The Liaison Office of the Embassy of India, Thimphu in Phuentsholing was eastablished in 1976 and it was upgraded into a full-fledged Consulate General of India (CGI) in October 2006. The jurisdiction of the Consulate extends to districts of Chukha, Samdrup Jongkhar, Samtse, Sarpang, Dagana and Pemagatshel in Bhutan.
Phuentsholing is a border town in Chukha District of Bhutan and is located right across the Indian town of Jaigaon (State of West Bengal). Phuentsholing is called gateway of Bhutan and a large portion of Bhutan’s trade with India and with third countries is done through Phuentsholing border. Phuentsholing also handles a large volume of tourist traffic to/from Thimphu and Paro.
Phuentsholing also has other GoI offices like Central Water Commission, B.R.O, and liaison Offices of various Public Sector Undertakings of India such as Water and Power Consultancy Services Ltd.(WAPCOS), Satluj Jal Vidut Nigam (SJVN) and Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDCIL).
The nearest Indian Railway Station to Phuentsholing is Hasimara (State of West Bengal) which is at a distance of 20 Km. The nearest Indian airport is Bagdogra (175 Km). Thimphu the capital of Bhutan is 5 hours drive (172 km) from Phuentsholing.