Bhutan, the land of the thunder dragon is a landlocked country which shares most of its boundary with some Indian state. Adjoining the Indian town Jaigaon with the southern district of Bhutan is a quaint border town called Phuentsholing. Phuentsholing which is also spelled as Phuntsholing is the point of entry for travelers arriving by bus from Kolkata and Siliguri and is known as the gateway towards Bhutan. The Bhutan Gate and a long fence divide the quaint kingdom of Bhutan from India.
The quaint settlement Phuentsholing is mostly bustling with the tourists who are waiting for their permits to venture further inside the mystical land of Bhutan. Phuentsholing is sited on rather plain region making it hot and humid during summer season. The unique location of Phuentsholing has made it the starting point for an adventurous journey to relish the untainted Himalayan beauty. Tourists during their visit to Phuentsholing can see the streets adorned with the archicture influenced by the Bhutanese culture while at the same time it is kind of fascinating to see only a flimsy fence separating the two countries. The quaint border town, Phuentsholing of southern Bhutan has few places within easy walking distance from Bhutan Gate which may hype the interest of tourists, the famous one being Amo Chuu crocodile breeding centre. Apart from being the breeding ground of crocodile Amo Chuu, commonly known as the Torsha River, is a favorite spot for fisherman and picnickers. The jungle that lies close by to Amo Chuu swarm with wild animals and birds making it a perfect place to spot some flora and fauna of subtropical region. There are few sacred religious centers in Phuentsholing which showcases the astounding artistic craftsmanship skill of Bhutanese people like Karbandi Monastery which is said have magical power to shower blessing upon childless couple. Bhutan Gate with its fascinating style and unique dragon craving showcases the influence of Bhutanese culture in the modern architecture. It is also deemed as one of the most pictorial sites of Phuentsholing. If visitors have few minutes to spare they can even take a stroll around the backstreet market of Phuentsholing for some fresh authentic Bhutanese cuisine. Showcasing the glimpse of hidden beauty which the land of thunder dragon Bhutan is endowed with, Phuentsholing has wooed the heart of many tourists.
Tourists while visiting the southern border town, Phuentsholing are greeted by the sight of magnificent Bhutan Gate which marks the starting of Bhutanese region. The buzzing Phuentsholing town has its own charisma and the sight of uphill winding paved road, leading towards the capital city Thimphu through the lush green meadow adds up to the charm.
Each season has its own charm to relish in Phuentsholing. But last spring (April to May) when surrounding valley is bursting with the vibrant color riot of blooming flora and autumn season (October to November) when the weather is pleasant and soothing is considered the best time to visit Phuentsholing.