Gelephu

GelephuGelephu town borders the Indian state of Assam and cross border trade is rampant and as such, the town has been the main commercial hub for the entire central Bhutan for a long time. Unlike almost all the border towns, Gelephu has a vast expanse of plain lands. It is the biggest town under Sarpang district located about 30 kilometers to the west. It has a population of about 10,000 people.

The town has been identified as a major industrial area and works are in progress for the country’s biggest industrial estate to come up very close to Gelephu town. Gelephu is also the only border town with a domestic airport launched in October 2012.

A popular attraction is the Gelephu Hotspring (known as Tsachu), which is located about 15 kilometers away from the town. Located next to a stream, the hotspring is said to have medical properties and locals frequent the spring and dip themselves for hours to cure themselves of various diseases. In winter, people from all over the country come to the spring and camp there for weeks. The area is also a gateway to the Royal Manas National Park, which is the oldest nature preserve in Bhutan.