One of the closest Bhutanese towns to India, Gelephu or Gelyephug is located towards the south of Bhutan. Cossetted with all the natural marvels, this town is also revered as one of the most fertile regions and biodiversity hotspots in the entire Land of Thunder Dragons. Gelephu is also called the ‘Gateway to the Royal Manas Natinoal Park’ which is an indigenous home to some of the most rare and endangered wildlife species. To name a few of the dwellers of this region, there are Golden Langurs, Asian One-horned Rhinos, Gangetic Dolphins, and lot more.
Previously located along the banks of the Mao Chhu River, Gelephu was shifted to its current location in the late 60s. Also, being one of the three entry points to Bhutan, Gelephu experiences quite a large number of visitors coming in from the Indian state of Assam. The town is also an ideal place to witness and experience cross border trade with India. The town is located merely 50km (1 hours’ drive) away from Assam’s Bongaigaon town.