Phuentsholing, Bhutan

Phuntsholing, also spelled as Phuentsholing is a border town in southern Bhutan and is the administrative seat of Chukha District. The town occupies parts of both Phuentsholing Gewog and Sampheling Gewog.

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Zangto Pelri Lhakhang Phuentsholing

Zangto Pelri Lhakhang is home to the exact replica of Guru Rinpoche, with eight life-size idols of different manifestations of the revered Guru. Statues of Bodhisattvas, paintings of Lord Buddha and statues of Avalokiteshvara are a few artistic wonders you shouldn’t miss during your visit.

Don’t forget to take a few steps to the compound’s top floor, where the beautiful statue of Amitabha is placed. Locals visit the place to worship and pay their respect to several deities. Visit the place in the morning to catch a glimpse of Buddhist monks praying at the monastery.

Karbandi Monastery Phuentsholing

Karbandi Monastery, or as locals call it, Karbandi Goemba, is located at a height of 400 metres. Founded in 1967, it’s the winter residence of the Royal Grandmother, Ashi Phuntsho Choedron. The temple compound houses impressive, large statues of Shabdrung Ngawang, Guru Rinpoche and Shakyamuni Buddha. The plush garden located right outside the monastery gives a panoramic view of the Bengal Plain and the Phuentsholing town. Eight different Tibetan Buddhist Stupas can be seen enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the garden.

According to legend, an Indian pilgrim couple visited this place and prayed for a child. The wish was granted, and since then, couples have been visiting this place in hopes of a better future.

Crocodile Breeding Centre Phuentsholing

Crocodile Breeding Farm in Phuentsholing was established in the year 1976 in a small scale without much development, in a small pond. This was further improved during the year 2003 in collaboration with Nature Conservation Division and WWF Bhutan. Unlike most farms elsewhere where they are bred for their valuable skins, the Norgay farms aim is to increase their number and release them into their natural habitat.

All visitors to the crocodile breeding centre are requested not to throw any kind of food into the crocodile enclosure or disturb the animals by throwing stones at them.

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