Phuentsholing trekking information


26° 51' 54.3816" N, 89° 23' 8.0448" E

Phuentsoling is popularly known as the 'Gateway to Bhutan', Visitors arriving by road from Sikkim or Darjeeling, or arriving by flight from Bagdogra in West Bengal will have to enter Bhutan via this border town of Bhutan. The town is a bustling commercial centre providing a glimse of Indian merchants and Bhutanese dressed in traditional khos and kiras. The climate of Phuentsholing contrasts greatly with the higher land of Bhutan. It is tropical, hot and humid during the summer, and warm and pleasant in the winter. It is located 180 km from Thimphu and is about a six hours drive. It is the only other entry/exit point to Bhutan other than the airport at Paro. From here heading northwards by the winding roads of the Himalayan foothills through tropical forests and isolated villages leads finally to an altitude of 8000 feet to the valleys of Thimphu and Paro.
Offering a magnificient view from its garden of the plains of Phuentsoling and India all the way to the horizon stands Kharbandi Gompa monastery five kilometres from Phuentsoling. It was founded in 1967 by the Royal Grandmother, Ashi Phuntsho Choedron and stands high above the Bengal plains.

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