Unlike other places in Bhutan; Phuentsholing is a commercial centre with thriving business. But that is what makes it interesting. Different ethnic groups can be found here including Bhutanese, Nepalese and Indian. Just like any other buzzing city, a lot of noise and smoke can be found while walking. Yet there is something good about this place which calls people here.
Places to Visit in Phuentsholing
1. Zangto Pelri Lhakhang
It’s the place where you will find the almost exact relica of revered Guru Rinpoche’s. It is the celestial adobe of the Guru with a total of eight idols of manifestations of the Guru. Paintings of Lord Buddha, statues of eight Bodhisattavas and Avalokiteshavara and Shabdrung Ngawang Nmgyal are must see. While you see all this, take a few steps towards the top floor where there is a beautiful statue of Amitabha.
Local people come here to pay their respect to the lord. A beautiful garden surrounds the place with beautiful spinning prayer wheels. Be here early morning to get a glimpse of hundreds of monks.
2. Kharbandi Goemba
It’s a beautiful monastery founded in the year 1967 by Royal Grandmother Ashi Phuntsho Choedron herself. With some of the most beautiful paintings related to various life stages of Lord Buddha, it’s a good place to be around. Statues of Guru Rinpoche and Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal too are there. From the top of the monastery one gets a beautiful view of the Phuentsholing city.
3. Crocodile Breeding Centre
Open 09: 00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m., it’s the place where you can take your kids to see lazy lying crocodiles. If you wish to see the crocs being fed, then be here in the afternoon. And as you see around do not forget to buy the local bright coloured clothes which come for Nu 200 to Nu 400 per meter only!