Phuntsholing zangtopelri lhakhang is one of the sightseeing places in Phuntsholing. This monastery is located in the centre of the Phutsholing main shopping centre and is walking distance from the Bhutan gate and the Indian town of Jaigaon across the border. Zangtopelri mean abode of Guru Rinpoche (Bhutanese people call him the second Buddha, he was the saint who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan in the 7th century). This monastery is supposed to be the replica of his celestial abode.
Phuntsholing Zangtopelri Lhakhang was built in the early nineties by Aku Trongmi (the person who wrote the national Anthem of Bhutan) with the help of donation from all quarters of the Bhutanese people. This is the only monastery after Kharbandhi Gyemba in the town of Phuntsholing. Spread over almost half acre there are nice shady places to sit and relax on a hot sunny days.
This is a small place and its shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to walk around the whole place. Being in a walking distance from the immigration office this is a good place for Indians to visit when their permits are being processed or when waiting for their turn to come for the biometrics.