Phuentsholing (sometimes written as phuntsholing) is the unofficial commercial capital of Bhutan and siatuated at the southern border shared with Indian town of Jaigaon. Phuentsholing is the second largest town in Bhutan. An urban centre, it is more developed than most of the towns of Bhutan, yet it has a perfect amount of nature's touch. Home to different communities, it's a must-visit place in Bhutan for tourists entering Bhutan through land route from India.
The India-Bhutan border at Phuntsholing clearly separates two very different peoples and cultures. Jaigaon across the border is larger, bustling and loud, similar to many other West Bengal centres of commerce, albeit with many Bhutanese shoppers. It has been affected a little by the neighbouring culture, but is distinctly far more quiet and orderly than its neighbour city in India.
A few places of tourist interests are there in Phuentsholing. The Crocodile Breeding Centre on the banks of the river is one. The gate at the border is good for starting photographic memories of Bhutan tour. Kharbandi Monastery and Zangtho Pelri Lakhang (a temple) are the other places of interest in Phuentsholing.
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