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.
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.
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
Location: On a hillock of Phuentsholing town
Timings: 7 am – 6 pm
Location: On the way to the Amu Chhu Crocodile Breeding Centre
Location: 20 minutes drive from Phuentsholing Hospital
Location: On the Phuentsholing-Thimphu Road, few meters ahead of RICBL building
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 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.