Phuentsholing. If you want to visit it, you need special permission to enter.
This temple is situated at the city centre and is dedicated to Guru Rinpoche. The ground floor contains paintings on Buddha’s life and statues of Guru Rinpoche’s eight incarnations. In the first floor, there are eight Bodhisattavas and statue of Avalokiteshvara and Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The main statue of Amitabha is at the top floor.
This temple holds great importance for those who wants to taste the parenthood. It is said that a woman, who prayed here to conceive, became pregnant, and since then several couples visit this place to be blessed with children. Apart from that, the view of the Bengal plain and Phuentsholing is amazing from the monastery complex.
Handmade carpets are made in this factory, woven with Indian wool and synthetic dye. 49 knots are done per square inch to make these carpets. The factory is specialised in bulk orders for many of Bhutanese monasteries.
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