Attractions in Gelephu Unlike other fascinating destinations of Bhutan that are mostly in the hilly region, Gelephu due to its location near the Indian border state of Assam has a more plain physical geography and warm atmosphere. Located adjacent to Royal Manas National Park, apart from being famous as the base for travelers it is also known for its hot spring or ‘tshachu’ which is said to have medicinal properties.
Visitors can also cleanly experience the ancient Bhutanese tradition of ‘Menchu’ or Hot Stone Baths, where the water is heated by submerging red-hot stones into the bath and then used to bathe and soak. During your visit to Gelephu, you can also pay a brief visit to Kuenga Rabten Palace which is now converted into a monastery.
The plain geographical feature of Gelephu has also aided to be a perfect place to set up another air terminal which was completed in 2012 but due to the lack of proper control tower and terminals, it is yet to be certified under the Department of Civil Aviation of Bhutan.