Phuentsholing

Phuentsholing (also sometimes spelled Phuntsholing), the second largest town in Bhutan (population around 40,000), is on the Indian border, next to the town of Jaigaon.

Phuentsholing

Understand

Phuentsholing is the point of entry for travelers arriving by bus from Kolkata and Siliguri and the town functions primarily as a place where Bhutanese and Indians do business. The architecture is modern, and there is no dzong, famous monastery or in fact anything of particular interest to tourists. However, like all of Bhutan, it does offer a clean, pleasant and safe environment in which to go about your business. NB: Until 2005, it was possible for overseas visitors to enter the town without a Bhutanese visa. Except for Indian nationals, this is no longer possible. Indians are denied entry beyond the checkpost in the absence of a permit.

The tourist information office is located in the Bhutan Post Building. Tel: +975 5 251-393.

Get in

Entry procedure

The information below is relevant only to guests or NGOs with visa clearance documents. Bhutan does not operate a visa on arrival system, and visitors without correct documentation will be denied entry. NB: Indian nationals do not require a visa to enter Phuentsholing, but need a permit to visit other parts of the country.

By bus

By train

The nearest railway station to Phuentsholing is at Hasimara, which is roughly a 30 minutes bus ride.

New Jalpaiguri Station in Siliguri is a four hour journey, but offers a greater number of services and is most favored option for travelers arriving in Bhutan by train.

Get around

The town center can easily be covered on foot, but there are an abundance of taxis for journeys out of town. Reserve cars are also available from Kings Travels,dial-098304-28401/093319-39486.

See

Do

You can also visit -Gumba- famous temple of Lord Budhha.nearby residence of royal family

Buy

Eat

Being on the Indian border, the town has a great selection of Indian restaurants.

Drink

The Bhutanese are generally very liberal consumers of alcohol. Small wonder then that alcohol is cheap and readily available in the innumerable bars of the town. One can choose from a range of Bhutanese brands of whiskeys, rums, brandies, gins, and a peculiar green concoction called sonfy which one would be wise to avoid. Two whiskey brands, Special Courier, and CSJ, made with Scottish malt,are actually quite pleasant. More internationally recognised brands of alcohol are also available at some of the more reputed watering holes such as the bars at Hotel Kuenga and at Hotel Druk-Bhutan, located in Dhamidhara, half a mile away from the din of the maintown market.


Sleep

Budget

Mid range

Connect

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