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  Amo Chuu Crocodile Breeding Centre

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

   Amo Chhu Crocodile Breeding Centre is one of the star attractions in Phuntsholing. The center was set up in 1976 and is located along the banks of the Amo Chhu River. The Crocodiles are bred here until they’re ready to take care of themselves in the outer world and are then released into the wild. The best time to visit the Amo Chuu breeding center would be during the feeding time of the crocodiles, which is every day around noon. A fee of Nu 50 is charged as an entry fee for adults who are non SAARC nationals.

  Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang

Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM

This Lhakhang (temple) is located right in the heart of Phuntsholing and represents the celestial abode of Guru Rinpoche. This iconic structure was constructed in the 1990s by Dasho Aku Thongmi, the man who also composed the Bhutanese national anthem.

There are eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche on the ground floor and the walls are adorned with paintings depicting Buddha's life. The next floor has eight Bodhisattavas and statues of Avalokiteshvara and Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. On the highest floor, you’ll find the main statue of Amitabha. The temple is surrounded by a very beautiful and well maintained garden, where people make rounds around the site to pay their homage to Guru Rinpoche.

  Karbandi Monastery/ Richending Gompa

Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM

The monastery is located above Phuntsholing and can easily be reached by taxi. Bhutanese legend has it that an Indian pilgrim became pregnant after praying at this monastery to conceive and ever since the temple has become a regular shrine for couples who want children but are unable to conceive.

The temple is also popular for the breath-taking view that it offers of Phuntsholing Town and the Bengal Plain. This is also supported by the surroundings of the monastery which include lush, green gardens. These gardens house eight different types of Tibetan chortens, or Tibetan Buddhist stupas.

  Bhutan Gate

Timings: All day

The Bhutan Gate is one of the most photographed locations in Bhutan and extensively designed with a Bhutanese theme. This is the gateway that connects India to Bhutan, by adjoining the cities of Phuntsholing and Jaigaon. The streets are filled with shops and markets and you can do a lot of street shopping here. It is rather noisy and messy in the Indian side but is quitter and well organized at the Bhutanese end.

The main thing to be kept in mind here is that while crossing over from one city to another isn’t an issue for Bhutanese nationals, Indian and foreign nationals require to carry their passport and a photo ID at all times as the Bhutanese Army officials carry out routine checks at the border. However, the picture of the Bhutan Gate is simply a must on your photo album!

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