Bhutan Gate

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Overview

India and Bhutan share a soft border. Bhutan is a protectorate state of India. Bhutan Gate is very significant because it is a symbol of the friendly relationship between Bhutan and India. Bhutan Gate is the entry point into the kingdom, and every visitor is likely to see this structure first.

This gate demarcates Indian and the Bhutanese territory with adjoining cities of Phuentsholing and Jaigaon. This gate allows vehicular movement from India and the other way round. It is close to the immigration office. You can access the Indian passport stamp at the city center of Jaigaon, which is 800 meters away from Bhutan Gate.

While coming by road to Bhutan, you will pass through this gate. In case you are not coming by road, spare some time to marvel at this magnificent structure. This is the only land access to entering Bhutan.

It is on the way to Bhutan, and people frequent it while entering Bhutan. Tourists usually halt at night in many small and big hotels before moving on to obtain the visa at Phuentsholing on the other side of the gate.

Dalsinghpara Buddist church is a fantastic blend of Buddhist engineering and Christian spirit.

 

 

Architecture

Majestic Bhutan Gate on the India-Bhutan border gives you the glimpses of Bhutanese architecture. The beautiful illustrations of dragons and authentic Bhutanese artwork adorn the gateway all over it. Dragons have been painted on both sides, demonstrating real Bhutanese art, and Bhutan Gate features typical Bhutanese architecture and design. This grand structure greets the visitors entering the country.

This ornate gate has distinctive Bhutanese designs and traditional style motifs.  It marks the shift in architectural style when you will see mind-blowing wooden work on the gate.

Jaigaon town of West Bengal shares its boundary with the Phuntsholing town of Bhutan on Bhutan Gate. Both sides differ drastically from each other. After crossing the gate, the noise subsides with no market vendors and loud, ear-piercing honks. The ambiance is noise-free with fresh air and a clean atmosphere. Unlike Jaigaon in West Bengal, the traffic seems more relaxed and regulated.

Public cleanliness and the orderly planning of the buildings on the Phuentsholing side are the striking differences as you walk into the kingdom.

 

 

Places Around Phuentsholing

Amo Chhu Crocodile Breeding Centre

Location: Near Phuentsholing bus stop on Amu Chhu riverbanks

Timings: 9 am – 6 pm

Zangto Pelri Lhakhang(Buddhist site)

Location: Town Center, near the Indo-Bhutan border

Timings: 8 am – 6 pm

Karbandi Monastery

Location: On a hillock of Phuentsholing town

Timings: 7 am – 6 pm

Phuentsholing Market

Location: On the way to the Amu Chhu Crocodile Breeding Centre

Phuentsholing Viewpoint

Location: 20 minutes drive from Phuentsholing Hospital

Phuentsholing Park

Location: On the Phuentsholing-Thimphu Road, few meters ahead of RICBL building

 

 

Bhutan Gate Travel Tips

Bhutanese Army officials conduct routine checks. Indian and foreign nationals must show their passport and photo ID to enjoy a hassle-free journey in Bhutan.

Two separate gates are there for entry and exit. Visitors can go up to 5 kilometers without permission. However, you will require immigration and visa to travel further.

The immigration and visa offices are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and Bhutanese National Holidays.

Bhutan Vehicle department at the bus depot issues vehicle permit. The charges are 100Nu/Rs for a vehicle permit for a day. A vehicle permit is given for Paro and Thimphu.

Shashastra Seema Bal, paramilitary force and Bhutan Police guard the entrance and exit gates. They ensure vehicle traffic remains orderly without unnecessary honking. Honking is a punishable offense in Bhutan.

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 07:30 am to 08:30 pm
  • Monday : 07:30 am to 08:30 pm
  • Tuesday : 07:30 am to 08:30 pm
  • Wednesday : 07:30 am to 08:30 pm
  • Thursday : 07:30 am to 08:30 pm
  • Friday : 07:30 am to 08:30 pm
  • Saturday : 07:30 am to 08:30 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • By Train : The most convenient way of reaching Bhutan is by train. After reaching the happiest country, Bhutan, you can hire a cab from Hasimara Railway Station that will take you to Phuentsholingi in 30 minutes
  • By Bus : You can also reach Bhutan Gate by bus. You can board a direct bus from Esplanade MRT Station, Kolkata to reach Phuentsholing. The bus will only 18 hours to cover the distance from Kolkata and Phuentsholing. The Royal Bhutanese Government operates these buses. Buses also run in Siliguri from Phuentsholing/Jaigaon.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Free Entry :

Things to Do at Bhutan Gate

  • Travelers stroll in the Jaigaon region, the border area, and savor street-side food like momos and chowmein.
  • Indians sell mobile accessories, garments, and street food on the Indian side of Jaigaon. Showrooms, hotels, and shrines welcome the entrance of people from the other side. Bhutanese flock Jaigaon in West Bengal to purchase economical goods.
  • The entry gate is nicely lit at night. You will get a spectacular view here. Just cross over the entrance to access delicious local food and souvenirs for shopping. The Bhutanese side(Phuntsholing) predominantly has shops, bars, and hotels. From the bus terminal on the Bhutanese side, you can board the buses to places like Thimphu, Paro, and Punakha.
  • Tourists relax at the garden in front of the gate and take pictures before setting out for a beautiful journey into Bhutan's peaceful kingdom. This much-photographed destination affords you a lovely first photograph for your Bhutan photo album. You can enjoy socializing with the locals here.
  • Bhutan is a land of love, happiness, and a new, serene environment. It is free of pollution and beggars. People are happy go lucky with no high ambitions and religious mindset. Monasteries are the place to visit for religious-minded individuals.

Address

Bhutan Gate, National Highway 317A, Phuentsholing, Bhutan

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Mubinur Rahman
Mubinur Rahman
08/03/2020 19:34
Awesome place to be... The entrance for the peaceful dragon... BHUTAN
Sajeevkumar p s
Sajeevkumar p s
02/21/2020 15:20
The Bhutan Gate is an example of exquisite craftsmanship and beautiful wood painting. It is the entry to the country of Bhutan and is a kind of greeting for the visitors. Walking access the gate is a one of a kind experience. Many Indians and Bhutanese across the border daily and it is a good spot to mingle with the locals. It is also one of the most photographed attraction of Phuentsholing.
riju kumar
riju kumar
07/18/2020 14:02
It was a fantastic experience. I enjoyed every moment of it.
Sam
Sam
02/29/2020 14:12
It is the international border that separates India and Bhutan and also it is the only gate to enter Bhutan. The gate is designed beautifully with traditional bhutanese artwork that reflects their typical architectural culture. U can feel the difference between both sides of the gate. Just enter the gate and see the cleanliness. Surely u will love the place. After all it's our neighbor country.
Shivam Mahato
Shivam Mahato
07/23/2020 11:18
I love this Bhutan gate it's beautiful and wonderful place and I visit regular...

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FAQs

Bhutan is one of the least expensive countries to visit for Indians, Nepalis, and Bangladeshis. For all other countries, a fee of $200 per person per day is applicable for Bhutan.
Bhutan Gate is at Phuntsholing, and you can get accommodation options within a mile in multiple hotels.
The most popular time to visit Bhutan Gate is 08 am - 09 am, and 50% of people start their visit between 08 am - 09 am. It takes around 30 minutes to visit Bhutan Gate.
Jaigaon is a town in the Alipurduar district of West Bengal in India. It borders Bhutan, and Bhutan Gate separates India and Bhutan.
Assam shares 267 kilometers international border with Bhutan. Other states are Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, and Sikkim.
The nearest railhead to Jaigaon is Hasimara in West Bengal. Trains connect Hasimara with Delhi, Kolkata, and Kanpur regularly.
Hotels near Bhutan Gate: (0.04 km) Hotel Siddharth (0.05 km) Hotel Ga Me Ga (0.17 km) Hotel Druk Phuentsholing (0.16 km) Damchen Hotel (0.17 km) Hotel Sinchula
Restaurants near Bhutan Gate: (0.10 km) Kizom Cafe Pizzeria (0.09 km) Zen Restaurant (0.06 km) TsheringPhuensum Hotel (0.21 km) Asian Kitchen Hotel Restaurant and Bar (0.19 km) Cafe 975
Public transport is very convenient for Bhutan. You can board a bus or hire a taxi from Phuentsholing to get off at Paro.
Phuentsholing to Siliguri is a drive of 157 kilometers.
From Siliguri or Bagdogra, first, drive to Phuentsholing, and then board a bus to Thimphu. The distance between Phuentsholing and Bagdogra is 164 kilometers, and you may cover it in 4 hours.
Indians can halt in any of the hotels in Phuentsholing without a permit. After you leave Phuentsholing and reach any other city like Thimphu, you will need a permit to check into any of the hotels or lodges.
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